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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review

The all-new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has an upscale interior, a ton of standard features, and decent off-road capability. However, it comes up short on cargo space and has mediocre overall performance.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior
  • Very fuel-efficient
  • Long list of standard features
  • Small cargo volume for class
  • High starting price

Is the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid a Good Car?

The Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is a good subcompact SUV, though it sits in a class where it's not that hard to earn a high ranking. Subaru's first plug-in vehicle gets great fuel economy and boasts a high-class cabin and design. There's also a long list of standard infotainment and active safety features. Downsides include a small cargo hold for the class, so-so back-seat accommodations, and uninspiring overall performance.  

Should I Buy the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

For all the Crosstrek Hybrid's virtues, it's hard to recommend this Subaru as a slam-dunk buy or even as a good value proposition. Its base price of around $35,000 is astronomical for the class, and it represents a premium of about $8,000 over the highest trim level of the gasoline-only Subaru Crosstrek. Those variants are similarly equipped with features, but the fuel savings you'd realize with the hybrid aren't enough to justify its massive price increase. If you're looking for an alternative-fuel small crossover, you may be better served with the cheaper and more fuel-efficient Kia Niro.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is an all-new plug-in hybrid variant of the fully redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. There was a non-plug-in hybrid version of the previous Crosstrek generation that was built for the 2014 through 2016 model years. These models are vastly different from the new Crosstrek Hybrid, and they lack plug-in capability. However, buying one of these would likely save you tons of money over a new model.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our reviews of the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 19 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Cost?

The all-new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $34,995, which is several thousand dollars higher than the base price of any other subcompact SUV. There are a handful of major options and packages you can add that raise the car's price by another couple thousand dollars.  

The regular Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,895. Its range-topping Limited trim, which has most of the same features as the Hybrid, starts at $27,195. The base hybrid Kia Niro retails for $23,490, and the Niro plug-in hybrid’s price ranges from $28,200 to $34,900.

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or Kia Niro?

The Kia Niro is a highly ranked subcompact SUV that gives you a lot of options for an alternative-fuel vehicle. In standard form, it's a regular hybrid that gets 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. There's a plug-in version that's most comparable to the Crosstrek Hybrid, but this Niro variant is a little more fuel-efficient than the Subaru and has 9 more miles of electric-only range. New for 2019 is an all-electric Niro, which can go up to 239 miles on a single charge. Both of these SUVs have decent passenger room, but the Kia provides more cargo space than the Subaru.

Choosing between these two will probably come down to your budget and, in the case of the Niro, which powertrain you prefer. A standard hybrid Niro retails for roughly $11,000 less than the Crosstrek Hybrid, but it still comes with standard features like an infotainment system, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Niro plug-in hybrid starts at a little over $28,000, but there's a higher trim that's comparable to the Crosstrek Hybrid in features and amenities. That model has a similar price to what the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at.

Which Is Better: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid ranks a lot higher than its gas-only counterpart, but the differences are more nuanced. The regular Subaru Crosstrek has more cargo space than the hybrid, but both have similar interior qualities, passenger room, and overall performance. Pricing for the standard Crosstrek starts at $21,895. The Crosstrek Hybrid shares most of the same features as the $27,195 Crosstrek Limited trim, but at a higher price. You'd save about $350 per year in fuel and electricity costs by driving the hybrid Crosstrek over a standard variant, but with the jump in cost over the related Limited model, it would take you about 22 years to make up the difference with what you'd save in fuel. It may not be worth buying the Crosstrek Hybrid over what is already a fairly fuel-efficient gasoline model.

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Crosstrek Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Crosstrek Hybrid Seat?

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid seats five people. Its front seats are spacious enough and fairly comfortable, while standard six-way power adjustments for the driver make it easy to find an ergonomic position. However, you might wish for a few more adjustments to keep you comfortable on long drives. In the second row, two adults should have enough room to relax on shorter jaunts, but they'll probably start to feel cramped the longer the journey takes.

The Crosstrek Hybrid keeps out an impressive amount of road and wind noise, resulting in a quiet and serene cabin.

Crosstrek Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two sets of lower LATCH car-seat anchors and three upper tether anchors in the Crosstrek Hybrid. This specific system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

Crosstrek Hybrid Interior Quality

Based on the top trim of the regular Subaru Crosstrek, the Crosstrek Hybrid has a high-end interior with premium materials and a cool, modern design. The standard two-tone leather upholstery complements the dual colors of other cabin surfaces, and lines of the dashboard and consoles all flow seamlessly.

Crosstrek Hybrid Cargo Space

Cargo space is not the new Crosstrek Hybrid’s forte. There's just 15.9 cubic feet under the hatch, which expands to 43.1 cubic feet when you fold the second row down. The hybrid Crosstrek has its battery in the trunk, which raises the load floor by several inches. This is a detriment to lifting in heavy items.

By comparison, the regular Subaru Crosstrek has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space and a maximum of 55.3 cubic feet. The Kia Niro serves up 19.4 cubic feet of space and up to 54.5 cubes.

Crosstrek Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The all-new 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid comes loaded with features. You'll get convenience amenities like automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and push-button start. The standard STARLINK infotainment system is housed in an 8-inch touch screen, and it includes Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. You can also add a few features as options, like a moonroof, navigation, and a Rockford Fosgate or a Harman Kardon premium stereo.

Subaru's interface is generally user-friendly, with sharp graphics and menus that are easy to navigate. There are additional physical buttons to adjust audio volume and climate controls.

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Crosstrek Hybrid Performance

Crosstrek Hybrid Engine: Quick, Then Slow

The brand-new Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder boxer engine and two motor generators, which all combine to put out 148 horsepower. Lots of low-end torque and the instantaneous power delivery from the electric motors get the Crosstrek Hybrid moving briskly from a full stop. This car does OK at highway speeds, but it feels a little sluggish when trying to pass other cars or maintain speed on a hill. The gas engine also exhibits some noise and unrefinement.

The Crosstrek Hybrid features a continuously variable automatic transmission, which earns praise for its smooth operation.

Crosstrek Hybrid Gas Mileage: Great for an SUV

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid gets 90 MPGe combined city/highway, which is excellent for a plug-in hybrid SUV. It has an all-electric range of 17 miles. Still, the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid version is a little more efficient, with an MPGe estimate of 105 combined city/highway and an electric range of 26 miles. To learn more about alternative-fuel vehicle fuel economy, check out What Is MPGe?

The plug-in Crosstrek Hybrid charges in about 5 hours from a standard 120-volt household outlet and in about 2 hours from a 240-volt outlet.

Crosstrek Hybrid Ride and Handling: Middle of the Road

On the paved roads where most buyers will do a majority of their driving, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn't stand out for good or for bad. It has easy maneuverability in tight spaces and controlled body lean around corners, but there isn't much steering feedback. The ride quality is composed and forgiving over bumps on the road.

With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Crosstrek Hybrid is more capable off road than most other subcompact SUVs. You can tackle trails or light inclines with reasonable utility. The Crosstrek Hybrid also comes with hill descent control and a dedicated X-Mode off-road driving setup.

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Crosstrek Hybrid Reliability

Is the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Warranty

Subaru covers the Crosstrek Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Additional warranty coverage for hybrid-related components varies by state.

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Crosstrek Hybrid Safety

Crosstrek Hybrid Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid yet.

Crosstrek Hybrid Safety Features

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid comes loaded with standard driver assistance and active safety features. The included Eyesight suite of technology contains adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. You'll also get a rearview camera, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking.

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Which Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The all-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid only comes in one model. Starting at $34,995, it comes with leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and push-button start. The standard Starlink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and reverse automatic braking.

An option package that costs $2,500 adds a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. You can also spring for a Rockford Fosgate stereo for $570.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Subaru dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Subaru deals page.

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The Final Call

The all-new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in SUV that has a lot going for it: a classy cabin, great fuel efficiency, and tons of features. However, a very high base price, a small cargo area, and mediocre driving dynamics hurt its overall appeal.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The Crosstrek hybrid is … neither quick nor fun. This second-generation Crosstrek hybrid is the first Subaru plug-in. It's also one of the few hybrids equipped with all-wheel drive and enough ground clearance to handle light off-roading while retaining some dignity. Since it's a hybridized version of the popular Crosstrek, some of the compromises made during the transmogrification are apparent, but they're modest compromises to what is a modest vehicle." -- Car and Driver
  • "… The new Hybrid model presents a compelling argument for the extra money it commands over the conventional Crosstrek. … Ultimately, the Crosstrek Hybrid is a smidge quicker, just as capable off-road and significantly more efficient, albeit less spacious for cargo than the gas-only Crosstrek. The extra price premium is definitely something to consider, but in most key areas, the plug-in powertrain only makes the already-good Crosstrek even better." -- CNET
  • So should you go out and buy a Crosstrek Hybrid? If you like driving Subarus, you'll like driving this. If you drive a lot, and want to use gas as little as possible, you might be turned off by the 17-mile EV range, but we think the fuel economy figures, versatility and quality of this Subaru make up for what, in the larger picture, is but a minor shortcoming. The issue that might be of greater concern is the downsized cargo area. It'd suit this author's day-to-day needs, like toting a kid in a car seat around to do our Christmas shopping. On the odd weekend where we needed to pack a bunch of camping equipment and supplies, we'd get a rooftop cargo box, or a light trailer and make use of the car's 1,000-pound towing capability. It seems like a small and rare inconvenience for having that affordable, efficient, comfortable all-wheel-drive crossover, especially in the friendly, familiar packaging of a Subaru. After all, if you want an affordable all-wheel-drive compact crossover — a popular combination — but also want a plug and freedom from range anxiety, what else are you going to pick?" -- Autoblog
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