Eric's Autos: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Why buy a hybrid when gas is cheap? To go faster, of course.
A bit more speed is among the benefits you'll get if you buy the new plug-in hybrid version of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.
It gets to 60 mph one full second sooner than the non-hybrid version of Subaru's very popular littlest crossover, which is a nice perk. Usually, the hybrid version of a car is slower.
The plug-in Crosstrek can also go about 17 miles in electric mode -- and as fast as 65 mph -- without burning any gas at all, and without forcing you to wait for a recharge.
What It Is
The Crosstrek is a compact-sized five-door crossover SUV based on the Impreza five-door hatchback wagon.
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The two are almost exactly the same overall length (175.8 inches for the Crosstrek versus 175.6 for the Impreza), but the Crosstrek gets lifted almost 4 inches off the deck (8.7 inches of clearance versus 5.1 inches for the Impreza). This ups the Crosstrek's off-road (and poor road) game as well as its snow day game, especially on days when the plow comes to plow the road.
The regular Crosstrek costs $21,895 to start; the plug-in version starts at $34,995.
The plug-in version of the Crosstrek is a new addition to the lineup for 2019.