2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Prices Announced: $25,995 Gets You Behind the Wheel
The final piece of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid puzzle has finally fallen into place: Price. Introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines the off-road ability of the standard model with improved city and combined fuel economy. And it'll cost you $25,995 to get behind the wheel. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid comes in two flavors: standard, and Touring. The standard model comes equipped the same as the gas-only XV Crosstrek Premium model, and adds keyless entry and start, automatic climate control, a better instrument cluster with a multi-function display, body-color mirrors and chrome door handles, and a leather steering wheel. The upgraded XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring costs $29,295 adds touch-screen navigation, leather seats, and a power moonroof. Neither price includes destination. All hybrid models of the Subaru XV Crosstrek get the same drivetrain: a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder "boxer" engine mated to a 13.4-hp electric motor. The only transmission available is Subaru's continuously variable automatic, which is integrated with the electric motor and the starter/generator to provide stop-start and regenerative braking capabilities for the hybrid. Of course, it includes Subaru's all-wheel drive system, and it retains the XV Crosstrek's 8.4-inches of ground clearance, giving this hybrid a little more than just foul-weather stability. The body of the Hybrid is augmented with active grille shutters and other aerodynamic enhancements to help improve fuel economy.Just how good is that fuel economy? The standard XV Crosstrek gets 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined when equipped with the automatic transmission. The Hybrid model gets the same highway fuel economy, but improves the city and combined rankings to 29 and 31, respectively. That's not a huge jump in a world where Prius hybrids get upwards of 50 mpg. On the other hand, we can't imagine taking a Prius anywhere near an off-road trail, and that high ground clearance doesn't help the XV Crosstrek Hybrid's aerodynamics. Is an extra 4 mpg in the city--plus a few extra features--worth $3,000 over the price of a standard XV Crosstrek? That's for buyers to decide. We'll find out once it goes on sale late this year. Source: Subaru
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