2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

Subaru is a brand after my own heart. The cheesy commercials and soft-roading outdoor culture just does something in my young, impressionable mind that sets me off. So when I first laid eyes on the XV Crosstrek at the 2012 New York Auto Show — it was love at first blinding orange sight.

The idea of a (much) better looking Outback, based on the Impreza platform, at an extremely affordable $21K+ just did it for me. And with new, sportier cars like the BRZ, WRX and STI, Subaru quickly turned into one of the brand’s this writer swore by. So lucky me — when a lovely green XV Crosstrek Hybrid showed up in my driveway, it seemed like it was Christmas in late March. But the joy of unwrapping this box faded fast… SUV Supermodel

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review: When Green Isn’t Always Greener…

First and foremost were the looks. Where the Outback and Forester are the durable older siblings, the XV Crosstrek is the better looking little brother. The extended Impreza platform featured a “Plasma Green Pearl” paint job that was almost as enticing as the likable orange we're so used to seeing online. The body lines were clean and simple, and the plastic fender covers hinted at its off-road endurance — which we’ll get to soon enough. It was the first properly pretty crossover the brand has ever made. Consider it in the context of the Forester and the *shudder* B9 Tribeca. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 XV Crosstrek Hybrid Who?

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review: When Green Isn’t Always Greener…

With a 29/33 (combined 31) mpg rating, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid lays claim to being one of the most efficient vehicles in its class…...