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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

The 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid boasts good safety scores, a spacious interior, and surefooted handling. However, it has sluggish acceleration and comes up short on advanced safety features, keeping it mired in the middle of our subcompact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Good fuel economy
  • Quiet, comfortable ride


  • Slow acceleration
  • Few advanced safety features

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The Crosstrek Hybrid is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used subcompact SUV. The Crosstrek rides comfortably even over rough road surfaces, and its standard all-wheel-drive system helps keep the vehicle under control in inclement weather. This SUV also sports a roomy cabin, user-friendly tech features, and strong crash safety ratings.

Ultimately, though, the Crosstrek Hybrid isn’t a top pick because of its weak acceleration and shortage of advanced safety features. Before you buy, consider other SUVs like the 2015 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, which have zippier engines and better fuel economy ratings. We review the nonhybrid XV Crosstrek separately.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 23 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

Based on listings for the 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid on our site, the average price is $19,800. Prices range from $16,000 to $23,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Crosstrek Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $20,900, or about $4,200 per year. That’s lower than average for a subcompact SUV.

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

Starting at $34,995, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is an all-new model that outshines its predecessor in nearly every area. It boasts a higher-quality interior, an all-electric range of 17 miles, and great hybrid fuel economy of 35 mpg combined city/highway. The new Crosstrek hybrid is equipped with the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, and it packs Subaru’s EyeSight package (forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and more). None of these features were available in the previous hybrid model. Overall, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is a better SUV, but it comes at a substantial jump in price. You'll have to decide if the updates are worth the money.

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There aren’t any new hybrid SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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Which Model Year of the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Is Best?

Subaru launched the XV Crosstrek Hybrid for 2014, one year after the nonhybrid XV Crosstrek arrived. The hybrid’s first update came for 2015, when it received an easier-to-use infotainment system (Starlink). For 2016, “XV” was cut from the Crosstrek’s name, the SUV gained a blind spot monitoring system, and the front bumper received styling tweaks. These updates make the 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid and 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid a bit more desirable. Subaru did not make the Crosstrek Hybrid for the 2017 and 2018 model years. Production of this model resumes for 2019.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

The 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s about average for the class, but it’s low when compared to the industry as a whole.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid at this time.

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Which Used Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid has two trim levels: Hybrid and Hybrid Touring. The base model comes standard with a 6.2-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a CD player, six speakers, a USB port, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Hybrid Touring trim adds a larger 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, leather seats, and a moonroof. Unless you want leather upholstery or satellite navigation, you’re apt to save more money with a used 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 XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid five out of five stars in the side crash test, as well as four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV the highest rating of Good in all areas tested. All 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid models come standard with a rearview camera.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or 2015 Subaru Crosstrek?

Both the Subaru Crosstrek XV and its hybrid lookalike offer many of the same benefits, including the same touch screen, posh cabin materials, and standard all-wheel-drive system. Both also have similar go-anywhere exterior styling. Ultimately, though, we think most shoppers will prefer the nonhybrid Crosstrek. It’s nearly as fuel-efficient as the nonhybrid version, and it’s rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds (you can't tow with the hybrid version). You can also get the Crosstrek XV with a manual transmission and with Subaru’s EyeSight active safety features, which consists of forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and more. These features aren’t available in the hybrid.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid or 2015 Subaru Impreza?

The 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback has a lot in common with the Crosstrek Hybrid, including an all-wheel-drive system, infotainment features, and even the body style. The main difference, aside from the powertrain, is that the XV Crosstrek has a taller ride height. Neither of these vehicles is a top pick in its respective class, but the Impreza does offer comparable utility and fuel economy at a lower price point.

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2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Drive?

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 160 horsepower. That's not a lot of power for an SUV. The Crosstrek gets up to speed leisurely, and its hybrid system provides lackluster passing power on the highway. Press hard on the gas pedal, and you’ll experience as much engine noise as acceleration. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive are standard.

The Crosstrek’s AWD system gets better reviews than its engines. It provides good traction on slick and snow-covered roads, and it’s complemented by a refined suspension that does a good job of soaking up bumps and dips. The Crosstrek can handle a bit of off-roading too, thanks to its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, but it’s better-suited to on-road driving.

Does the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Crosstrek Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That’s a good rating by SUV standards, but it's not good compared to other hybrid vehicles. Further, it’s only slightly more efficient than the nonhybrid XV Crosstrek.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Towing Capacity

Subaru does not recommend towing with the Crosstrek Hybrid.

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2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Seat?

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a four-door SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable, and they provide adequate support for longer trips. The rear seats are cozy as well, and both rows have decent headroom and legroom for taller passengers. Cloth upholstery and heated front seats are standard; leather upholstery is available.

Thanks to its many soft-touch plastics and cleanly styled dashboard, the Crosstrek Hybrid interior has a premium look and feel. Unfortunately, the cabin lets in a lot of road and wind noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid?

The Crosstrek Hybrid has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, citing anchors that are deep within the seat cushions and hard to maneuver around.

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Features

Subaru really packs in the features with its Crosstrek Hybrid models. Every model comes standard with a 6.2-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, keyless entry, and push-button start. Available features include a larger 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and satellite radio.

Both Starlink touch-screen systems are easy to use, and they support popular apps like Pandora, Aha, and iHeartRadio. There are additional buttons at the side and underneath the screen as well, which make it simple to adjust the volume and climate settings. It’s not all good news, though. The speakers provide rather poor audio quality.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Dimensions

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Cargo Space

The Crosstrek Hybrid has 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 50.2 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s about average for a subcompact SUV.

2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Length and Weight

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is 14.6 feet long. It weighs between 3,451 and 3,495 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Built?

Subaru built the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in Japan.

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