Subaru does more with less than anybody in the car business, and the 2014 XV Crosstrek is a perfect example of how this resourceful car company remixes automotive recipes in order to create something refreshingly new out of something relentlessly familiar. Essentially, the XV Crosstrek is a Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback with what amounts to an Outback-style trim package and a different name. Speaking of which, why isn’t this car/SUV thingy simply called the Crosstrek? Didn’t Subaru learn its lesson with that B9 Tribeca nonsense?
Anyway, for the 2014 model year the Crosstrek is offered with an optional gas-electric hybrid powertrain, Subaru’s first. Appropriately, my test car arrived wearing Plasma Green paint, a color that virtually ensures that you and your Subaru will get noticed, and perhaps ridiculed. At first, this bright metallic hue was off-putting, and then, with time and acclimation, it proved just as endearing as the rest of the car.