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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes well-equipped with features and has standard all-wheel drive. However, its weak powertrain and limited number of safety features make it hard to recommend.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Lots of standard technology
  • Sluggish engine performance

New for 2016

  • Final model year
  • "XV" dropped from name
  • Updated exterior styling in front
  • New blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert


Rankings & Research

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is not a good – or practical – option. Its fuel economy estimates, while good for the subcompact SUV class, are well below what you’d expect from a hybrid. In fact, they’re just a few mpg better than the ratings of many nonhybrid rivals. Moreover, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a great deal of space for cargo or passengers, and its performance is dull.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the reviews of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 26 reviews for this 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid overview.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has 75 years of car industry experience combined. You can trust that our reviews are impartial because we never accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and another company takes care of our website's advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

Based on more than 450 listings on our site for a used 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, you can expect to pay between $18,400 and $25,000. The average list price is $22,000, but your final price will vary based on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Cost to Own?

A number of expenses arise after purchasing a vehicle. The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid’s estimated five-year costs for gas, repairs, insurance, and maintenance add up to about $21,600. That’s lower than most competitors’ estimates. The nonhybrid Subaru Crosstrek, Chevrolet Trax, and Honda HR-V will each cost you approximately $22,000 over five years. In comparison, the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman come out to more than $24,000. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2016 model year was the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid’s last, so you won’t find a newer model. However, there are a number of 2018 subcompact SUVs that cost just a couple thousand dollars more. They include the 2018 Mazda CX-5, the Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Tucson. None are hybrids, but all are superior vehicles. If you can afford the extra cost, you’ll be better served with any of these newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average for the industry.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has no reported recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Is Best?

The Crosstrek Hybrid is part of a generation that began in 2014 and ended with the 2016 model. You could save money by purchasing one of the earlier models (named the XV Crosstrek Hybrid), but it’s not advisable. The 2014 model has a marginally better score of 8, but like the 2015 model, it lacks blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Used Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid comes in two trims: base and Touring. The base model comes well-equipped with a 6.2-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, heated front seats, and remote keyless entry. It also comes with a few active safety features: a rearview camera, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. You won’t find any rivals with as many standard features. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Touring trim adds leather upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and a moonroof. Tech enthusiasts will want the Touring trim, but most folks will be happy with the base model.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s the IIHS’ most prestigious award. The Crosstrek Hybrid also received the agency’s top safety rating of Good in all five crash evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid a perfect five-star safety rating in overall and side crash tests. It earned four stars in front and rollover crash testing. 

While most subcompact SUVs offer driver assistance features as options, the Crosstrek Hybrid comes standard with several: a rearview camera, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. However, the gas-only Crosstrek is available with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety features, which is not the case for the hybrid. EyeSight features include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or 2016 Subaru Impreza?

These Subaru vehicles share nearly all of the same components, pros, and cons. Their powertrains are the main difference – the Impreza has a nonhybrid engine that gets a tad less horsepower. Interestingly, the Impreza earns the same combined fuel economy rating as the Crosstrek Hybrid (31 mpg). The Impreza is also available with the EyeSight suite of safety features, which the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer. While neither of these vehicles perform well in their respective class rankings, the Impreza is the better – and typically lower-priced – option.

Which Is Better: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or 2016 Honda HR-V?

The 2016 Honda HR-V is the all-around better and more practical SUV for everyday driving. It has more cargo space and roomier back seats than the Crosstrek Hybrid, as well as marginally better safety and reliability ratings. The HR-V’s fuel economy estimates can’t quite match the Subaru’s, but they’re close. We named the HR-V our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money and 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or 2016 Subaru Crosstrek?

These SUVs are nearly identical in design and features; the only difference is their powertrains. Still, even for fuel-focused shoppers, there is little reason to purchase a used Crosstrek Hybrid over the nonhybrid model, aside from the hybrid’s few extra city mpg. The nonhybrid Crosstrek has a bit more cargo space, and it’s likely to cost less than the hybrid model.

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2016 Crosstrek Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together generate 160 horsepower. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s powertrain favors fuel efficiency over power, so acceleration is leisurely, and there’s little highway passing power. Both the ride quality and transmission are smooth, and the all-wheel-drive system provides good traction on slick surfaces. The SUV’s 8.7-inch ground clearance also allows for moderate off-roading.

Does the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Crosstrek Hybrid is the only hybrid vehicle in the class, but its fuel economy estimates aren’t impressive. Highway gas mileage estimates aren’t much better than those of many nonhybrid rivals. The Crosstrek Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 and 2016 Nissan Juke get similar fuel economy numbers. Even the nonhybrid Subaru Crosstrek’s estimates are similar.

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2016 Crosstrek Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid Seat?

The 2-row Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid holds five occupants on cloth seats. Its cabin is good-looking and composed of quality materials. The front seats are comfortable and have good lateral support, but they aren’t available with power adjustments. The rear seats have adequate room for average-sized adults, but tall passengers may wish for more headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid’s rear outboard seats are equipped with two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow a lower anchor from each of the outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second-lowest) because the anchors are buried deep in the seats and are difficult to maneuver around. 

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Features

The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with significantly more technology than most of its competitors. Standard features include automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, keyless access, and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system, which features a 6.2-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and smartphone app integration. A power moonroof and an upgraded Starlink system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice-activated navigation, and satellite radio are available.

The infotainment touch screen is user-friendly, as are the well-arranged dashboard controls for climate and audio settings. However, the available navigation system has complicated menus, and the stereo delivers poor sound quality.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Dimensions

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.2 cubic feet with them folded. A few rivals, like the Honda HR-V, offer several more cubic feet. Even the Volkswagen Golf hatchback gives you more overall cargo space.

2016 Crosstrek Hybrid Length and Weight

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has an overall length of 14.6 cubic feet. The base model weighs 3,451 pounds, and the Touring trim weighs 3,495 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Built?

The Crosstrek Hybrid was manufactured Japan.

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