2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Our Quick Spin in Subaru’s first ever production hybrid was quite an unconventional one; and amongst the flat tires, 90 mile per hour winds, white out conditions and waist high snow drifts, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid soldiered through an early winter Icelandic snowstorm with amazing grace under pressure.
Pitting its mild-hybrid powertrain against the elements seemed feasible at first, impossible at the onset of bad weather, and pretty darn impressive when all was said and done.
160 total system horsepower is generated through a 2.0 liter BOXER 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower, and a 13.4 horsepower electric motor integrated into the CVT. A nickel-metal hydride battery sits under the rear cargo area.
The usual host of advanced fuel saving technologies are present, including auto stop/start, a limited EV-only mode, and active grille shutters. All told, fuel economy rates 31 MPG Combined. Mildly better than the conventional Crosstrek.
But the Crosstrek Hybrid, and Subaru as a whole, plies its trade in go-anywhere, adventure driving. And with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, we were surprised to find just how far we could push this green machine before it, and even our Icelandic tour guides in their Land Rover Defenders and Nissan Patrols, had reached their limits.
On sale now, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid begins around $27,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter
Price: Begins around $27,000