The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Has a Major Availability Problem

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is an impressive piece of machinery with a 2.0-liter flat-four and an electric motor. The electric motor uses a CVT to drive all four wheels. The Crosstrek’s total output is 148 hp, and on a full battery, it can travel up to 17 miles. One of the downsides to this incredible machine is that it is only available in zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate states, meaning those living outside those states can’t access them.

Where can you buy the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid?

The blue Subaru Crosstrek plug-ing hybrid is shown at AutoMobility LA
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The states in which the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid can be purchased are Connecticut, California, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, New York, Maryland, Vermont, and Rhode Island. The lack of availability means that those living outside those states will have to turn to used cars to get their hands on one.

Subaru dealerships are only selling the Crosstrek PHEV in the states that adopt the zero-emissions vehicle requirements. The other states need to adopt environmentally conscious consumers and stricter air quality standards for them to be able to access this version of the Crosstrek.

The features of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is ranked No. 3 by MotorTrend, beating some of its competitors like the 2021 Lexus UX250h, the Audi Q5e Plug-on Hybrid, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and many others.

The Crosstrek PHEV came back better than ever with a couple of upgrades, such as a redesigned front fascia with a front bumper, a fog light trim, and a new grille, and an improved suspension that helps with riding, steering response, and handling.

The Crosstrek has two motors that join a 2.0-liter engine, a healthy amount of electric torque, and an impressive 148 hp. The CVT sends power to the wheels, and the Crosstrek has all-wheel drive.

Its fuel economy is a steal. A full battery can go up to 17 miles of electric range, suitable for running errands. Its EPA estimates are 90 MPGe or 35 MPG on gas, which is an extra boost for a vehicle of its size.

The Crosstrek PHEV is functional and compact. It can seat five people, although there is not enough room to stretch, especially for adults. The 2021 hybrid model has up-to-date safety technology guaranteed to keep you, your passengers, and others safe.

Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control and a rear-seat reminder are some of these safety features. These features earned the Crosstrek a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The infotainment system of the Subaru Crosstrek 

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The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid combines the efficiency of a plug-in electric vehicle and the capabilities of a gasoline engine using the StarDrive technology. The car eliminates the need for running out of electric power as the gas engine can charge the electric battery even when it’s not plugged in.

You can also charge the car at home on any standard outlet or use the charger if you have one. It takes five hours to charge a depleted battery using a 120V household outlet fully. Charging using a 240V outlet takes two hours to charge a fully depleted battery.

The standard equipment in this model includes multiple driving modes, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

How safe is the Crosstrek PHEV?

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid has comprehensive safety technologies that help keep you and your passengers safe. The first is a Blind-Spot Detection system that uses a visual indicator if it senses movement in a blind spot.

Another technology is the standard Rear Cross-Traffic Alert that warns the driver if there is traffic approaching as he is backing up. Another feature is the Rear-Vision Camera that enhances visibility and the Reverse Automatic Braking that makes the car stop itself automatically to avoid hitting objects behind you.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is one of the safest and environmentally friendly vehicles around. Because of this, only a few states are eligible to use it. Drivers in the outside states are sadly missing out on this fuel-efficient, safe and spacious car.

It beats most other hybrid vehicles in efficiency and has some of the highest ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. Until the other states comply with the rules, some drivers will just have to miss out on this powerful hybrid vehicle.