I'm not getting it, both literally and figuratively. This really ain't much more than an elec-tricked up Limited, with 500+ extra porky pounds for the juice boxes. Lower overall hp. No t-spare, just can o' air. Less storage. Smaller gas tank. For up to 17 glorious miles, you ride the spark woo-hoo! but speed limited: "The Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of speeds up to 65 mph when in full electric mode..." So 65 mph steady on spark only for 10 miles? 5 miles?
So the range is 480 miles. Kinda can almost get that now with current gas-only gobbler CrossTrek.
So you can do the up to 17 miles short daily store hop or commute without gassing the tank, but you still have to remember to plug in the juice boxes every night.
Kinda cool though with the electro-blue color, I mean Lagoon Blue Pearl, and the chrome-flashy accents, because electric! Sorta.
Cool factor aside, I don't think this semi-E-CT is worth the extra blow.
I was starting to go down that road of the curse of the battery, from first digging up the stuff to making the batteries to disposing of the batteries at EOL, but that would be full-on rant-rave-mode, goods and bads, pros and cons, fuel taxes for roads, and on and on and on.