2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Honda HR-V

Compare: the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs the 2020 Honda HR-V

Buying a new car can be a stressful time, but you can reduce much of your worries by properly researching your new vehicle before beginning the process. At Tucson Subaru, we stand by our excellent vehicles and we know many Subaru drivers are turned into life-long fans, but if you're looking to buy your first Subaru, we want to help you make your decision. With extra specials and offers and incentives, you'll love how much you can save. The Honda HR-V is another competitor in the crossover class, keep reading to find our blow-by-blow comparison of the Crosstrek and HR-V.

Subaru Crosstrek
Honda HR-V

Starting MSRP$21,895$20,620
City MPG27

Highway MPG33

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Road Departure Mitigation System

51.9 cu.ft.
55.9 cu.ft.

Ground Clearance
8.7 in
7.3 in

Compare Performance & Capability

  • Crosstrek offers more horsepower (152 HP compared to 141 HP)
  • Crosstrek offers better control on the road with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Standard
  • HR-V has better MPG on paper, but this is due in part to the lack of AWD for the base model

The Crosstrek's mechanical specs are very impressive, and they have helped it climb to the top of many best-of lists year after year. Its updated SUBARU BOXER engine cranks out more horsepower at a lower rpm than the HR-V, so your drive is more powerful without putting as much stress on your engine. Both SUVs here in the Marana area have a continuously variable automatic transmission that helps smooth out your drive. We think you'll love the lineartronic continuously variable transmission of the Crosstrek for its smooth shifting and seamless power.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the Crosstrek in Sierra Vista, making it a hugely capable vehicle that will stay in control in poor conditions and conquer any road. The HR-V only offers a pricy upgrade to AWD so if you're driving on a lot of poorly maintained roads the Crosstrek is definitely the way to go. The Crosstrek also has a tighter turning diameter for increased maneuverability while driving around the Green Valley AZ area.

Both vehicles have comparable estimated fuel economy, but the Crosstrek has a larger gas tank that helps keep you going for longer so you can spend less time at the pumps.

Compare Technology & Features

  • Crosstrek Exclusive Features include:
  • Heated Front Seats Standard
  • Available Harman Kardon Premium Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is standard on the Crosstrek; a pricey upgrade on the HR-V

Subaru tends to offer as many luxury and convenience features as possible in their base models, so you can bet the Crosstrek brings it in this department. A standard hands-free communications system comes in the form of the Subaru STARLINK multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The HR-V doesn't get these capabilities until you upgrade to higher trim levels for life in Oro Valley.

For increased interior luxury, the Crosstrek also offers an available premium sound system; a feature that is not available on the HR-V. Standard heated front seats are another example of the Crosstrek offering luxury standard where others don't.

Compare Safety & Security

  • The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek can be equipped with a full suite of EyeSight features
  • ONLY the Subaru Legacy was rated as an IIHS Top Safety Pick award recipient
  • The Honda HR-V missed the IIHS Top Safety Pick award due to both "Poor" and "Marginal" category rankings

Both vehicles offer an impressive array of basic safety features, but the HR-V doesn't have much in the way of advanced available features. The Crosstrek offers an available suite of driver-assist technologies like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and cross-traffic alerts. These features help you stay alert on the road to keep you safe.

The Crosstrek and HR-V both received a five-star NHTSA safety rating, excelling in all crash categories. The Crosstrek was awarded a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, receiving top marks in nearly all categories, meanwhile the HR-V missed the award and ranked "Poor" in the Headlights category, and "Marginal" in the Child Seat Anchors category.

Standard AWD also can't be understated when talking about safety, so we're mentioning it again. The extra control offered by the Crosstrek's AWD keeps you in control and allows for quicker responses to potential accidents.

Trim Level Comparisons

Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i vs. Honda HR-V Lincoln MKX

Performance and Capability

The introductory Crosstrek features a 2.0-liter engine that makes 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, clearly outperforming the HR-V's 1.8-liter engine that produces 142 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The HR-V is estimated to deliver better fuel economy, but that advantage is more than negated by its smaller fuel tank -- which means you'll still stop for gas more often in the Honda than you will in the Crosstrek.

Then there's the fact that the Crosstrek comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which makes it much more capable at handling rough roads and terrain than the HR-V is. The Crosstrek also enjoys a tighter turning diameter, so it's even more maneuverable in traffic and on rough roads.


This is one area where the standard offerings on the two introductory models really differ, with the Crosstrek clearly delivering more for your money. The Crosstrek includes features -- like a roof rack, heated front seats, and a multimedia system that includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity -- that aren't even available as options for the beginning HR-V model.


Both the Crosstrek and the HR-V offer abundant standard safety features, and both models were awarded 5-Star Overall crash safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the Crosstrek is the only one of the two to have been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- and, we remind you, only the Crosstrek comes with standard all-wheel drive for greater control and correspondingly quicker evasive maneuvers.

Crosstrek 2.0i Limited vs. Honda HR-V EX-L

Performance and Capability

The standard engines remain the same for the top-of-the-line offerings for each crossover, so the Crosstrek continues to enjoy the advantage when it comes to delivering more power with less engine stress. Both vehicles have continuously variable automatic transmissions that deliver smooth gear changes as needed, but the Crosstrek 2.0i Limited includes limited-slip differential along with standard all-wheel drive -- providing you with even greater control and performance. The HR-V EX-L doesn't offer either.


As you expect of top-level models, each of these SUVs offer the creature comforts and technologies you want, such as remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed upholstery, cargo area lighting, power locks, power windows, cruise control, and automatic climate control. The Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited also offers a cover for the cargo area as a standard feature; the HR-V makes you pay extra for that as an option.


Both crossovers come with standard safety features such as daytime running lights, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, child safety rear door locks, seatbelt pretensioners, rear three-point center seatbelts and side guard door beams. Both were also awarded top marks by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, receiving 5-Star Overall crash ratings. The Crosstrek goes beyond its Honda foe when it comes to your protection, however, also earning a designation as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

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If you want to learn more about the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, then come on down to our Tucson, AZ dealership, or just meet our internet sales team and start the process from the comfort of your home. We proudly sell high-quality Subaru vehicles and our customers love our friendly, helpful service.

With the Crosstrek's performance, features, and safety specs, there's no reason why you shouldn't come to our lot today and test drive one. We look forward to seeing you on our lot soon.

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