Subaru has announced pricing on the 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid models. The most anticipated SUV offers all-wheel-drive capability in a hybrid package. Arriving at Subaru retailers this fall, the 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.
The Crosstrek has become Subaru’s third-best-selling model in America since its debut six years ago. Priced at $35,145, the Crosstrek Hybrid is offered in single standard trim and the most efficient version of the versatile compact SUV ever.
- Rear Seat Reminder and Automatic door locks are now standard
- Magnetite Gray Metallic replaces Crystal Black Silica
TECH & SAFETY FEATURES
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes with an ample list of standard features that includes the 8.0-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, 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, SI-Drive and dual USB ports.
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.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid comes standard with a suite of driver-assist and safety features. The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. Exclusive to Hybrid, 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. 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.
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 for the Crosstrek offer a high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and STARLINK apps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, voice activated controls for phone and AM/FM stereo. The Base trim is equipped with the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia system as standard. The 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, standard on Premium, adds a single-disc CD player, SiriusXM All-Access Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free subscription), WIFI hotspot capability (subscription required) and HD Radio. The 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus adds over-the-air updates and Near Field Communication to the list of features and is standard on Limited and Hybrid. The top-of-the-line 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom (3-year free over-the-air map updates), SiriusXM Traffic (3-year free subscription) and is optional for Limited and Hybrid.
Three STARLINK Safety and Security packages are available on Premium and Limited trims as well as Hybrid. The STARLINK Safety Plus Package includes SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report and diagnostic alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds remote engine start with climate control and heated seats, stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, remote vehicle locator and parenting features including boundary, speed and curfew alerts. The STARLINK Concierge Package adds the convenience of in-vehicle assistance with restaurant and hotel reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater events and scheduling service appointments.
Exclusive to the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, STARLINK Connected Services 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 free subscription to STARLINK Safety and Security Plus package.
The Crosstrek Hybrid soft-touch plastics and contrasting stitching on the seats don’t hide the fact that Subaru still pushes its old agenda, prioritizing functionality and durability over outright style, something loyal Subaru drivers will recognize as a plus, while new buyers may be dissuaded by the perceived low-rent approach. The interior feels chunky and lets the occupants know that they’re getting ready for an adventure. The dashboard fits the central console and features contrast stitching and aluminum accents, offsetting the relatively dark interior. Despite the somewhat dull-colored materials and faux-carbon fiber accents, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has most certainly stepped up its game with higher quality materials than before, while seating for five still remains ample.
The front occupants can expect decent legroom, and taller drivers have enough adjustment for adequate head and legroom within the confines of a car-like driving position that will appeal to many transitioning to the crossover segment. The rear passengers won’t be so happy, as even shorter occupants will feel a bit cramped in. The odd thing is the Crosstrek provides ample rear leg space, and shoulder to shoulder seating sees three adults sitting comfortably, but the roof cuts off some desirable headspace limiting comfortable rear seat usage to short teenagers. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid seats are comfortable and offer acceptable levels of side bolstering, perfect for when you decide to hit the trails or adventure down a twisting road.
Inside the cabin, an illuminated and lockable glove box and center console bin with storage tray and 12-volt power outlet add some much-needed space to store your trail mix and sunscreen, while door pockets are amply sized. Seatback map pockets are available too, while the main storage bin ahead of the shift lever is large and highly practical.
With the rear seats in place, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid cargo space has actually decreased from the previous generation, coming in at 20.8 cubic feet, nearly half that of the Honda CR-V with all seats in place. The load sill is high, and the height of the cargo hold is shorter than rivals which makes it awkward to load large items. The volume increases when the rear seats are folded, resulting in 55.3 cubic feet of space – less than most rivals but still enough for a mountain bike on its side.
The Crosstrek Hybrid system features Subaru StarDrive Technology that uniquely integrates electric motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injection BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and a 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. This combination produces a total output of 148 horsepower.
The 2020 Subaru 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 standard Crosstrek, the 2020 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 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.
2.0-liter flat-4 + 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery
Engine only: 137 horsepower, 134 lb-ft of torque
Total combined system horsepower: 148 horsepower
EPA city/highway (combined) fuel economy: 35 mpg, 90 MPGe
Electric-only range with a full charge: 17 miles
Towing capacity: 1,000 pounds
Zero to 60 mph: 8.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 26.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.6 sec @ 83 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 109 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 173 ft