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MSRP: $25,995 - $29,295
Invoice: $24,735 - $27,804
MPG: 30 City / 34 Hwy
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Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Interior

Automotive journalists say the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s hushed cabin and simple layout make it an enjoyable place to be. Most say the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has fairly roomy seats in both rows. Some reviewers think the XV Crosstrek Hybrid has simple dashboard controls and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, a few say the navigation system is difficult to use and the stereo has poor sound quality. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has less cargo space than most rivals, but only slightly less than its non-hybrid counterpart.

  • "We also like the comfortable ride and tastefully finished cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Subaru XV Crosstrek follows a template similar to its Impreza counterpart, with a simple interior design that features logically arranged controls." -- Edmunds
  • "With plenty of soft-touch materials and a simple, cohesive overall design, the Crosstrek's cabin is a pleasant place to ride out long journeys." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is, in fact, the nicest evolution yet of the Impreza. It features more sound deadening than the conventional XV and comes with a higher level of standard content, which helps justify its $3000 premium over a conventional XV Crosstrek with an automatic transmission." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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Seating

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid has seats for five on standard cloth upholstery. Heated front seats are standard and leather-trimmed seats are optional. Most automotive writers agree that the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a quiet cabin, which they say is especially noticeable when compared to the non-hybrid XV Crosstrek’s noisier cabin. A few reviewers say there’s a good amount of room in both rows, even for taller adults. However, others say rear-seat space is better used for maximizing cargo room.

  • "For drivers and passengers alike, the XV Crosstrek has plenty of room -- even with 6-footers in the mix." -- Edmunds
  • "Otherwise it's mostly the same, with rear seats that are sufficiently big for adults, but may be better used when folded flat for nearly 52 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We particularly appreciate the standard heated cloth seats." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "More significant than the greater torque or the improved fuel economy are the improvements to the car's noise-suppression package. The standard Crosstrek, like the Impreza on which it's based, is a woefully tinny, cheap-feeling vehicle. The hybrid version carries a healthy layer of additional sound-deadening material and an acoustically laminated windshield. The XV Crosstrek needed these additions more than it needed a hybrid powertrain." -- Car and Driver(2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a six-speaker stereo, a 6.2-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, Aha smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, push-button start with PIN Code Access and welcome lighting, which automatically activates cabin and exterior lights when you approach or leave the vehicle. Optional features include a 7-inch touch screen with voice-activated navigation, satellite radio, a power moonroof and two USB ports.

A few automotive journalists say the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is well-equipped for the class. Some test drivers point out the XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s dashboard controls and infotainment system are easy to use. However, some say the optional navigation system is complicated, and the audio system has poor sound quality.

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  • "Front and center is an improved infotainment system called Starlink that emphasizes apps and user friendliness, putting this little Subaru on more competitive footing, and letting us recommend the navigation system. … The dashboard's center stack is home to user-friendly controls and a handy lower storage compartment for mobile phones and other small items." --Kelley Blue Book
  • “With a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen interface and an available 7.0-inch touchscreen that includes enhanced multimedia features, the XV Crosstrek has one of the better-equipped interiors in this segment from a technological standpoint. Standard audio quality is pretty awful, though, and there's no premium brand-name upgrade like you'll find in some rivals." -- Edmunds
  • “The interior's only significant downside is a cumbersome optional navigation system that's overly fussy and best skipped for an aftermarket unit." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has 21.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 50.2 cubic feet with them folded. That’s smaller than most rivals’ cargo holds. Reviewers note that the XV Crosstrek Hybrid only sacrifices about 1.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to that of the gas-only model. They also appreciate its flat load floor and underfloor storage space.

  • "That's considerably more than the Juke, but it trails crossovers like the Escape and Forester by a healthy margin. At least the flat load floor means you're able to maximize the space provided." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, there is essentially no compromise to be made compared to the non-hybrid. The slightly raised floor in the rear quarters means cargo room drops by 0.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and by 1.7 cubes with them down. Even with the placement of the battery pack, you still get four liters of underfloor storage." -- Autoblog (2014)
Review Last Updated: 1/26/15

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