Back on the Asphalt
Our XV Crosstrek Hybrid caravan motored from Key West to Miami along the historic Overseas Highway that overlooks leftover bridges and road sections from the original railroad system built by Henry Flagler. More than once, I saw other drivers crane their necks to get a closer look at our vehicles.
The Hybrid’s special chassis tuning delivered on its promise of enhanced handling. Avoiding one precarious traffic situation, I felt like a jet fighter pilot effortlessly maneuvering out of harm’s way.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid carries all the standard equipment from the XV Crosstrek Premium model and adds an automatic climate-control system, upgraded instrument cluster, high-grade multi-function display, body-color foldable side mirrors with integral turn signals, leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, chrome exterior door handles, Keyless Access & Start, and more. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring model adds a touch-screen navigation system, leather-trimmed seating, and a power moonroof.
The ride was quiet, comfortable, and smooth. Soaking it all in – the vehicle, the views, the wide-open road – we grew silent. Too silent. My driving buddy popped in a Blondie CD and cranked up the volume. Life was good on the Seven Mile Bridge.
After a few days behind the wheel of the rugged Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid on and off the roads, it was time to say goodbye. One thing remains clear: The XV Crosstrek Hybrid delivers an exceptional, greener driving experience. Combined with better gas mileage, that leaves more green in drivers' pockets for more adventures down the road.
||145 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
||Electric drive motor:
||13.4 hp/48 lb-ft
||Total system hp:
||160 @ 6,000 rpm
||21.5/50.2 cu. ft. (rear seats up/down)
||Total system torque:
||163 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
||DOHC 4-cyl. 2.0-liter boxer
||148 @ 6,200 rpm