In the fight for Compact SUV supremacy, it doesn't get much better than the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V. While initially a raised suspension version of the Imprezza, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek moved to the Subaru Global Platform. The Honda HR-V shares the same platform as the Honda Fit. The durability of the Subaru challenges the reliability of the Honda. Let us get into the details to see who comes out ahead in this matchup.


Crosstrek and HR-V, what's brand-new:

  • Now available on all versions, EyeSight suite of driver-assistance tech
  • A new infotainment system
  • Hybrid available as Plug-in version
  • Exterior is restyled
  • Two new trim levels, Sport and Touring
  • Honda Sensing driver assistance pkg (previously unavailable).
  • Terminated manual transmission alternative


Neither car is going to set lap records at the race course however both still have dependable, effective engines. The Crosstrek continues the Subaru tradition of using a boxer engine, this time it's a 2.0 L 4-cylinder version, while the HR-V has a 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder. The Subaru bests the Honda in horse power, torque and MPGs. The HR-V can be purchased with either FWD or All-Wheel Drive, while the Subaru is only offered in All-Wheel Drive.



While the HR-V looks most at ease travelling the town trying to find the hip, brand-new coffeehouse the Crosstrek looks all set to deal with Pike's Peak. From LED Steering Responsive Headlights, nearly 9 inches of ground clearance, and the 18-inch alloy wheels the Crosstrek awaits adventure. The HR-V is polished, sporty-looking and includes a moonroof as a basic feature on the EX-L trim level.

Including perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and an acoustic windshield, Subaru touts a peaceful, comfortable cabin for every one of your experiences in the Crosstrek. The HR-V has many of the very same options yet Honda has given it an added trick up its sleeve, the Second Row Magic Seat. The seat pillows fold (like on lots of crew-cab pickups) to make room for large items like a bike.


Subaru's focus on safety is available in SUBARU STARLINK. It offers solutions intended to assist you whether you are driving, at home, or on your mobile device.The STARLINK information and entertainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Pandora on all trim trims of Crosstrek. For the nature fan there is the eBird app, a digital birding coach for finding neighboring birds.

The HR-V features Honda Sensing®, a suite of comparable safety and security and driving support options like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation, and Road Departure Mitigation. Both automobiles have choices such as Navigation, Smart Device Integration and a Back-Up Camera.

Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2019 vs. Honda HR-V EX-L 2019 - Specs & Features

Subaru Crosstrek LimitedHonda HR-V EX-L
Available Engine2.0L 4-cylinder2.5L Inline 4-cylinder
TransmissionsLineartronic® CVTContinuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
with Sport Mode
152hp / 145 lbs. ft. torque 141hp / 127 lbs. ft. torque
Exterior Lighting LED Steering Responsive Headlights Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
LED taillights
Wheels18-inch alloys17-inch alloys
SunroofPower sliding-glass moonroof
Moonroof (Standard)
InfotainmentSTARLINK™ 8-inch touchscreen (Standard)
Navigation (Optional)
7-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
StandardStandard on Sport Trim and higher
Parking CameraRear vision camera (Standard)Multi-Angle Rearview Camera (Standard)

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