2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda HR-V Compact Crossover Comparison in Redwood City, CA

With a reputation for reliability and longevity, it's easy to understand why a Honda vehicle like the 2019 Honda HR-V might be appealing. It's a compact crossover, meaning it's a familiar size that's easy to park, but with extra room inside for cargo and an elevated seating position that gives you a confident view of the road ahead. But....

Did you know that Subaru has been named Kelley Blue Book's most trusted brand for the past five years? Subaru also has the lowest 5-year cost to own of any mainstream brand according to KBB and the top customer satisfaction rating in the nation according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. That means a new Subaru vehicle is even more reliable than a new car from any other brand.

That's why you should consider the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek instead! It's got more features, more technology and superior safety to the 2019 Honda HR-V. In the information below, we'll show you why the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a better buy. Compare them side-by-side below; then, visit Carlsen Subaru for your test drive.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek design

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda HR-V: Standard Features

One look is all it takes to see the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a bit more rugged than the 2019 Honda HR-V. The Honda HR-V is ultimately a city car, but the Subaru Crosstrek is built for tougher terrain, and you can tell with standard roof rails that can help you carry more cargo to the campsite. It's also available with steering-responsive LED headlights and fog lights. As you turn the steering wheel, these lights turn with you, to better illuminate curves in the path forward. That's a feature you can't find on the 2019 Honda HR-V at all.

Climb inside and the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek continues to impress. Available interior upgrades include a heated steering wheel, a mobile wi-fi hotspot and a premium audio system by Harman Kardon. On the 2019 Honda HR-V, you can't get any of these features. When you want more features inside and out, choose the Subaru Crosstrek!

2019 Subaru Crosstrek infotainment screen

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda HR-V: Infotainment

Every 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, from the entry-level model to the top-of-the-line trim level, comes standard with touchscreen infotainment powered by Subaru STARLINK®. Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto also come standard for seamless smartphone integration.

On the 2019 Honda HR-V, the entry-level models get a smaller, static display. Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto are only available when you spend even more for a trim level upgrade.

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek bike rack

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda HR-V: Performance

The Subaru Crosstrek makes more engine power than the Honda HR-V, which might have you assuming that the Honda is more fuel efficient -- so prepare to be pleasantly surprised! The 2019 Honda HR-V generates only 141 horsepower, 127 lb-ft of torque and achieves up to 31 MPG with all-wheel drive. By contrast, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek cranks out 152 horsepower, 145 lb-ft of torque and, with standard all-wheel drive, still earns up to 33 MPG!

Looking for an even more efficient powertrain? Carlsen Subaru is proud to be one of the select Subaru dealers in America offering the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. It's capable of up to 90 MPGe while delivering a combined system horsepower of 148. Stop by for a test drive, or give us a call to ask about our current inventory of Crosstrek Hybrid models.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek wheels

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda HR-V: Safety

The 2019 Honda HR-V is an impressively safe vehicle in its own right, and the 2019 Top Safety Pick award it received from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stands as proof. But the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek still outperformed its Honda rival in this area. It earned the even-more-exclusive 2019 Top Safety Pick+ honor from the IIHS!

And since Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard, you won't have to pay extra for confidence in wet weather and on unpaved roads. That's an added option that'll set you back an extra $1,400 or so on most 2019 Honda HR-V trim levels.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek blind spot monitor

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda HR-V: Drive Technology

As an available upgrade, both the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek and 2019 Honda HR-V offer a suite of driver assist features. The Subaru system is called Subaru EyeSight® while the Honda system is called Honda Sensing®. They both offer similar features, but you can get EyeSight® on every 2019 Subaru Crosstrek trim level. On the 2019 Honda HR-V, Honda Sensing® is only available on select premium trim levels.

Furthermore, with 8.7" of ground clearance and available X-MODE® off-road traction optimization technology with Hill Descent Control, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped for some tough terrain. The 2019 Honda HR-V, even with the available all-wheel drive system, is better suited to the pavement.

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Carlsen Subaru: Home Of The San Francisco Bay Area's Most Capable Cars And SUVs

While there are plenty of cars that are just good enough for driving on pavement, it takes a Subaru to tackle everything from downtown streets to off-road trails and everything in between. At Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City, we're proud to stock all the latest and greatest Subaru models! When you need something a little tougher, a little stronger and a whole lot safer than the competition, visit our dealership to find the Subaru that's a fit for you and your family. After all, a Subaru is always a great investment -- Subaru was rated the top brand for resale value the past four years by Automotive Lease Guide.

You'll find our showroom at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063. We invite you to come by for a test drive any time! We're confident that one spin behind the wheel of a new Subaru will have you convinced: a Subaru is a better value than its competitors from leading brands like Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek2019 Honda HR-V
$21,895Starting MSRP*$20,620
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
145 lb-ftTorque127 lb-ft
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlay / Android AutoAvailable Upgrade
8.7 InchesGround Clearance7.3 Inches
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space100.1 Cubic Feet
Double WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion-Beam

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.