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CR’s 12 Most Fuel Efficient New SUVs Now Includes A Subaru Model No One Buys

Is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek fuel-efficient? The Crosstrek Hybrid is among the 12 best, according to an updated fuel mileage study from Consumer Reports. Check out the other 11 most fuel-efficient SUVs here.


The average gas price is up again this winter, and at $3.40 per gallon in most areas of the U.S. today, shoppers are looking for fuel-efficient SUVs. An updated study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid ranks among the twelve top new models in fuel mileage. Check out the most fuel-efficient new SUVs for shoppers this winter.

Consumer Reports best models for fuel mileage calculated from equal portions of city and highway driving to earn a spot on the top twelve list. The list includes vehicles high in reliability and getting top owner satisfaction ratings. All SUVs are bought and tested with all-wheel drive.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

What are the 12 most fuel-stingy new SUVs?

CR’s twelve most fuel-efficient SUVs this summer are the Lexus NX, Lexus UX, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Venza, Kim Sportage, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Highlander, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek

According to the latest Consumer Reports study, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is still among the best of the twelve most fuel-efficient SUVs you can buy now. CR says the 2023 Crosstrek Hybrid subcompact SUV scores well overall based on reliability, safety scores, road tests, fuel mileage, and owner satisfaction.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

What is the 2023 Crosstrek Hybrid fuel mileage?

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid gets the best fuel mileage of any Crosstrek trim level. In Consumer Reports testing, the plug-in Hybrid gets 38/45 city/highway MPGe and 42 combined MPGe.

But only some people buy the Crosstrek Hybrid because the price is much higher than the standard trim level. The standard Crosstrek is the better value and is fuel-efficient. And the Hybrid has only 17 miles of electric range.

What is the gas-powered 2023 Crosstrek fuel mileage?

You don’t have to buy the Hybrid to get good fuel efficiency. The Subaru Crosstrek uses direct injection on its new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine and gets 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.

The 2.0-liter engine gets 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, contributing to better mileage. Subaru increased fuel mileage in the new 2023 Crosstrek using a four-cylinder Boxer engine with direct-injection technology.

What type of gas does the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek require?

The Crosstrek runs on regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline, so you don’t need the higher mid-grade or premium fuel to get the best city or highway mileage.

What is the 2023 Crosstrek price?

All 2023 Subaru Crosstrek trim levels get a $600 price increase, including destination and delivery fees.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek now comes in six trim levels for U.S. customers. The base trim is priced from $24,870, Premium ($26,020), Special Edition ($27,970), Sport ($29,220), Limited ($30,720), and Crosstrek Hybrid ($38,070). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

Road trips can be expensive, with gas prices around $3.40 per gallon. You don’t have to sacrifice the utility and capability of an all-wheel-drive SUV to get good fuel mileage. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid ranks among the twelve top picks by Consumer Reports. But most customers choose the standard Crosstrek trim over the Hybrid.

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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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Keith (not verified)    January 22, 2023 - 10:31PM

Has one worst interior. Has most annoying buttons on the wheel. Accelerator petal in uncomfortable position. Subaru definitely struck out on this car for longevity. Drive many new vehicles for living, so implicity is huge factor an interior.

Vanessa (not verified)    January 23, 2023 - 12:21PM

But you can’t purchase a Crosstrek Hybrid in Pennsylvania or have it serviced there why is that? And when will it change?

Cer Em (not verified)    January 27, 2023 - 12:01AM

You can't purchase one in WA, which is ridiculous. Apparently Subaru only sells them in states that have adopted the California emission standards. For a company that claims to be environmentally conscious this is a travesty. I currently own an outback but I'll be switching to Ford because I want to hybrid. Subaru is definitely on the wrong track here.

Nina (not verified)    January 29, 2023 - 10:15PM

I live in a state where I can buy the Subaru hybrid but it’s been on back order for over two years. Yes, technically true that nobody’s buying it but not for lack of trying.