If it got 25+ on plug in power, and wasn't terribly overpriced I'd be all over it. Tired of my 2015 2.5i's ~ 22 mpg on Seattle city streets. Disclosure: I have a Kia Niro PHEV w range of 26 miles. We rarely exceed that and are getting about 120 mpg summer and 95 mpg winter (uses ICE to heat interior).It really depends on the specs.
Supposedly, it will also have an electric-only range of about 40 miles, which means I could drive to and from work without using gas and plugging in only once or twice a week. Then, for longer trips, I have the hybrid functionality with great gas mileage. And if I need to soft-road, I have the ground clearance to do so. I know it won't drive quite as nice as an OB, but I'm intrigued.I should have added that RAV-4 Prime PHEV slated to be released later this year is supposed to get 39 mpg on PHEV battery. Would love to see Subie adapt that tech for the OB.
As a former hybrid driver myself (Ford CMax), I don't think the whole hybrid thing is overblown at all, I got pretty much great MPGs especially City with my hybrid and I drove my CMax to Mammoth in the winter months for 7 years straight (a 570 miles round trip, 800 ft to 8200 ft elevation change) with no issues except the dreaded 8-9 miles of Sherwin grade just out of Bishop. With my CMax fully loaded - that was the only tough one to climb, killed the MPGs alot.No way, I just traded in a Prius V and the whole hybrid thing is overblown. We had to replace the battery on the Prius and it costs a ton. I did the math, the yearly saving on gas is a bit more than the cost of more tire replacements and a battery eventually. The car is so heavy, it is hard on tires. Does terrible in the mountains. It just isn't worth it in my opinion for the life of the car to save a bit each year.
Thanks for the tip; article on the XV is here (unfortunately, only in German, it seems). They're not jumping in very assertively with only a 12.3 kW electric motor; in comparison, my wife's non-plugin 2011 Prius has 20 kW.In EU are available only with the e-boxer: Forester, Impreza (new entry of this year) and XV (Crosstrek in US).
Yeah I know. The e-boxer is totally different from Toyota HSD.Thanks for the tip; article on the XV is here (unfortunately, only in German, it seems). They're not jumping in very assertively with only a 12.3 kW electric motor; in comparison, my wife's non-plugin 2011 Prius has 20 kW.
Der neue SUBARU e-BOXER kombiniert den SUBARU-BOXER-Motor mit einem Elektromotor. Das Resultat: Kraftvolle Beschleunigung, ruhiges und komfortables Fahren, praktisch vibrationsfreier Lauf, wo immer Sie unterwegs sind.www.subaru.ch
Agreed. The average American drives 30 miles a day. PHEVs with at least 40 miles of electric range are ideal for most families as the battery is big enough to last through a normal driving day and small enough to be charged overnight in the garage or driveway from a standard 110V outlet. Gas engine is there for cold days and longer trips. RAV4 Prime looks great on paper - hopefully a similar system can make its way to the Outback soon.If you are going to be good about plugging in the car every night, and if the 40-50 mile all-electric range covers a fair portion of your daily use, then the plug-in hybrid makes sense.