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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid continues Subaru's tradition of standard all-wheel drive and exceptional grip both on the highway and off the beaten path. Its cabin has a serenely quiet ride and premium materials, but its reliability is a little shaky.  

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Capable handling on- and off-road
  • Quiet interior
  • Below-average reliability
  • Available navigation can be difficult to use


Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Hybrid SUV for Families award. Currently the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is spacious and stable, making it a great pick for families seeking out a solid used car. It also gets better gas mileage than most subcompact SUVs, including the nonhybrid Crosstrek.

On the highway, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid has plenty of power and accelerates better than the nonhybrid 2014 XV Crosstrek. Its hybrid powertrain has a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. A single electric motor is built into the CVT. Handling is nimble (though not sporty) and steering is precise. The Subaru’s standard all-wheel drive provides excellent grip on unpaved or slippery terrain. Like other hybrids, this crossover SUV uses regenerative brakes to help recharge the battery. Unlike other hybrids, however, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s braking feels consistent and natural. Its gas mileage also beats the rest of the class at 29 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

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As one of the smaller subcompact SUVs, the five-seat Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is shorter on passenger space and cargo room than some rivals, like the Honda CR-V. However, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s legroom and cargo space do surpass some subcompacts, like the Nissan Juke. For securing child safety seats, the Subaru comes with the usual three tether anchors (one for each rear seat) and two sets of lower anchors (outboard seats only).

The interior of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid feels upscale, with a list of appealing standard features like heated front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Factory options include Aha smartphone app integration, satellite radio, and a moonroof. Don't go out of your way to find a model equipped with the available navigation system – it isn't very user-friendly.   

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Used 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid ranges from about $18,300 for the base trim to about $19,700 for the Touring trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid isn't very reliable. It earns a below-average reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Most other subcompact SUVs have similar scores, though. Only the Buick Encore and Mini Cooper Clubman have above-average ratings.

How Safe Is the XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

When it was new, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as the highest ratings in all five crash tests. A rearview camera is standard, but there are no other advanced driver assistance features available.  

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Should I Consider Another Used XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

There's very little difference between used XV Crosstrek Hybrids from different years. This crossover SUV was introduced for the 2014 model year, and minor improvements were made for 2015. In 2016, Subaru dropped the XV label to reveal the Crosstrek Hybrid. The model was retired at the end of 2016. With so few changes between the three model years, you have the freedom to pick from any of them.  

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Which Used Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid is available in the base Hybrid and the uplevel Hybrid Touring trims. Luxuries like leather-trimmed seats and a moonroof are added to the Hybrid Touring, and its upgraded infotainment system gains smartphone integration, navigation, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. On average, you'll pay about $2,200 extra for the Hybrid Touring trim. While connecting your smartphone is certainly a plus – as is the upgraded upholstery – the base model already feels pretty premium. You don't need to sweat paying more for the Hybrid Touring if you can't afford it.

You might consider a certified pre-owned XV Crosstrek Hybrid. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our scoring on our own personal opinions, we research and analyze data like other experts' analyses, estimated gas mileage, crash test ratings, and more. For our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid review, we combined 18 different pieces of information. We then compared the XV Crosstrek Hybrid with its top competitors to help you find your ideal used car.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and Other SUVs to Consider

In 2014, only a few crossover SUVs of this size were on the market, and there were even fewer hybrid SUVs. This makes the 2014 XV Crossover Hybrid a unique entry – unless you want to consider newer models that have more in common with it, like the Honda HR-V or the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (both launched in 2016). Still, if you like the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, there are a few other cars from 2014 that you may want to take a look at.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid or 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

While there are a lot of similarities between the XV Crosstrek Hybrid and the 2014 Crosstrek (including identical interior dimensions), the hybrid outclasses its nonhybrid counterpart in many ways. It is more robust when accelerating, has a supremely quiet ride, and features a more upscale interior. The hybrid's fuel-sipping powertrain also saves you about $200 per year in gasoline costs. The best news is that you get all these perks without having to spend more, as both have similar average prices.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid or 2014 Subaru Forester?

Another Subaru crossover SUV to consider is the 2014 Subaru Forester. It is a little longer than the XV Crosstrek Hybrid; the back seat (with almost 3 more inches of legroom) and cargo area (which grows from 22.3 to 34.4 cubic feet) benefit most from the extra space. You can save a little bit of money by purchasing the Forester instead of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but you won't get the hybrid’s level of standard amenities or upscale materials.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

Shoppers desiring a more spacious vehicle than the XV Crosstrek Hybrid – without losing its fuel efficiency – should consider the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It gets nearly the same gas mileage as the Subaru, but it has room for seven people. The Highlander Hybrid's high-class cabin is decked out with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 12-speaker JBL sound system. The catch? Its starting price is about $11,600 higher than the XV Crosstrek Hybrid's.

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