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Subaru goes hybrid: the 2014 XV Crosstrek

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The automotive industry has made great progress in the area of fuel economy. We have gas/electric hybrid vehicles, all electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. All save fuel dollars and preserve the environment. Subaru has joined the horde with the 2014 XV Crosstrek hybrid. Categorized as a small SUV, the Crosstrek looks small from the outside, but it is surprisingly spacious on the inside and has versatility and capability that gives it two-for-one value.

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Appropriate for commuting, its’ size and economy make it easy to maneuver in traffic and when parking. The space behind the rear seat is convenient for anything from a briefcase to shopping bags to a diaper bag to toys and sports equipment. My test drive vehicle came with only the standard equipment. It included many features that are often part of upgrade packages. It was an attractive Plasma Green Pearl color for the exterior.

For safety, the XV Crosstrek has a rear vision camera, for comfort, a height adjustable drivers seat and heated front seats. Much appreciated technology was evident in the Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and USB port with iPod connectivity. AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input jack and steering wheel mounted controls kept us entertained or current with the news. The climate control was excellent and was tested differently all through the week. Springtime in Texas required both heat and air conditioning.

The XV Crosstrek is more than all the above. Being a Subaru, it is all-wheel drive. It will handle more than typical road and weather conditions and mild off-road driving. Rain, snow, mud, sand, hills, curves, ruts; the XV Crosstrek is built to handle it all easily and safely. So along with versatility and convenience, it is fun to drive and good for any weekend getaway!

The XV Crosstrek rates well on greenhouse gas, earning an 8, with 10 being the best. The smog rating is a 7, with 10 being the best.

The MSRP for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is $25,995. The test model had no additional packages or options added to the cost. The estimated fuel economy is 29 miles per gallon city and 33 miles per gallon highway. During my weeklong test drive I averaged 31.5 miles per gallon. There are higher numbers for other hybrids, but they are not all-wheel drive.

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