Mar 24, 2014
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $26,820: 2.0-L H4 with Auto Start-Stop, CVT
Likes

Extra ground clearance and proven Subaru AWD versatility.

Dislikes

Bloated exterior presence with less cargo area than a standard wagon (although that’s a criticism of the crossover genre as a whole, rather than this car in particular). Atrocious color. Unimpressive mpg for a hybrid. Auto Stop-Start is inconsistent, rough and poorly timed. Lots of road noise. No power.

Verdict

Perhaps the most gutless car I have ever driven — or at least it felt that way. While waiting at a stoplight, you can tap the gas pedal on the floor, and the car won’t even move. What hybrids lack in horsepower, they usually make up for in torque, thanks to assistance from the electric motor. I noticed no such compensation in this vehicle. It’s all too bad, because I’m the target demographic for this car, and I am totally down with the Subaru brand. Maybe if I didn’t hold the boxxer engine in such high regard, this hybrid version wouldn’t seem like such a disappointment.

Fun to Drive
0.5 rating
Fun to Look at
1.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 29/33