The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Crawls Out of Its Grave Next Year

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
the subaru crosstrek hybrid crawls out of its grave next year

While a lot of average folks like Subaru, the brand has long been popular with the hippie-dippy demographic. Frankly, it seemed like the company missed a golden opportunity to further solidify its standing with the granola crowd by being a little late on the hybrid front.

However, maybe we’ve categorized the automaker’s consumer base incorrectly — or at least their taste in powertrains. After all, the Crosstrek Hybrid wasn’t an overwhelming success. The model only lasted three years until Subaru decided to kill it off in 2016. But it’s coming back from the dead for 2019, this time as a plug-in — making it Subaru’s very first PHEV.

Considering how poorly the last model performed, choosing to bring back the Crosstrek Hybrid may sound like a fool’s errand. However, Subaru is being smart by building 2019 model with a power port. Plug-ins are gaining in popularity, though a lot of that stems from consumers being more willing to adopt battery-only vehicles. PHEV sales are more of a mixed bag and both still represent a minuscule portion of the total market.

We’re not sure how well the updated Crosstrek Hybrid will sell. But dealers will be able to boast that the model can be driven as a normal hybrid, using both gas and electric power to eliminate range anxiety, or solely under electric power for shorter commutes. That ought to interest those hunting for a versatile family hauler who are keen to keep fuel costs down but don’t want to go fully electric.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid keeps its four-cylinder Boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive, but adds a new transmission and a hybrid system on loan from Toyota. It’s also supposed to get some unique styling cues to differentiate itself from the gas-powered alternative.

While the automaker didn’t give much in the way of details, it’s safe to expect the same 2.0-liter from the standard car with added oomph coming from the electric motors. Subaru hasn’t released pricing yet, but it’ll definitely surpass the Limited trim’s $26,295 MSRP. Subaru says the model should begin appearing on dealer lots before the end of the year.

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  • Stuntmonkey Stuntmonkey on May 15, 2018

    It probably will end up the same if it is using the 2L FB20d. The savings in a hybrid comes from the fuel efficiency of a small engine, the hybrid hardware is basically there to make it more livable. If you use the same size engine, the savings are nominal. That said, and I've said before, the click-bait Subaru articles on TTAC are a bad bellwether of this site, it's the same principle (but in less extreme) that BS used to do during his tenure. "What do you think of this provocative have it" does not an informed reader make. How about actually providing context and information, so that the point of clicking on an article is to actually learn something? (Birkenstocks and dogs hurr durr durr! ... how original...)

    • Wheatridger Wheatridger on May 15, 2018

      Maybe it gets boring writing about cars every day? They're all pretty good. So you start writing about people- not people you know, just classes of people. It's easy to do. Mostly you're just quoting reliable old slurs and aspersions from past articles. It's in keeping with the lousy temper of the times, I guess. Personally, I was one of those "Hybrid? Never," folks, until I was helping a family member shop for a car. I found a rather unusual plug-in hybrid that does have power, handling and comfort- but I would have spent the seat time to discover that until I stepped outside my personal peeves and prejudices. It's great when that happens; it expands your world.

  • Zipster Zipster on May 15, 2018

    Over its lifetime, a Prius will use 2,000 to 3,000 gallons less fuel. Are you saying that the energy expenditure to make the batteries exceeds that? You are off by more than an order of magnitude. If making batteries cost that much in energy expenditure, it would be reflected in all of the batteries that you buy. One believes what one wants to believe.

  • V16 I'm sure most people could find 155,365 reasons to choose another luxury brand SUV and pocket the difference.
  • ChristianWimmer I don’t want this autonomous driving garbage technology in any car.My main fear is this. Once this technology is perfected, freedom-hating eco hysterical governments (crap hole Germany, UK and the European Union in general) will attempt to ban private car ownership because “you don’t need to own a car anymore since the car can come to you, drop you off and then proceed to service the next customer”... no thanks. Having your own car is FREEDOM.Go away, autonomous driving. I also enjoy the act of driving a car. I want to drive, not be driven.
  • Mike-NB2 The solution is obvious here. Everyone should be raised in an Irish Catholic family and then all it takes is a sideways glance from mom and you're atoning for that sin for the rest of your life. My mother has been dead for decades and I still want to apologize to her. Catholic guilt is a real thing. 😁
  • Wjtinfwb A good car. I don't find Accord's as appealing as they were a decade or two ago, not that they've gotten worse, but the competition has gotten better. It would be my choice if I had to pay for it myself and maintain it for 10 years and 150k miles. They'd be very reliable and no doubt inexpensive miles, but probably a pretty boring 10 years.
  • Lou_BC "augmented reality" Isn't that a mamoplasty?