2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid that is a small SUV and Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid that is referred to as StarDrive technology. It uniquely integrates two electric motors, where one functions as an engine starter and electricity generator. The second powers the vehicle for hybrid and electric driving modes and charges the battery during regenerative braking.

This is my idea of a move in the right direction for the transition period while we move toward an alternate propulsion system that proves to be the best long-term solution. Whether all electric or Hydrogen electric wins out in the end is anyone’s guess. Me, I’m guessing the final solution is 20 plus years into the future before we find out for sure. I always recommend that you stick with Hybrid cars for the best performance solution until then.

General Information:

Class- Small SUV; Cars from Subaru- Ascent, RZ, Crosstrek Hybrid, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX.

Handling & Performance:

The new Hybrid is faster than the standard Crosstrek and is capable of speeds up to 65 mph in full electric mode. This EV (electric vehicle) has a range of 17 miles but up to 90 mpg with a total range of 480 miles when you count the battery power.

Subaru encourages owners to go off-road. “We actually say it’s fine to take this vehicle off-road,” said Garrick Goh, Subaru of America’s product planning manager for the Crosstrek Hybrid. “Some competitors’ owner’s manuals warn against it.” This is because Subaru appeals to buyers who have active lifestyles and love out of doors adventures.

Read more: https://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2019-subaru-crosstrek-plugin-hybrid-first-drive#ixzz5eDYElX53

Styling:

Typical small SUV styling that has satisfied the wants and wishes of consumers for several years now.

Fit and Finish:

Subaru quality assembly that makes Subaru a strong contender.

Cost:

Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the good stuff.

Consumer Recommendations:

Buy a hybrid until something better comes along.

Recognized Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled Drive Train
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 36,000 90 5 4 Japan Japan AWD
Chevrolet Equinox 28,000 27 5 4 USA Canada AWD
GMC Terrain 40,000 23 5 4 USA Canada AWD
Toyota Prius Prime 34,000 133 4 4 Japan Japan FWD
Kia Niro 36,000 105 5 4 Korea Korea FWD
Mitsubishi Outlander 42,000 5 4 Japan Japan 4WD
Honda Clarity 37,000 110 5 4 Japan USA FWD
Lexus RX 52,000 29 6 4 Japan Japan AWD

Good News:

Great fuel economy, off-road specialty, AWD, very good high-tech feature list, competitive pricing.

Bad News:

N/A

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 137 HP 4-cylinder horizontally opposed (boxer) engine, Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable) transmission, Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 18” alloy wheels, Eyesight driver assist tech, Adaptive cruise control, auto pre-collision braking, Lane departure, blind spot detection, Lane change assist, Rear cross traffic assist, climate control, electronic parking brake, hill start assist, keyless access with push button start, pedestrian alert system, power windows, locks and mirrors, rear vision camera, tire pressure monitor, dynamic control, steering responsive headlights, high beam assist fog lights, roof spoiler, roof rails, heated front seats, heated mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, leather trimmed seats, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth controls, 6-way power driver seat, multi-function display with hybrid functions, dual rear USB ports, Starlink 8 inch multimedia system , smartphone integration with CarPlay, Android Auto, Aha Pandora, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, audio with Sirius XM.

Gas Stats:

$3.09 / Gal avg. January 30, 2019

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

35 to 90 combined MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $34,995.