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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid gains welcome lighting while the standard push-button start now comes with a PIN code access. Subaru's new Starlink multimedia interface is now standard featuring a 6.2-inch touchscreen with smartphone-like controls. Opting for the range-topping Touring trim adds navigation and a larger seven-inch touchscreen.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is an all-wheel-drive Impreza-based crossover with increased ground clearance. A 2.0-liter I-4 paired to a small electric motor with a total system output of 160 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is respectable for the class at 30/34 mpg city/highway but isn't as high as cars with full hybrid powertrains. Pricing starts at $26,845, making it over $4,000 pricier than the base gas-powered XV Crosstrek.


Thanks to its generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is capable on- and off-road. However, its hybrid powertrain doesn't offer a large power increase over the non-hybrid and its fuel economy is only a few ticks more versus the gas-powered XV Crosstrek's 26/34 mpg. Opting for the hybrid variant doesn't come at the cost of utility because the additional powertrain components don't cut into cargo space. With the split-folding rear seats up, there's 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space available and 50.2 cubic feet with them down, which is smaller than the non-Hybrid's 22.3 cubic-foot cargo area that's expandable to 51.9 cubic feet.

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, scoring Good on all tests while offering superior front crash prevention (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

Despite the fact that it doesn't have much power, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is plenty capable and is a good all-weather vehicle. In a 2014 First Drive, we said that despite its size and car-based underpinnings, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is an impressive performer off the pavement. At a Subaru event, XV Crosstreks tackled a challenging Icelandic off-road adventure that saw it cross a flooded river and icy roads. Choosing the XV Crosstrek Hybrid doesn't come at the cost of practicality because the extra powertrain components don't cut into the car's trunk space as much as other hybrid vehicles.

You'll Like

  • Capable on- and off-road
  • Utilitarian interior
  • Generous ground clearance

You Won't Like

  • Expensive
  • Not as much interior space as similarly priced Forester
  • Fuel efficiency isn't too impressive for a hybrid

Key Competitors

  • Ford C-Max
  • Toyota Prius V
  • Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
  • Fiat 500X
  • Honda CR-V


2 star


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