Crossover & Midsize

Is Your Subaru Outback Really Environmentally Friendly?

It’s no secret that Subaru Outback models are popular in outdoorsy areas such as the mountains of North Carolina. They have a green reputation and some pretty good off-roading chops. But let’s see how green your Subaru Outback actually is. 

How green is the Subaru Outback? 

With the help of CarbonCounter, we can see that the Subaru Outback has a moderate amount of emissions. This means that the Outback isn’t the greenest SUV you can buy, but it’s also not the worst option. 

A 2020 Subaru Outback parked off-roading in a forest.
2020 Subaru Outback | Subaru

The greenest SUV is the Honda CR-V, and the Grand Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk is the worst SUV for the environment. Also, it’s worth noting that choosing a more powerful engine with your Subaru Outback releases more emissions into the environment. 

People like to go with larger engines or turbo engines for more power and speed. They allow more gas to pass through the engine at a faster rate for more combustion. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine in the Subaru Outback pumps out 182-hp, but the 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine provides 260-hp. 

This leaves you with the choice between having more speed or saving the environment a little with fewer emissions. However, the 2020 Subaru Outback does meet the current vehicle emission standards in the United States. 

Is there a Subaru Outback Hybrid? 

You can go much greener with a hybrid vehicle, plus doing so would provide you with a tax credit. However, there isn’t a hybrid Subaru Outback yet. But the Subaru Outback hybrid and all-electric models are coming soon. 

A red 2020 Subaru Outback driving on the countryside.
2020 Subaru Outback | Subaru

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Subaru and Toyota recently merged to develop all-new midsize and large electric SUVs. As a result, Subaru will follow in Toyota’s footsteps by producing hybrid models as they work on creating fully electric options. 

You can expect to see a plug-in hybrid electric Subaru Outback and Forester sometime in 2021 and 2022. Until then, we will have to wait to learn more. But if you don’t want to wait, you can go ahead and check out the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, as other models will most likely use the same technology. 

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid starts around $35,145, so you have to pay a pretty penny for the most fuel-efficient Crosstrek ever. It gets up to 90 MPGe, meaning it’s the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid in America. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid also has a range of up to 480 miles. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek with a parachute and two people ready to fly
2021 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Some drivers complain that Subaru SUVs don’t have enough pickup, but the Hybrid Crosstrek automatically optimized power, torque, and fuel efficiency for an improved acceleration. Also, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid grants you restricted lane access so your daily commute can be more efficient. 

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek can tow up to 1,000 lb and has symmetrical all-wheel drive for capable adventuring. The Symmetrical AWD system delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction, improved handling, and a faster response to quickly changing road conditions. 

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the most reliable subcompact SUV of the year according to Consumer Reports.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium | Subaru

Also, the integrated roof rails are perfect for storing more cargo. But with 100,7 cubic feet of passenger space, the Subaru Crosstrek could have enough room for all of your passengers and luggage.