Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V

Comparing the Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda HR-V


The Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda HR-V are both great small crossovers, but the Crosstrek is technically a compact crossover (based on the Impreza), while the HR-V is a subcompact crossover (based on the Honda Fit). As such, the Crosstrek has a bit more power, cargo capacity and interior space. But that's not where the differences end...

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  • All-wheel drive. Only the Subaru Crosstrek offers standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. If you live in an area of the country that typically experiences rough winters or if you regularly drive on dodgy roads in inclement weather, AWD is a must-have capability. The HR-V comes standard with full-wheel drive, but AWD is a more expensive add-on option.
  • Safety. The Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek both earned a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But the CrossTrek has Subaru's highly-regarded new EyeSight driver-assist and active-safety systems. EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you if you sway outside your lane. The Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force in emergency situations, helping you avoid or reduce frontal impacts.
  • Performance and fuel economy. Only the Crosstrek employs the boxer engine, whose horizontal piston alignment affords a lower center of gravity and contributes to the Crosstrek's exceptional traction and handling in challenging driving conditions. The Crosstrek also manages to compare very favorably on fuel economy (26 city/34 highway for the Crosstrek versus 28 city/35 highway for the HR-V) despite being somewhat larger and having all-wheel drive, which in other cars is sometimes a drag on fuel efficiency.
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