Unchanged ground clearance from non-hybrid XV Crosstrek helped media on Iceland drive get through rocky rivers.
Interior basic but well done, with few stylish touches such as berber-type floor mats.
Beginning an 18-hour off-road trek into Iceland's wilderness.
Backseat roomy for small CUV. Hybrid Touring grade with standard leather seating shown.
Spare tire eliminated to accommodate 100.8V NiMH battery pack under cargo floor.
Getting towed common occurrence on Iceland media drive. Tour guide pulls us out of rut.
Crosstrek Hybrid available in just four colors: white, silver, blue and hybrid-exclusive light green.
Crosstrek Hybrid has same dimensions as non-hybrid but aerodynamic add-ons improve drag coefficient to 0.33 from 0.35.
Low-rolling resistance tires (not shown), 17-in. alloy wheels standard on Crosstrek Hybrid.
Subtle horizontal lines on center stack disguise fingerprints. HVAC knobs large, easy to grasp.
Nubby, nylon-like seat fabric fashionable. Seatbelt feeder attached to center headrest.
Following our trusty snowplow toward camp on second night of Iceland media drive.
Hybrid gets same 2.0L boxer 4-cyl. gas engine as non-hybrid but adds 10-kW (13.5-hp) electric motor, bringing total output to 160 hp.
Flooring it to get across deep ditch bends front license plate. No check-engine light came on, however.
The Japanese brand's first hybrid not only is off-road-ready but has a well-done, ergonomic interior. (See related article: XV Crosstrek Impressive Hybrid Entrance for Subaru.)
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