2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid still goes 17 electric miles, unique among affordable plug-in hybrids

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From its four flat engines to its rugged, utilitarian design, Subaru tends to approach things differently than other automakers. And this is reflected in his plug-in hybrid model, Crosstrek Hybrid, which returns for model year 2022 with the same market proposition and a modest $ 300 price increase.

The 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid is only offered in two versions. The base model starts at $ 36,770, including destination; an upgrade package adds a moonroof, navigation system, Harman Kardon audio, and heated steering wheel for $ 2,500, bringing the total to $ 39,270.

The EPA hasn’t released updated numbers for the 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid, but the 2021 model has an all-electric 17-mile rating, with an EPA city of 36mpg, 34 highway, 35 combined, and an estimated range of 480 miles based on the combined figure.

2023 Subaru Solterra

2023 Subaru Solterra

With the arrival of Subaru’s first mass-produced electric car, the SolterraExpected within a few months, the Crosstrek Hybrid could offer buyers another option if they aren’t quite ready to make the leap to electric.

That said, the Crosstrek was a very low-volume vehicle, selling almost entirely in the emission-free states of California where ZEV mandates and their credit-based system actually requires a certain ratio of plug-in models.

With the federal EV tax credit currently, the Crosstrek Hybrid qualifies for $ 4,502, while Subaru points out that some states offer additional discounts of up to $ 1,500. If you’re lucky enough to be able to claim both, that brings the actual price close to $ 30,000, roughly the same price as a top-tier non-electrified Crosstrek Limited.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

As with the Limited, the Crosstrek Hybrid includes an extra set of active safety features not found in the rest of the Crosstrek range, with automatic reverse emergency braking, blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic warning system. It also includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a full list of useful features.

The Crosstrek Hybrid was introduced for the 2019 model year and was a huge improvement over the previous Crosstrek Hybrid. But the current model hasn’t changed much since then. Its hybrid system makes a 2.0-liter flat-4 Subaru engine part of a Toyota-derived hybrid system, although the Crosstrek Hybrid has a mechanical all-wheel drive system (a strategy used in some luxury brand PHEVs) instead of the over – the road system, with rear engine, which other AWD hybrids like Toyota’s RAV4 Prime to include.

Like other Crosstreks, the Hybrid includes X-Mode controls that help allow traction (and power) to get to where it can be used best in slippery, steep or bumpy conditions.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

With an 8.8 kWh battery, the Crosstrek Hybrid recharges in five hours at 120 volts AC or in approximately 2.5 hours at 240 volts with a level 2 home or commercial charger.

Subaru said it gave the Crosstrek Hybrid an edge return of driving and handling for 2021, but we haven’t had time behind the wheel of this model in very early, and we hope to provide a review update in the near future.

Will the Crosstrek Hybrid stay in the lineup? Subaru recently told us the model is here to stay. If given a battery upgrade and much longer range, we could see this model remain relevant for many more years to come.

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