2020 BMW i3 vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Safety

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Both the i3 and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.

Warranty

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The i3 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The i3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for tire rotations, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The i3’s standard electric motor produces 22 more horsepower (170 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The i3s’ standard electric motor produces 36 more horsepower (184 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the i3 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running on electricity:

MPGe

i3

Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

s Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

s REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid

MPGe

Electric Motor

99 city/80 hwy

The i3 REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 126 miles, over 7 times as far as the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 17-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW i3 higher (7 to 10 out of 10) than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (6 to 7). This means the i3 produces up to 12.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Crosstrek Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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The i3s’ 195/50R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Crosstrek Hybrid. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the i3 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Crosstrek Hybrid.

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (32.4 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (33.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 750 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

The i3s is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the i3, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

The i3’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek Hybrid has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

If the windows are left open on the i3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Crosstrek Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The i3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The i3’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Crosstrek Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The i3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW i3 and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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