The big news in the Subaru Crosstrek universe of late is the addition of a more powerful 2.5-liter engine option for the 2021 model year. That’s great for those who think the car’s standard 2.0-liter engine is a bit pokey. For better or worse, the Crosstrek Hybrid does not welcome as drastic a change for 2021. Maybe that’s a good thing because, at $36,395, the 2021 Crosstrek starts a mere $240 more than last year’s model. After all, this plucky little plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid is one of our favorites in its segment.
As before, the Crosstrek Hybrid still comes in a single trim level. There is an optional $2,500 equipment package that includes a power-operated moonroof, a heated steering wheel, an in-dash navigation system, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system with a 432-watt amplifier.
A mild refresh to the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid adds a new fascia, which differentiates it subtly from its gas-only counterpart. The front end now sports a more wing-like set of bars flanking the grille badge and a prominent contrasting “blade” outboard of its foglights in the lower bumper. Frankly, it makes the regular 2021 Crosstrek’s front fascia and fender extensions look a little clumsy by comparison. What might make a bigger difference to drivers is the recalibrated springs and dampers—considering we weren’t fans of the old Crosstrek Hybrid’s suspension tuning, we hope the updates improve things noticeably.
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As for everything else, expect much of the same, including—what is likely an optimistic—17 miles of claimed electric driving range and a conservative 35 mpg combined fuel economy rating. The 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid is also still eligible for a $4,502 federal tax credit and whatever state credits may apply. Look for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to hit dealer lots before winter comes to a close.
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