In Portland, Oregon, if you want to be hip, you have to drive a Subaru.
What exactly is a hybrid?
The car’s information system told me that I averaged 22 miles to the gallon, but I only used a half a tank of gas while hitting all my normal weekly rounds; I usually go through an entire tank of gas in a week.
I also thought that I wouldn’t be able to get all my groceries into the back. With three kids, grocery shopping is a big weekly event and I often fill the back of the minivan. But I was wrong; all our groceries fit nicely in the back (and nothing fell over!).
A Crossover: more rugged than a car, more car-like than an SUV
What We Loved
- Backup Camera
- Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive-Subaru’s name for all time four wheel drive
- Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)- Subaru’s name for traction control
- Bluetooth hands-free connectivity
- It has a lot of pep and handles well
- I never had to buy gas!
What You Need To Know
- 25 MPG city/33 MPG highway (EPA estimate)
- Basic models starts at $21,995, but has continued to drop in price. The 2015 version we tested: $25,995
- The back is roomier than the front
- The back up camera is just a camera, no sensors.
- You must purchase the upgraded model for better technology
- No climate control in the back (my kids had major issues with this)