Posted Monday, November 15, 2021 at 9:54pm

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid still goes 17 miles electric, is unique among affordable plug-in hybrids

The Crosstrek Hybrid was introduced for the 2019 model year, and was a mammoth improvement over the previous Crosstrek Hybrid. But the current model hasn’t changed much since then. Its hybrid system makes a Subaru 2.0-liter flat-4 engine part of a Toyota-derived hybrid system—although the Crosstrek Hybrid has a mechanical all-wheel-drive system (a strategy used in some luxury-brand PHEVs) instead of the over-the-road system, with a rear motor, that other AWD hybrids such as Toyota’s RAV4 Prime include.
Like other Crosstreks, the Hybrid includes X-Mode controls that help allow traction (and power) to get where it can best be used in slippery, steep, or uneven conditions.