Drove the Crosstrek.
It's Ok with one person but it would guess climbing hills with 3/4 people and bikes-gear would be a struggle. My 08 outback seems to have more guts.
I like the idea of the Crosstrek hybrid but the reviews on it are not good. The extra weight and underpowered engine looks like a terrible combination. Tons of body roll, handling issues. I really want to get a ev car but until something comes along in the 30-35k price range, in a awd sport wagon, looks like fuel burning is going to be the call.
Going to take an all track for a spin soon. Turbo diesel. See how that goes