Subaru XV Crosstrek  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

  • $22k
  • 2.0L Flat 4
  • 23 city 30 hwy
Rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman deliver engaging on-road performance and laudable fuel economy, but the new XV Crosstrek supplements its solid road manners with a surprising level of off-road proficiency and the best fuel economy of any all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV on the market.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
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Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of 2.0i Premium vs Energi SE

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Winner
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE 

RideNerd recommends the Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE  based on its fuel economy, air quality and climate friendly.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of XV Crosstrek vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru XV Crosstrek

Reasons to consider the
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

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Lower MSRP $22k vs $39k Around 45% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,517 vs $9,018 Around 30% less expensive per year
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

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Significantly higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 7 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Far better EPA smog score 7 vs 5 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Saves on fuel $1,278 vs $2,118 Around 40% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Significantly better city driving range 616 miles vs 365 miles Around 70% further in the city
Smaller annual carbon footprint 211 g vs 346 g Around 40% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA city mileage 44 MPG vs 23 MPG More than 90% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Better highway driving range 574 miles vs 477 miles More than 20% further range on the interstate
Higher EPA highway mileage 41 MPG vs 30 MPG More than 35% better on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$21,995 14.4¢/mile Subaru XV Crosstrek
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid only makes sense if you drive more than 59,000 miles per year.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Subaru XV Crosstrek Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $4,399 ($21,995) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $2,160 (2,918 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 23 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 30 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

XV Crosstrek  vs Fusion Hybrid 

8.2
9.0
We've driven Fusions with manual and power seats, and found excellent front-seat space and comfort in both, though on the manual seats, there's a little too much front-end tilt to the bottom cushion for our tastes.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

9.1
8.6

7.0
7.9
The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

XV Crosstrek  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Subaru Ford
Model year 2013 2013
City range 365 miles 616 miles
Highway range 477 miles 574 miles
MSRP $22k $39k
Annual cost $6,517 $9,018

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Gas
Hybrid
Cylinders Flat 4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 5-speed Manual 4x4 Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,000 Optional, $995
Navigation system Optional, $1,200 Optional, $795
Roof rails Optional N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Optional, $260 Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

XV Crosstrek  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 5 7
EPA GHG score 7 10
Combined CO2/mile 346 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

power & handling

Max torque 145 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.86 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet 37.6 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Double wishbone Multi link
Front brakes 11.61 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.79 in Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Airbags
Driver
Knee
Side
Passenger
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 70.1 in 72.9 in
Front track width 60 in 62.3 in
Height 63.6 in 58 in
Length 175.2 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 103.7 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,087 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 48 ft³
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