Subaru’s first-ever hybrid model – the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid – has a starting price of $26,820, including destination costs. This makes it $4000 more expensive than the base price of the regular XV Crosstrek, which is priced from $22,820 when it comes with the standard five-speed manual transmission.
Powering the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine coupled with a 13 hp electric motor that is built into the one-choice-only CVT. Just like all the U.S.-market Subarus except for the BRZ sports coupe, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid features Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive with an active torque split system as standard.
The fuel economy rating of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid has yet to be released but it’s estimated to be considerably better than the 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined ratings of the standard XV Crosstrek when equipped with a CVT.
This means that the hybrid has to exceed 30 mpg in combined mileage. What makes the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid different from the standard model are its clear LED taillights, a new wheel design, and various hybrid badging. The hybrid’s interior gets a new instrument cluster and a hybrid-exclusive 4.3-inch LCD screen that displays a hybrid energy flow diagram.
There are two trim levels available for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, namely: Premium and Touring. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid Premium model is differentiated from the standard XV Crosstrek Premium due to its keyless access and pushbutton start, automatic climate control, the aforementioned LCD display, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Touring model, which costs $30,120, builds on top of this and gives this model the added features of navigation, leather seats, and a moonroof. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will start selling later this year. The official EPA fuel economy ratings are expected to be announced shortly before its release. [source: Subaru]