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The 8 Best Hybrids Under $40K And Why You Can't Find A New Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is ranked one of the eight best new plug-in hybrid models by Kelly Blue Book under $40,000, but why doesn't Subaru build more, and why are they hard to find?


Does Subaru offer a hybrid vehicle? The answer is yes; Subaru of America now offers the 2022 Crosstrek plug-in hybrid subcompact SUV. A new report from Kelly Blue Book ranks the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid one of the eight best new plug-in hybrid models under $40,000, but they aren't easy to find.

Kelly Blue Book's best plug-in hybrid cars under $40,000

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2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
2022 Toyota Prius Prime
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid features, upgrades, specs, fuel mileage

What sets the Crosstrek hybrid apart?

The Crosstrek Hybrid offers Subaru's standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather performance, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). If it’s a good vehicle, why is it hard to find?

Where can you buy a Crosstrek hybrid?

The 2022 Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid sells in every state, but customers who want the hybrid model will have to wait in most U.S. states when ordered. You won't find any sitting in dealer showrooms unless you live in California or the Northeast coast states. Instead of waiting, most customers opt for the standard model. We checked Subaru retailers near Denver, Colorado and the closest retailer offering a Crosstrek Hybrid is in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid features, upgrades, specs, fuel mileage

What is the price of the 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid?

Subaru recently raised the price on all models, including the Crosstrek Hybrid (+$800). The hybrid now has a starting MSRP of $37,520, including destination and delivery fees.

What is the Crosstrek hybrid fuel mileage?

The 2022 Crosstrek hybrid gets the best fuel mileage of any Subaru model. In Consumer Reports testing, the plug-in hybrid gets 38/45 city/highway MPGe and 42 combined MPGe. Its electric range is 17 miles (480 miles total).

When will Subaru offer more hybrid models?

By 2025, Subaru will begin introducing its next-generation hybrid models based on gasoline-electric powertrains provided by Toyota, similar to the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Customers can expect Forester, Outback, and Ascent hybrid SUVs by 2025.

Subaru could label the new hybrids e-Boxers, like they do in Japan, Australia, and Europe. Subaru Corporation recently announced it would invest $2.05 billion in the new hybrid and electric vehicle initiatives over the next five years. Read the complete report here.

Even though the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is ranked one of the eight best new plug-in hybrid cars under $40,000 by Kelly Blue Book, it's not available in all states. Look for Subaru of America to begin offering more Crosstrek hybrid and other models in the next five years.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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