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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru has joined the ranks of automakers offering hybrid versions of its cars. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, unveiled at the New York auto show, will use a 2-liter boxer-style engine that Subaru is known for combined with an electric motor to improve fuel economy, though no mpg numbers were available at press time.

Like other hybrid small cars, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will use the electric motor for initial acceleration, while the gasoline engine and electric motor work in tandem to reduce fuel consumption when more power is needed. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will have essentially the same passenger space as the nonhybrid model, though cargo space is reduced by 1.7 cubic feet. The all-wheel-drive system and chassis capability, including the 8.7 inches of ground clearance, are identical to the gas model. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will arrive in showrooms in fall 2013.

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