The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid came out of the gates swinging. While the Crosstrek has lived somewhat under the radar for a few years, the past two years have been quite good for the little hatchback. Sales for the Crosstrek have been banging away, as they should, considering the 2023 Crosstrek Hybrid is the best subcompact SUV, according to Consumer Reports.
Is the Crosstrek Hybrid a good car?
Consumer Reports found many things to love about the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. However, it only scored one point higher than the conventional Crosstrek and comes at a $7,350 premium. Let’s take a closer look at that.
The Crosstrek Hybrid aced the road test. While the Hybrid does yield better gas mileage than the conventional one, it is only four mpg better. This isn’t a dig; it just goes to show how good the conventional Crosstrek is as well. Consumer Reports recorded 33 mpg in their testing of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. If the Hybrid only yields slightly better fuel economy than the regular Crosstrek, why bother spending the extra $7k?
What engine is in the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?
The hybrid model comes with a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine. While this engine is pretty efficient and can travel 17 miles on just battery power, it is pretty slow. Meanwhile, the conventional 2023 Crosstrek comes with a 2.5-liter four-pot making 182 hp and, again, only gets four mpg fewer than the Hybrid.
Consumer Reports notes that while you can drive up to 17 miles on only battery power in the Hybrid, keeping the gas engine from kicking on is tough. If you have a heavy foot at all, the Subaru will opt to use the gas. It also takes around 2 hours to charge the PHEV on a 240-volt charger and over five hours on a normal 110-volt charger.
Are Subaru interiors nice?
Subaru isn’t exactly known for its fancy interiors. The brand pride itself on supporting a rugged, adventurous lifestyle for families. Those marketing words don’t often correspond with classy appointments. That said, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid only comes in the Limited trim, which is pretty high up on the trim list.
CR says the interior has a mix of soft-touch interior bits along with hard plastics. Some of the dash controls can come off as a bit cheap feeling and plasticy. The Limited trim does get leather upholstery, Bluetooth, navigation, heated seats, and an optional sunroof.
How safe is the Subaru Crosstrek?
The Crosstrek Hybrid, with its standard front prevention systems, received an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. Subaru’s suite of safety and convenience features, EyeSight, is standard on the Hybrid and for all Crosstrek trims that have an automatic transmission. EyeSight includes forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assistance (LKA), and adaptive cruise control (ACC).
Subaru is one of the safest carmakers on the road today. This is one of the most important factors that has led to the brand exploding over the past few years.