I traded a 2018 Outback for my Niro, and I would have happily gone with the Crosstrek instead. I really like all the Subaru safety features, and Eyesight works very well. The reason I didn't go with another Subaru is that first, the closest dealer with one in stock was in Central California, and I'm not going to go 900 miles to buy a car. The other, and most significant, was the range. The AWD shouldn't make that huge of a difference in range. The battery is 8.8 kWh, while ours are 8.9. I think the Sube should have been at least 20 miles. Also, the battery does intrude slightly on read storage, while the Niro rear storage is as flat as the hybrid version. I had 14 bags of bark in mine last week (with room for a few more), and I don't think the Crosstrek could have held that much.
Two things would make the Niro PHEV a perfect car (in my opinion, of course). A battery with enough range to go 40 miles or more, and a little more powerful electric motor so it wouldn't be necessary to fire up the ICE when climbing long hills. There's a road near me that has a 45 MPH speed limit, and I can't maintain that speed up the hill without the ICE. Wouldn't take much more power to stay EV, maybe 20% at most.
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