Subaru Hybrid Cars

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Subaru never invested as heavily in the hybrid segment as many other brands did, so it’s not overly surprising that there is only a single Subaru Hybrid on the US market. Built on the foundations of the Crosstrek, the Subaru PHEV entered the market in 2019, and it has only seen minor updates since.

List of Subaru Hybrid Models and Prices

This is a list of the Subaru Hybrid car models currently for sale in the USA:

Model Power Engine Base Price
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 148 hp 2.0L Flat 4 Plug-in Hybrid $36,845
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 160 hp 2.0L Flat 4 Hybrid $25,995

What to Consider When Buying a New Subaru Hybrid

The heyday of hybrid cars is coming to a close, but it will still be some time before the general public is willing to trade in their ICE car for an EV. Therefore, it is still worthwhile to have at least one hybrid model in rotation. Subaru’s only hybrid vehicle is a spin-off of one of its most popular models. But what exactly does it offer that makes it good enough to stand alone against all the competition?


  • Good ride quality
  • Good passenger space
  • Decent off-roading capabilities
  • Competitive fuel economy
  • Standard AWD
  • Comprehensive luxury and safety specs on top trims


  • Subpar trunk size
  • Higher asking price
  • Mediocre handling
  • Somewhat bland styling


Is the Crosstrek Hybrid the best Crosstrek to buy?

If you make lots of short daily trips and can make the most of the all-electric range, it can provide all the zero-emissions driving you need without using a drop of gas. This means you can really cash in on that 90 mpg-equivalent fuel economy. But if you need more performance, the Sport model with its 2.5-liter Boxer engine is the best, at around $9,000 less than the Hybrid. If you habitually drive the Hybrid beyond its electric range, the weaker gas-only performance will ruin its otherwise great fuel economy.

How much does a new Subaru hybrid cost?

The price of the plug-in Crosstrek is quite a bit higher than the regular model, so you’ll need to be prepared for a price tag of around $35,000. Luckily, you can recoup some of this if you drive it frugally.

Can the Subaru plug-in hybrid go off-road?

Though not a true 4WD vehicle, the Crosstrek Hybrid has great ground clearance and excellent AWD traction, which means it can do more than you might expect and is great for camping trips. You’ll have to tow a small trailer (max 1,000 lbs) because of the disappointing size of the trunk, though.

Will Subaru make any new hybrid cars?

The Japanese automaker never really put much effort into making hybrids, so it is unlikely we will see any more in the future. The Crosstrek SUV may continue to sell for a while, but it is possible the rest of the range will be electrified when and if the brand joins the EV revolution.

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