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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek drive review

Heated controls on the 2014 Subaru XV Hybrid.

The 2014 Subaru XV Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter engine combined with the hybrid electric drive

What is it?

When Subaru and snazzed up the Impreza five-door to create the XV Crosstrek crossover for the model year, it must seemed like just the offroady-yet-earth-loving machine to receive the treatment. For 2014, here the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, with a well stuffed full of an electric motor built its transmission, and claimed fuel that cracks the 30 mpg barrier.


The hybrid gets wheels and lights, but otherwise much the same as the regular XV

Externally, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid very similar to the straight-gasoline the wheels on the Hybrid are designed to aerodynamic drag, the grille engine-temperature-controlled shutters for the same the taillights get different LEDs, and so An exclusive-to-the-Hybrid color known as Green Pearl will be and we hope that this name is an homage to legendary Plasma Boy .

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A dash-mounted LCD keeps the driver up-to-date on the workings of the hybrid system and

What’s it like to drive?

The 2.0 four-cylinder boxer engine a slight compression-ratio boost last year’s engine and out 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque on its own; the motor built into the Lineartronic CVT transmission adds horses and 48 lb-ft to the total. It feel particularly quick off the but the added low-RPM assist of the motor helps a lot when most needed — when you’re hauling mountain bikes up a steep road to your favorite Country trailhead.

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However, the weather in Iceland, where our drive took place, exactly what we’d told to expect. Instead of the sort of driving your XV Crosstrek Hybrid owner e.g. a 30-something office from suburban Denver who crunch through a foot of on the way to the ski slopes — might do, we up beating on our little Subaru grizzled Wyoming-gas-field roughnecks in a IHC Scout. Thick snow, lava slopes, 75-mph of volcanic-ash-laden wind howling off the North Atlantic, and huge carved by preceding Land with 38-inch tires in a march-or-die situation when the descended in true Skaftбreldar many kilometers into the outback.

At that point, it was after hour of full-throttle, CVT-thrashing, snowbank-bashing, bump-stop-banging as we crashed through 2-foot (with just 8.7 inches of clearance, which is plenty by CUV and forded icy streams with of bow-wave water cascading the hood.

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The XV Crosstrek looks good with the side glass blacked out volcanic ash.

The performance of the XV Hybrid was shockingly good all of this, considering what we asking of what’s essentially a off-road-ized commuter hatchback. daylight fading fast and the getting worse, we had no choice but to on. Ignoring the increasingly agitated messages about the ABS and traction-control from the multifunction display, we up the appropriate Scandinavian black on the respectably loud sound dropped the CVT range into 1, and up the next volcano.

The hybrid batteries didn’t last under these conditions, but the engine alone was enough.


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Sometimes even the XV needs a help from a Land

Yes, we got stuck a few times, the ruts got too deep and the XV couldn’t but get hopelessly high-centered. Then the Rover got stuck. Then the snowplow got stuck, at which we felt like doomed in a Halldуr Laxness novel. In the we made it, with the only car out of a to falter being the one that a crank-position sensor due to a particularly impact with a hidden crevice.

The lesson we learned all this is that the XV Crosstrek will laugh at the bad-road-conditions put before it by 99 and many more percent of real-world American owners.

The Crosstrek Hybrid a rare patch of paved in middle-of-nowhere Iceland.

On paved the XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers the sort of competent-but-not-particularly-luxurious driving familiar to a generation of Subaru aficionados. The Hybrid gets soundproofing than the regular XV, we assume quiets down any drivetrain sounds.

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Right out of the Subaru interior playbook.

Do I one?

Are you a Subaru fan who wants green cred? The XV Crosstrek might just be what been waiting for. You do to deal with a couple of that go with the Hybrid compared with the standard XV; the hybrid system’s batteries the space once reserved for the wheel, which means you get a repair kit (essentially, a can of fix-a-flat) of a spare.

Second, the higher compression ratio mandates the use of fuel. Hybrid-system-related hardware about 300 pounds, but the extra power keeps 0-60 nearly identical to those of the XV Crosstrek.

The upholstery should be easy to when your Bernese dog tracks in a few cubic feet of and its general function-over-form layout is for what the marketing types an active lifestyle. Plus, some other so-called roaders, this little has proven it’s got real credibility.

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