2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid By The Numbers

NOV 20 2018 BY MARK KANE 27

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid – the all-wheel-drive PHEV.

Subaru is introducing this year the Crosstrek Hybrid – the plug-in hybrid version of the 2nd generation Crosstrek, which becomes the first Subaru PHEV.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is equipped with plug-in tech from Toyota (Toyota Prius Prime to be precise) – series-parallel plug-in hybrid system combining a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER direct-injection gasoline engine, a new Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and two electric motor generators.

In the back, we see 8.8 kWh battery, which gives Crosstrek Hybrid up to 17 miles (27 km) of all-electric range (compared to 25 miles in the case of the Prius).

The car will start from $34,995 plus $975 for destination and delivery (it varies in some states), so after deducting $4,502 in federal tax credit (we assume the same as in the case of Prius), the final effective price is $31,468.

Below we attached all the spec data, a photo gallery and even the full press release.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid spec:

  • 8.8 kWh battery, 25.0 Ah; 351.5V
  • all-electric range of 17 miles (27 km) (EV mode up to 65 mph); total range: 480 (772 km)
  • Towing capacity: 1,000 lb. (class 1); 100-lb. tongue capacity
  • System output: 148hp from 2.0L engine (137hp @ 5,600 rpm), Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and two electric motor-generators:
    MG1 Operates as power generator to charge and maintain the high-voltage hybrid battery. MG1 is also the starter motor and generator for the gasoline engine.
    MG2 supplies electrical drivetrain power output for the hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) driving modes. Also provides charging for the high-voltage hybrid battery during regenerative braking.
    MG2 output: 118.0 HP / 148.9 lb-ft of torque, 0-1,500 rpm.
  • all-wheel drive
  • charging time: 2 hours at 240 V
  • Curb weight: 3,726 lb

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Press blast:


  • First-ever Subaru plug-in hybrid vehicle
  • New Subaru StarDrive Technology
  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Up to 90 MPGe
  • Full range of 480 miles when using both gas and electric power
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology standard

Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid. The highly anticipated SUV offers real all-wheel drive capability in a hybrid package. Arriving at Subaru retailers near the end of this year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique exterior and interior styling and new in-vehicle technology. The new SUV also qualifies for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) permits in many states, including CA, MD and NY.

The Crosstrek has become the brand’s third-best-selling model in America since its debut six years ago. Priced at $34,995 plus $975 for destination and delivery*, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is the most efficient version of the versatile compact SUV ever.

The Hybrid features the new Subaru StarDrive Technology that uniquely integrates electric motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and a new Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Subaru StarDrive Technology employs two electric motors. One motor functions as an engine starter. Conversely, it can be powered by the engine to function as a generator for the hybrid battery. The second motor powers the vehicle for hybrid and electric driving modes. It also charges the hybrid battery during regenerative braking.

The Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of speeds up to 65 mph when in full electric mode and is a full second faster from 0 to 60 mph than the standard Crosstrek. The new powertrain not only yields quicker acceleration, but up to 90 MPGe with a total range of 480 miles.

The high-capacity lithium-ion battery, mounted beneath the cargo area, enables the Hybrid to achieve an EV range of 17 miles, which covers a variety of trips.

An electronically controlled brake system has been developed. Braking control has been optimized to distribute braking force between the regenerative brakes and mechanical brakes, thereby maximizing the amount of power regeneration to improve fuel efficiency and extended battery life.

Like the Crosstrek, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was designed to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains. The standard Linerartronic CVT features X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance in low-friction and off-road conditions. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 8.7-inches of ground clearance and 1,000 lb. towing capacity provide versatility in both off-road and city driving. The 60/40-split fold-down rear seats offer up to 43.1 cu.ft of cargo space, enough space for camping gear or luggage. The standard SI-DRIVE is a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between “Intelligent” and “Sport” modes. Standard Active Torque Vectoring, first introduced on the WRX model line, applies light brake pressure to the inside front wheel while cornering for improved control and handling.

Exclusive to the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is a striking new exterior color, Lagoon Blue Pearl, one of four available hues. The SUV is further distinguished by blue headlight projector rings and unique silver metallic finish on the front grille, lower front bumper and body cladding, and fog light accents. The low-profile roof rails and spoiler in black finish, along with unique 18-inch wheels in black with machine finish, accentuate this model’s sleek styling. A “Plug-In Hybrid” badge adorns the rear gate and fenders, and “Plug-In” text is imprinted in the charge port door.

The Hybrid’s interior features exclusive new high-contrast Gray and Navy-Blue leather seats, door panels and armrests. The cabin is complemented with blue stitching and accent panels throughout.

The fun-to-drive Crosstrek Hybrid comes with an array of standard features including the 8.0-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; Automatic Climate Control; Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display; power windows with auto-up/auto-down on both driver and passenger sides; power door locks and side mirrors; LED fog lights and dual rear USB ports. The standard All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors. The leather-wrapped steering wheel includes audio, Bluetooth® and SI-Drive control switches. For easy recognition while driving, the high-grade instrument panel includes a 4.2-inch color LCD as well as a power meter for real-time power output and regeneration. The high-grade multifunction display located above the center stack adds exclusive hybrid functions including driving and charging screens.

With safety as a top priority, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid comes standard with a suite of driver-assist and safety features. EyeSight Driver Assist Technology includes Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure and Sway Warning; and Lane Keep Assist. For the first time in a Subaru vehicle, a Driver Assist Indicator has been installed at the top of the combination meter to increase visibility of EyeSight status or other warnings. Standard Steering Responsive Headlights illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. LED High Beam Assist encourages the driver to maximize the use of high beams without worry of impairing oncoming traffic. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Cross Traffic Alert is also standard. Further, the Hybrid features a Pedestrian Alert System that provides an audible warning to pedestrians within the proximity of the vehicle when it is traveling below 20 mph. Like all 2019 Crosstrek models, the Hybrid comes standard with seven airbags including driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags, side pelvis/torso airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

An option package priced at $2,500 offers a power moonroof, heated steering wheel and STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system with voice activated navigation powered by TomTom. Also included with the package is a Harman Kardon 8-speaker system with 432-watt equivalent amplifier.

SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology provides hands-free connectivity and entertainment through the vehicle’s multimedia or navigation system. All STARLINK Multimedia systems offer a high-resolution touchscreen; smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Aha™, and Pandora®; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; and Rear Vision Camera as standard. The 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus includes a single-disc CD player and voice activated controls for phone and Near Field Communication to the list of features. The top-of-the-line 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds navigation powered by TomTom, voice activated navigation and over-the-air updates.

New features for SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services, exclusive to Crosstrek Hybrid, include Remote Climate Control and Remote Battery Charging Timer. The vehicle’s climate control can function without starting the engine, so it can warm up or cool down even when garaged. The Remote Battery Charging Timer allows a user to manage the vehicle charging schedule and monitor its status. The Hybrid comes with a 10-year complimentary subscription to SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security Plus package, which includes Remote Climate Control and Remote Battery Charging Timer, SOS emergency assistance and automatic collision notification. It also features maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report and diagnostic alerts, stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, and remote vehicle locator and parenting features including boundary, speed and curfew alerts. The STARLINK Concierge package is available and features in-vehicle assistance with restaurant and hotel reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater events and scheduling service appointments.

*Destination & Delivery is $975 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $1,125 for retailers in Alaska.

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Compliance car. Nothing more.
They really tried hard to fit the electric hardware into the existing Crosstrek. And with a 17 miles / 28 kilometers electric range, they achieved what was predictable – a disastrous plug-in hybrid.

It’s also expensive for what it has to offer. No wonder they added premium interior – they have to justify the outrageous price.

I guess a start is better than nothing? Just getting people used to “having a battery” should only lead to better things later on I hope.

“Better than nothing” is the same thought I had, but that’s damning with faint praise. Reminds me of the Cmax Energi, but that car didn’t cost $35k though.

Lots of truth; the Crosstrek XV (although it was on the previous generation Crosstrek) was Subaru’s only hybrid and was capable of driving on its electric only under certain conditions. Mash that up with the Prime’s powertrain and it does cut some development costs…I believe they will make very few of these, you can add the eyesight package (even includes ACC) and it’s about $10K cheaper than this…

This seems to include the Eyesight package standard.

It does, and after $7500 fed rebate it competes pretty well with the straight ICE version. I know quite a few Crosstrek owners who would love a second quicker 0-60. That car is really underpowered.

This weaksauce gets the 7500 credit? That chaps my hide.

It doesn’t – its battery is less than 15 kWh.

Yes, IIRC the original Federal incentive was set up so that the Volt would exactly get the max credit.

It only gets $4500 from the Feds.

Apart from those who potter around town with minimal mileage, this Suby-Prime is better off being driven as a hybrid with a full charge. 90mpg, that’s nice no matter how you put it – all of course if the owners know how to operate it properly. If we all remember what it was like to drive a Prius down a hill and how much better it felt with 8 green bars supporting engine load – that’s a good thing.

Albeit, the trend amongst new plug-in hybrid owners and disinterested car journalists has either been exhausting the electric range asap, or not charging it at all. The nicest compromise seems to charge it up and drive it in hybrid mode (over 17 miles for a given trip).

17 miles electric range is a little low, I agree, but it certainly isn’t terrible. We need PHEVs with variety of electric ranges… from 20 all the way to 50+. People can decide for themselves how much battery they should purchase and carry with them depending on their needs. The intent of a PHEV isn’t to displace gas 100% of the time but to displace it perhaps between 80 and 90% of the time. Many people can do that with relatively small batteries. A bigger battery doesn’t come for free. Aside from the added cost, it adds weight and takes up space. Additional weight also requires the vehicle to be tuned with more heavy-duty suspension. Like anything in life, there is a happy compromise between 0 and 100 and the optimal place is different for each person.

That battery hump is almost as bad as my C-Max’s.

Probably 80% of these will be leased; Subarus tend to lease fairly well…

Bahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Can’t stop laughing. The price, the piss poor electric range, the battery hump in the boot.

We’ll just call this the Suby-Prime for now.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a better battery/range and cost less… you can pick one up today at most dealers, $5862 Fed tax credit. Outlander will also tow a trailer (rated 1500lbs in the US, but same car is certified for 3300lbs in Europe).

Mainly because of the Outlander’s “through the road” AWD hybrid system, we know how it’s more mechanically simple and efficient, but off roading ability for the Outlander (besides its good snow performance that its S-AWC was built for) is poor. Its two drive motors from the i-MiEV often stall on sandy hill climbs/starts.

This Suby-Prime clearly ran away with the traditional mechanical 4WD. How it can’t cut those losses and operate in FWD or RWD is beyond any of us now. Hopefully that sacrafice pays off if it offroads like it does in the promotional photos.

Although this Suby-Prime is using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, that’s lashed to Subaru’s traditional mechanical Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Subaru engineers probably panicked that drivers might run low on battery in the middle of a punishing AWD slog. Not the best choice for efficiency.

0 down 36 months with a trade in volt at 550 a month for a outlander

Way too little, way too late. They definitely aren’t taking electric seriously as virtually no investment in development. Getting their technology from a company (Toyota) that’s been dragging its feet with BEV’s. Not a good sign.

I love ya Subaru. My Impreza 5-door was great. But I’ve moved on to Electric. You just aren’t offering the AER I need to feel fulfilled. It’s not me, it’s you.

It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.

Does anyone think the total 148 horsepower is odd? If it makes any sense, 137hp from the engine means that only 11hp of assist from the battery is made.

It also seems like a missed opportunity for Subaru for not developing the first Atkinson cycle Boxer engine. Atkinsons are exactly what Toyota’s hybrids are built for! If that were the case that god-awful 35mpg hybrid figure won’t be so awful without any of the Atkinson side effects.

Subaru did adjust the engine to suit the hybrid powertrain. That’s why the engine horsepower is down on the regular Crosstrek XV.


Great, another compliance car…😒