Spoiler alert: It was awesome.
Subaru never fails to deliver fun, reliable vehicles that go the distance on any road – or no road at all. So it was with great enthusiasm that I accepted an invitation to the Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid event in Key West, Florida.
True to the Subaru brand, the first-ever hybrid Subaru delivers versatility and utility in a sporty package that is a helluva lot of fun to drive. Touted as the first hybrid all-wheel drive crossover, its powertrain uses a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER engine and integrates an electric motor into a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) optimized for efficiency.
In Key West, we enjoyed an eco-kayak tour through exotic mangrove tunnels.
The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. That’s a great thing for Subaru owners with a passion for adventure and a soft spot for the environment.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid complements the outdoor lifestyle and activities Subaru owners love with its go-anywhere and bring-all-your-stuff approach. Whether you’re transporting a paddleboard in the roomy cargo area or strapping a kayak on the roof, this Subaru hybrid oozes capability.
For me, the off-road course designed especially for the XV Crosstrek Hybrid event was the highlight of the trip. A little backstory is required here. I am the ’fraidy cat who had to trade driving positions with MY MOTHER in Dubuque, Iowa, a few years back when the paved road proved too steep for my sensibilities and confidence in my non-Subaru.
So, yes, I was more than intimidated by the first incline on the formidable Subaru course. I elected to navigate rather than drive the first run.
After an intense, breathless, and insanely fun ride, I practically pushed my driving partner out of his seat for my turn.
Count the tires touching the ground!
Oblivious to the loose gravel, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid climbed the terrain like a billy goat on steroids. It barreled through the turns and easily traversed the rocky bumps, thanks to otsgenerous ground clearance of 8.7 inches. The ride thrilled me, and the Hybrid’s off-road performance more than proved itself.