Is the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) a good vehicle for its all-electric range? According to a new study from Consumer Reports (by subscription), the Crosstrek Hybrid is not the worst for all-electric range, but it's close. Here are the eleven lowest electric range PHEV models.
PHEVs with the shortest electric-only ranges
2023 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S/Coupe E-Hybrid 4.0 L: 15 miles
2023 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid 17 miles
2022 BMW 745e xDrive: 17 miles
2022 Porsche Cayenne/Coupe E-Hybrid 3.0 L: 17 miles
2023 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 L: 17 miles
2023 Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4: 18 miles
2022 Volvo XC90 T8 AWD Recharge: 17 miles
2023 BMW 530e xDrive: 19 miles
2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV: 19 miles
2023 Porsche Panamera 4 and 4S E-Hybrid: 19 miles
2022 Volvo XC60 T8 AWD Recharge: 19 miles
2022 BMW 330e xDrive: 20 miles
Subaru will drop the Crosstrek PHEV after this year because it's too expensive and it has one of the lowest electric ranges. "The 17 miles of electric range is a little low, but the 35 mpg combined EPA rating on gas power is competitive," says U.S. News.
Slow sales are one reason why Subaru of America (SOA) chose to drop the Crosstrek PHEV. SOA only sold 2,600 Crosstrek Hybrids in the U.S. last year (less than 1% of Subaru's unit sales in the country, according to data from auto research specialist MarkLines.) Moreover, Subaru has only sold 1,731 Crosstrek hybrid models in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2022.
Isn't the Crosstrek Hybrid fuel efficient?
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the gas models. In Consumer Reports testing, the plug-in Hybrid gets 38/45 city/highway MPGe and 42 combined MPGe. The EPA says the Crosstrek Hybrid gets an estimated 90 MPGe combined city/highway using electric and gas and 35 mpg combined city/highway using regular gas.
What is Subaru’s plan after the Crosstrek PHEV?
Subaru announced they will begin making their own EVs in mixed production with internal combustion vehicles at its Yajima plant in Japan by 2025. Automotive News says Subaru will begin offering hybridized powertrains sourced from Toyota by 2025.
Subaru Corporation is investing $1.8 billion to develop a new factory in Japan starting in 2027. Subaru will build a dedicated EV factory on the site of its Oizumi plant in Japan and produce its new battery-electric (BEV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Subaru says by 2030, at least 40 percent of Subaru's global sales will be BEVs or HEVs.
The next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek could be the first new hybrid electric vehicle Subaru develops. Subaru will need to price the new hybrid model closer to the standard models and make it affordable for customers. We expect to see the new Crosstrek HEV model by 2025.
The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek will be the last Plug-In Hybrid Subaru Corporation will produce for Subaru of America. It has one of the lowest all-electric ranges of any PHEV. It's another reason why Subaru is dropping the model after this year.
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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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