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 subaru s first phev is the 2019 crosstrek hybrid
subaru's first phev is the 2019 crosstrek hybrid

The PHEV edition will also tout "unique styling" to remind everyone that you're not using a run-of-the-mill Crosstrek. It should arrive at dealers by the end of 2018.As far as car brands go, Subaru has been conservative about electrifying its lineup. It did introduce a conventional hybrid version of the Crosstrek for the 2014 model year, but it's not expected to launch its first all-electric cars until 2021. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is a first step in that direction, and an acknowledgment that Subaru can't afford to stay still lest rivals like Kia lure customers away with PHEVs of their own.

2019 subaru crosstrek phev announced

Subaru has announced its very first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). That vehicle is the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid (not pictured) and the automaker promises that the PHEV will maintain all the capability of the traditional Crosstrek with improved fuel economy. Subaru says that the new hybrid will be able to drive like a normal hybrid or an EV for local commutes.The vehicle will use a four-cylinder direct-injection Boxer engine and will feature the standard symmetrical all-wheel drive that Subaru is known for. The gas engine is mated to an all-new transmission and a Toyota Hybrid System.For now, Subaru is mum on any real details about the vehicle. We have no idea how far the vehicle will drive on electric power alone. We also have no idea what sort of fuel economy it will get.Most PHEVs

review: subaru crosstrek finds sweet spot between value and drivability

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The Crosstrek's profile will look familiar to Subaru fans. (Chicago's weather did not cooperate with our attempts to photograph the Crosstrek.)
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The black plastic trim says "please take me off road."
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The Crosstrek descending down a hill.
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I drove the Crosstrek on a road like this, but it was rainy and gray.
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The Crosstrek is an attractive-looking car.
Subaru In a world where seemingly every auto manufacturer is making SUVs (hello, Lamborghini!) and crossovers, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Alfa Romeo does it by making an insanely fast and sporty crossover. Range Rover goes for an incredibly sleek look and a separate screen just for climate control. By contrast, Subaru just tries to make quality vehicles. T

review: subaru crosstrek finds sweet spot between value and drivability

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The Crosstrek's profile will look familiar to Subaru fans. (Chicago's weather did not cooperate with our attempts to photograph the Crosstrek.)
Subaru
The black plastic trim says "please take me off road."
Subaru
The Crosstrek descending down a hill.
Subaru
I drove the Crosstrek on a road like this, but it was rainy and gray.
Subaru
The Crosstrek is an attractive-looking car.
Subaru In a world where seemingly every auto manufacturer is making SUVs (hello, Lamborghini!) and crossovers, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Alfa Romeo does it by making an insanely fast and sporty crossover. Range Rover goes for an incredibly sleek look and a separate screen just for climate control. By contrast, Subaru just tries to make quality vehicles. T

subaru’s redesigned 2018 crosstrek comes with carplay standard

The New York International Auto Show is set to start late next week, and making its debut this year is the new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. The redesigned Crosstrek will feature a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay as a standard feature.The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will come in three different trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium, and Limited. The base package includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen display that will support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Premium trim package won’t see any display changes, but the Limited trim bumps up the display size. Featuring availability of a Harman Kardon audio system, the multimedia entertainment is further upgraded with an 8-inch color display.Subaru’s new Crosstrek includes a revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine which now i

the us-made 2019 subaru ascent just started production

Subaru has kicked off production of one of its most eagerly-anticipated cars in recent memory, with the 2019 Ascent SUV beginning to roll off the line. The automaker’s new three-row model, it’s being produced here in the US, at Subaru’s Lafayette plant in Indiana. It’s the same location where Subaru already makes its Outback, Legacy, and Impreza cars. Adding Ascent to the mix demanded some extra investment, however. Subaru says it has pumped around $140m in equipment and related investments into the facility, and added around 200 jobs. The 2019 Ascent is the biggest car in Subaru’s current line-up, answering calls for a way to get the automaker’s well-esteemed all-wheel drive and driving dynamics, but with greater room inside. Subaru previewed what it had in mind a little more than a year

kia brings 2018 niro phev and 2019 sorento 3-row to la

Kia clearly heard that SUVs and crossovers are dominating the LA Auto Show 2017, and brought along two new models – the 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2019 Kia Sorento. The 2018 Niro PHEV is Kia’s third plug-in model, promising 26 miles of emission-free electric range but with the added reassurance of a gas engine for longer trips and easier refueling. In fact, Kia claims that with gas and electric motors working together, the crossover can go around 560 miles before you’ll need to stop. That’s courtesy of an impressive 46 mpg when on gas power alone, or 105 MPGe. The car is based on the existing Niro Hybrid, but adding the ability to charge it up from a wall outlet directly. The battery is an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer pack, significantly larger than what’s in the regular hybrid, packaged

range rover sport phev is jaguar land rover's first plug-in hybrid

Range Rover has added a new plug-in hybrid SUV to its Range Rover Sport family. The hybrid Range Rover Sport combines electric propulsion with a gas engine for performance. The plug-in hybrid has total power of 404PS (right at 400 hp) and 640 Nm (472 ft-lb) of torque.Despite the power and torque output, the vehicle was able to achieve 101 mpg on the combined NEDC fuel economy standards. The PHEV Rover Sport can travel for 31 miles on electricity alone. The battery pack can be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes from completely dead.The vehicle will be badged as the P400e and the gas power is from a 2.0L four paired with a 116PS electric motor. The power goes to the ground via a permanent 4WD system. The PHEV can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 137 mph. The battery is a 1

carplay standard on all trim levels of 2018 subaru crosstrek, available this sum

Subaru has announced pricing for its latest Crosstrek compact SUV today. Details about the 2018 model include the news that CarPlay will be standard with all of the available trim levels.AirPodsThe base and premium trims will receive a new 6.5-inch touch screen with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility among other improvements that will come standard.A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.The top trim level will feature an 8-

carplay standard on all trim levels of 2018 subaru crosstrek, available this sum

Subaru has announced pricing for its latest Crosstrek compact SUV today. Details about the 2018 model include the news that CarPlay will be standard with all of the available trim levels.AirPodsThe base and premium trims will receive a new 6.5-inch touch screen with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility among other improvements that will come standard.A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.The top trim level will feature an 8-

carplay standard on all trim levels of 2018 subaru crosstrek, available this sum

Subaru has announced pricing for its latest Crosstrek compact SUV today. Details about the 2018 model include the news that CarPlay will be standard with all of the available trim levels.AirPodsThe base and premium trims will receive a new 6.5-inch touch screen with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility among other improvements that will come standard.A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.The top trim level will feature an 8-

carplay standard on all trim levels of 2018 subaru crosstrek, available this sum

Subaru has announced pricing for its latest Crosstrek compact SUV today. Details about the 2018 model include the news that CarPlay will be standard with all of the available trim levels.AirPodsThe base and premium trims will receive a new 6.5-inch touch screen with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility among other improvements that will come standard.A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more.The top trim level will feature an 8-

porsche’s panamera 4 e-hybrid sport turismo is a heck of a hybrid

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The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo; try saying that out loud ten times or crafting a catchy headline that includes it all but is no more than 70 characters in total.
Jonathan Gitlin
The Panamera's styling has always divided opinion, but this one is a big hit with me.
Did I mention how much I liked this blue?
You can always tell a hybrid Porsche because they have acid green brake calipers.
...and acid green highlights on the badges.
Cruising around the Arboretum in E-Power mode did make me feel slightly smug, yes.
In this car you are allowed to park here.
Elle Cayabyab Gitlin In the next few months, Porsche is going to launch the Mission E, a sleek and powerful electric vehicle that might just be the most competition the Tesla Model

subaru’s crosstrek is a small but value-packed suv

Starting at $21,795, the Crosstrek is an inexpensive entry into the crossover market from a company best known for its all-wheel-drive vehicles. Throw in 8.7 inches of ground clearance, an upgraded infotainment system and up to 33 miles per gallon, and it's no surprise that the Crosstrek's sales have increased year-over-year since its introduction in 2014. If only the engine had a bit more get-up-and-go from the engine.Behind the wheel, the Crosstrek smoothes out road bumps and potholes splendidly for a car in its price range. While I was unable to find any appropriate off-road locations in the Bay Area that didn't require me to break a host of local laws, the streets in my San Francisco neighborhood are currently being ripped up by construction crews. These mangled avenues gave us a good

2019 subaru ascent suv teases long-awaited 3-row return

Subaru fans love the all-wheel-drive addicted automaker but want more space, and that’s just what the company is promising with its new 3-row SUV. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is set to debut at the LA Auto Show 2017 in just a few weeks time, and promises to relaunch the automaker back into a category they haven’t played in since 2012. That was the year when the little-loved Subaru Tribeca ceased production, ending the company’s 3-row options. Honestly, it was a surprise the Tribeca survived that long, having set the dubious record of being one of the worst-selling cars in the US. In the intervening years, though, the market has evolved. Now, 7-seaters are in demand, especially if they have a little extra luxe in the cabin. The 2019 Ascent is described as “family-sized, versatile, and capable” b

2019 subaru ascent 3-row suv priced up with standard awd

Subaru has priced up the 2019 Ascent, its hotly-anticipated return to the 3-row SUV segment. Billed as the largest Subaru ever, the family SUV can be had in seven or eight passenger versions, all of which come with all-wheel drive as standard, just like the automaker’s other cars. Unveiled back in November 2017, the Ascent was Subaru’s tentative return to the 3-row segment. Its predecessor, the Subaru Tribeca, was axed in 2012, having been derided as one of the worst cars in America at the time. Since then, of course, SUVs have taken off and models with a third row are big business for families looking to carry all their kids, pets, and cargo. From that perspective, there’s plenty to like about the 2019 Ascent. It can be had with either a bench seat in the second row, for a total of eight

2019 subaru ascent 3-row suv gets official

Subaru has officially unveiled the all-new Ascent 3-row SUV. This is the largest of all Subaru vehicles and comes in seven or eight-passenger configurations. The seven-passenger version has second-row captain’s seats with the eight-passenger version using benches in second and third rows.Power for the big SUV comes from an all-new turbo 260hp Boxer engine. All Ascent models will come standard with EyeSight Drier Assist Technology. The Ascent can also be had with a 4G LTE hotspot. As with all Subaru vehicles, the Ascent will come standard with all-wheel drive.If you want a Subaru that can tow a boat, RV, or motorcycles to and from the trails, the Ascent will tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Ascent uses a new version of the Subaru high-torque Lineartronic CVT transmission. The wheelbase for the A

2019 subaru forester lands at dealers later this year

Subaru has rolled out the all-new 2019 Forester SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The new Forester will land at Subaru dealers around the country later this year. There are some significant updates to the Forester that Subaru says make it the most capable, versatile, and roomy Forester to date.One big change is the move to an enhanced direct-injection 182hp 2.5L four for all models. That four is the Boxer type you expect from Subaru and has auto stop/start technology and is paired with a standard Lineartronic CVT transmission. All versions of the Forester also have standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.The 2019 Forester will be offered in standard, Premium, Limited, touring, and a new Sport trim level. All trims come standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The Touring ve

range rover 2018 plug-in hybrid luxury suv debuts

A week ago Range Rover unveiled its first plug-in hybrid SUV in the form of the Range Rover Sport PHEV. Another plug-in hybrid has been unveiled and this one is aimed at the luxury-minded buyers out there wanting green transportation. The Range Rover PHEV has a total power output of 404PS (about 400hp) and 640Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque, which is the same output of the Range Rover Sport. It promises NEDC fuel economy of 101 mpg and has an electric-only range of 31 miles.The battery pack can be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes. The luxury SUV has 24-way power front seats with new seat frames that support wider and deeper foams. The seats also have heated armrests. The rear cabin is completely redesigned with a two-person seating layout with reclining seats and plenty of entertainment option

this striking 7-seat concept previews subaru’s ascent suv for 2018

Subaru is getting back into the 7-seat SUV business, and we’re getting closer to seeing the car they’ll do it with. The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept is, so the name insists, only a design study for now. Look beyond the car show glitz, however, and you find the core styling of the new Subaru Ascent, which will be headed to dealerships in 2018. It’s been a while since Subaru had a 7-seat option. The last car, the little-loved Subaru Tribeca, ceased production for the US at the end of 2012, having set a questionable record as one of the poorest selling cars in the country. Rumors of a replacement with a more upscale target audience have persisted since then. The result is this – or something very like it. Unlike the Subaru Viziv-7 concept which the automaker displayed at the LA Auto Show last ye

bentley's first plug-in hybrid is an ultra-luxurious suv

You do get some perks that you won't find in many other PHEV models. For one, famed designer Philippe Starck crafted the charging station -- you may not mind that it takes 2.5 hours to top up, but at least you'll have something pretty to look at while you wait. Also, Bentley uses the GPS positioning to calculate the best times to use the electric motor when in hybrid mode, so you should only run out of electricity right when you're arriving at your destination.The in-cabin tech might offer more than you're used to, as well. The 8-inch touchscreen in the center stack is complemented by a 10.2-inch removable Android tablet that offers LTE and WiFi data for those in the back.Bentley hasn't outlined pricing, although orders won't start until the second half of 2018. As it is, you can safely sa

2019 ford fusion hybrid gains ev range and co-pilot360 safety tech

Ford’s 2019 Fusion Hybrid has addressed two of the biggest complaints from would-be EV drivers, gaining all-electric range and a host of new tech in its latest update. The plug-in hybrid sedan is among the first of the automaker’s vehicles to come with Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver-assistance technologies that include features like blind spot information and lane-keeping as standard. Ford announced Co-Pilot360 last week, billing the system as the most comprehensive suite of active assistance tech to be fitted as standard among full-line brands. Features that are commonly paid options on other vehicles, like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and auto high-beam lighting, are standard as part of the system. It also includes a rear backup camera, and the 2019 Fusion

2019 honda insight hybrid gets a slick detroit preview

Honda is teasing its all-new 2019 Honda Insight, a shiny hybrid that resurrects the old nameplate with a more premium twist. Set to be officially launched at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in mid-January, the new Insight will sit above the current Honda Civic in the automaker’s line-up. The original Insight was first launched in 1999, then refreshed for a second generation a decade later before Honda axed it in 2014. It was the first production car to use the automaker’s so-called Integrated Motor Assist technology, a hybrid drivetrain that combined a compact gas engine with electric motors. Unusually, it did that initially with a standard manual transmission, before Honda switched to the CVT that’s still commonplace on modern hybrids. Now, the name is coming back. The 2019 Insight will be a s

kia enables alexa control over many vehicle functions

Kia has announced that owners of certain models of its cars are now able to control a number of functions using their voice. The commands come thanks to integration between Kia and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Features that can be controlled with the voice include starting and stopping the engine and operation of the climate control system.Kia has only a few cars that are compatible with the tech including the Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV, and K900. If you have one of those cars and an Echo or Echo dot, you can install the UVO Skill via the companion app.Other than starting the car and controlling the climate, compatible cars can also lock the doors, sound the horn and flash the lights, and start or stop charging their plug-in vehicle when they want via voice commands. Specific yea

2019 toyota avalon: 5 things you should know

Toyota is betting big on the 2019 Avalon, debuting controversial new styling, lashings of cabin tech, a frugal hybrid, and safety features you might otherwise expect to pay a considerable premium for. It’s a big improvement, but then again it needs to be. Read on for five things about the 2019 Toyota Avalon that you really need to know.The 2019 Avalon is a car of two halvesIt’s fair to say that, across all its previous four generations, the Avalon hasn’t exactly been a design icon. That’s even more odd when you consider the concept car that introduced the name back in 1991. For the 2019 Avalon, Toyota is trying something new. Rather than one, there are two distinct styles. For the Avalon traditionalists, there’s a more straightforward aesthetic with plenty of exterior chrome on the oversiz

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