2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a simple cabin with user-friendly dashboard controls and lots of high-quality, padded surfaces, according to critics. Auto writers note that it is quieter than the non-hybrid Crosstrek. They add that the Crosstrek Hybrid's front and rear seats are spacious enough for 6-footers. The Crosstrek Hybrid has slightly less cargo space than the non-hybrid Crosstrek, but it has significantly less than most similarly priced compact SUV rivals.

  • "With plenty of soft-touch materials and a simple, cohesive overall design, the Crosstrek's cabin is a pleasant place to ride out long journeys." -- Left Lane News
  • "The dashboard and door panels are wrapped in soft-touch trim, and in general the Crosstrek's cabin materials are nicer than Subaru's historical norm." -- Edmunds
  • "We also like the comfortable ride and tastefully finished cabin." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is, in fact, the nicest evolution yet of the Impreza. It features more sound deadening than the conventional XV and comes with a higher level of standard content, which helps justify its $3000 premium over a conventional XV Crosstrek with an automatic transmission." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. The Touring trim comes with leather upholstery.

Test drivers say the Crosstrek Hybrid has enough front- and rear-seat space for 6-foot passengers. They appreciate the Crosstrek Hybrid's standard heated front seats and noise-reducing materials.

  • "For drivers and passengers alike, the Crosstrek has plenty of room, even with 6-footers in the mix." -- Edmunds
  • "Otherwise it's mostly the same, with rear seats that are sufficiently big for adults, but may be better used when folded flat for nearly 52 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We particularly appreciate the standard heated cloth seats." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The standard Crosstrek, like the Impreza on which it's based, is a woefully tinny, cheap-feeling vehicle. The hybrid version carries a healthy layer of additional sound-deadening material and an acoustically laminated windshield." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid include a rearview camera, automatic climate control, 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. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has two new standard features for 2016: blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The Touring trim includes a power moonroof and an upgraded Starlink system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice-activated navigation and satellite radio.

Test drivers say the Crosstrek Hybrid's dashboard controls are easy to use. The touch-screen infotainment system is straightforward, according to auto writers, though they note that the available navigation system isn't. Critics also complain that the Crosstrek Hybrid's stereo system delivers poor sound quality, and they note that there's no upgraded stereo option.

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  • "The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek SUV features the newest Starlink infotainment system that emphasizes apps and user-friendliness, putting this little Subaru on more competitive footing. … The dashboard's center stack is home to user-friendly controls and a handy lower storage compartment for mobile phones and other small items." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Subaru Crosstrek follows a template similar to its Impreza counterpart, with a simple interior design that features logically arranged controls. … Standard audio quality is pretty awful, though, and there's no premium brand-name upgrade as you'll find in some rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior's only significant downside is a cumbersome optional navigation system that's overly fussy and best skipped for an aftermarket unit." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat and 50.2 cubic feet with its rear seat folded. Most similarly priced compact SUV rivals offer more overall cargo space, as do some subcompact SUVs, such as the Honda HR-V, and some compact hatchbacks, such as the Volkswagen Golf. However, reviewers are pleased that the Crosstrek Hybrid has only slightly less cargo space than the non-hybrid Crosstrek, and they like the hybrid's underfloor storage space.

  • "[T]he battery pack located beneath the cargo floor reduces cargo capacity by just 1.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded and by 0.8 cubic feet with the seatbacks in place." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, there is essentially no compromise to be made compared to the non-hybrid. … Even with the placement of the battery pack, you still get four liters of underfloor storage." -- Autoblog (2014)

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