Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:10pm

First Drive: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Prototype

In a market flooded with small and midsize crossovers, Subaru steps up to the plate with something completely different in the shape of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. What could be so different, you might ask? How about a boxer engine with a hybrid? We’ve been hearing about hybrids since the Toyota Prius surfaced in 1997, and the technology is now found in almost all segments — and it will serve as part of the base for the upcoming generation of hypercars. And yet, a boxer-hybrid? That’s a world first.