2021 Honda HR-V vs Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Honda HR-V

When it comes to crossover SUVs, there are a lot of them out there. The Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek, however, have proven themselves to be reliable options for drivers. So, the question is: Which of these two standout vehicles is superior?

The team here at Honda of Bay County has set out to answer this question for drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, FL. In this comparison of the 2021 Honda HR-V vs. Subaru Crosstrek, we’ll look at efficiency, cargo space, and available safety features. Then, you can see which crossover will be the best fit for you.

Efficiency and Handling

2021 Honda HR-V

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with the 2.0-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, while the HR-V comes with its own efficient option: the inline 4-cylinder engine.

While both vehicles are available as all-wheel drive (AWD) models in all trims, you may prefer the lighter 2-wheel drive (2WD) design that is only available in the Honda HR-V.

Both vehicles are designed to include continuously variable transmissions, or CVTs, in their engineering. This transmission enables a smoother driving experience. A CVT is available in all trims of the Crosstrek, but it is a standard engineering aspect of the HR-V.

Handling is a key factor to the performance of any crossover. You need a vehicle that can tackle off-road trails and adverse conditions just as successfully as it handles the dry road. So, no matter which one you choose, you’ll have a smooth and capable ride.

Interior Space and Versatility       

The 2021 Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek offer seating for five, but the HR-V has more space for all your cargo. The HR-V’s cargo volume with the rear seats up is 24.3 cubic feet, and it has a maximum cargo capacity of 58.8 cubic feet.

The Crosstrek, on the other hand, only has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and a maximum cargo capacity of 55.3 cubic feet.

In addition to having more cargo space overall, the second-row Magic Seat® makes the interior of the HR-V more versatile. This feature lets you fold down the seatbacks or fold up the seat for flexible storage. With three different seating and storage configurations, the interior can be customized to suit your next trip.

Smart Safety Features

2021 Honda HR-V Auto Liftgate

The HR-V is equipped with Honda Sensing®. This available suite of safety features works to keep you alert and safe behind the wheel. The available features include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

With Honda Sensing®, you’ll be more confident while you drive.

The Subaru Crosstrek also features a similar safety suite. It’s called EyeSight®. Its available features, like a Pre-collision Braking System and Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, are very similar to those available on the HR-V.

The 2021 Honda HR-V adds another layer of protection, though, with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The ACE™ body construction strategically distributes crash energy. Passengers riding in the HR-V will have extra protection from frontal collisions. This design feature is unique to Honda vehicles.

Test Drive the Honda HR-V

With better fuel economy and a more spacious and versatile interior, the Honda HR-V is able to come out on top over the Subaru Crosstrek.

You’ll still have to get behind the wheel to tell if the 2021 Honda HR-V is the right crossover for you. Come visit us at Honda of Bay County. We’ll schedule a test drive, and you’ll hit the streets of Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, Florida, knowing that you’re driving a safer, more efficient vehicle.