Crosstrek vs HR-V - A Comparison of Two of the Most Attractive Crossovers on the Market

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2019 Honda HR-V are two of the greatest new releases on the highly competitive crossover market, two competitors from two major auto makers, both of which have a long history of great models and both of which fight for the attention of potential buyers offering a large set of comfort and safety features as well as innovative drivetrain solutions. Here are some of the features that you should have in mind while making the Crosstrek vs HR-V comparison.

Comparing the Subaru Crosstrek to Honda HR-V

Safety Features

The Subaru stands out when it comes to the range of active safety features offered as well – small wonder it has been rated as the Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The new Crosstek Limited equipped with the CVT is fitted with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and the features are available as optional for the other trims as well. Features like STARLINK and EyeSight bring even more safety features to the Crosstrek.

The HR-V comes with a multi-angle rearview camera offered as standard across the line-up and a great suite of active safety features that is offered as standard only on the higher trims. The available safety pack includes forward collision warning, cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, with parking sensors and a blind-spot camera system being also offered as options.

The two models rank pretty much the same in terms of external features, such as front fog lights offered as standard, wipers in the rear and power mirrors on the sides.

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Subaru has always been well-known as an auto maker that pays special attention to drivability features. The Crosstrek makes the most of the manufacturer’s experience in the area with its advanced Vehicle Dynamics Control system, with all trims featuring Active Torque Vectoring offered as standard. The technology has been developed to make tight corners easier and safer to take by applying brake pressure to the inside of the front wheels and pushing more power to the outside of the wheels to prevent spinning and to make emergency maneuvers more efficient and less risky.

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Cabin and Entertainment Systems

Both the Subaru and the Honda come with an impressive range of comfort and infotainment features and materials of the highest quality.

The Honda interior is luxurious and spacious, pampering the driver and the passengers with a 60/40 split Magic Seat in the rear, with Bluetooth connectivity, one USB port offered on all trims, a 5-inch audio display offered as standard on the base trim and a 7-inch unit provided on the higher trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also offered as optional features.The cabin of the Palisade is not lacking in comfort features either. Cross-platform smartphone integration is also standard across the range, the two lower trims are fitted with an 8-inch screen, the top-of-the-range Limited being fitted with a 10.25-inch display. There are plenty of connectivity features throughout the cabin, USB ports being provided for the first and the second row. Wireless charging is available only with the top trim, but air conditioning is offered as standard on all models, with 3rd row HVAC vents also standard.

The Crosstrek interior is also spacious and loaded with comfort features. Split, flat-folding rear seats are standard across the line-up, leather-wrapped steering comes as standard on the two higher trims, while leather-trimmed upholstery with blue stitching is standard only on the Hybrid. The base and the Premium trim come with a manually adjustable AC system; the two higher versions being fitted with an automatic AC system straight from the factory. STARLINK Multimedia is standard on all versions, but the base and the Premium features a 6.5-inch display, the two higher trims being fitted with larger, 8-inch displays.

Power and Drivetrain

Both models have been built on lengthy and reliable previous experience and both utilize those experiences to the fullest. The 2019 Crosstrek is built on the same base as Subaru’s most successful model to date, the Impreza and powered by the 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder boxer engine that is able to put out 152 CP. The range includes a Hybrid variant as well, equipped with the same 2.0-liter engine, capable of delivering slightly less than the other trims, but still quite strong, at 137 HP. The line-up comes either with Subaru’s signature Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, available as an option on the base and the Premium version and standard on the higher trims or with a 6-speed manual gear box on the two lower trims. All models come with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that makes Subaru’s subcompact SUV models so appreciated, what’s more, the models that use the CVT are fitted with the X-mode button that adjusts the traction control to meet the specific challenges posed by very slippery roads.

Honda’s 2019 HR-V is a sport utility vehicle that is not lacking in power and great features either. The nameplate was launched in 1999, before the category of the crossover became widely known and it has been among the most appreciated models ever since. The new version comes in five trim levels, the LX, the Sport, the EX, the EX-L and the Touring, all of them running on the same 1.8-liter141-HP, 4-cylinder engine and a finely tuned, reliable CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard across the line-up, but all-wheel drive is also available, the Touring being the only trim that comes exclusively in AWD variant.

Fuel Economy

Both crossover models offer good fuel economy. The Crosstrek models fitted with the 6-speed manual are rated at 23/29/25 mpg, with the CVT versions able to do 23 mpg in the city, 33 on the highway, which is 29 mpg combined. The Honda is rated at 26 mpg for city drives, 31 mpg on the road, that makes 28 mpg combined, a slight difference compared to the more powerful Crosstrek

Conclusion: How do the Crosstrek and HR-V Measure Up?

Subaru and Honda offer two great, reliable, safe, comfortable and strong SUVs.

The Crosstek's engine is slightly larger and so is the power it delivers, but the Honda achieves better fuel economy. Both models come with CVT, but in the case of the Subaru, the 7-speed box is offered as an option on most trims, while on the Honda, the 2-speed CVT is standard;

All-wheel drive is standard only on the Subaru.