For $3,000 more than a base automatic Crosstrek, the Hybrid comes with LED tail lamps, chrome door handles and, if you’re in love with Iceland’s moss, lime green paint. The $26,820 price also packs automatic climate control, folding body-color mirrors with turn signals, push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the dash LCD display. The Hybrid Touring, at $30,120, adds leather seats, a moonroof, and a touchscreen navigation and radio unit, circa 1999 (Subaru must recognize this, as we all used Garmins). Either trim brings a simple, uncluttered interior with decent quality materials and ample space to stretch out. The heating system is fabulous, by the way.
If a hybrid Subaru was what you’ve always wanted, the Crosstrek Hybrid is, for now, your only choice. Uncanny traction and dead-serious durability are crowning achievements for a small car at this price, hybrid or not. Should you sink your own Crosstrek into a fresh pothole this winter, replace any flats and relax. Far worse has happened to this car. Remember that, in case you end up driving mine.
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