2019 Honda HR-V vs Subaru Crosstrek

2019 Honda HR-V

When it comes to crossovers, there are a lot of them out there. The Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek, however, have proven themselves to be above most of their competition. 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. In this comparison of the 2019 Honda HR-V vs Subaru Crosstrek, we’ll look at efficiency, space for cargo, as well as available safety features. Then, you can see which crossover will be the best fit for you.

Efficiency and Handling

Both the 2019 Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek offer one engine option. The Crosstrek is equipped with the 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. While the HR-V comes with an in-line 4-cylinder engine.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, however, the Eco Assist™ System allows the HR-V to go the extra mile. It gets an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.* The Crosstrek only gets an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

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. Both SUVs feature all-wheel drive systems and continuously variable transmissions. So, no matter which one you choose you’ll have a smooth and capable ride.

Interior Space and Versatility

The 2019 Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek offer seating for five, but the HR-V has more space for all your cargo. Its cargo volume with the rear seat 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 2nd-Row Magic Seat® makes the interior of the HR-V more versatile. With three different seating and storage configurations, the interior can be customized to suit your needs. In Long Mode, you can accommodate items up to eight feet long. There’s also Utility Mode, which will give you access to the maximum cargo capacity of the HR-V. Lastly, there’s Tall Mode, which gives you four feet of vertical storage space.

Smart Safety Features

2019 Honda HR-V

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™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keep Assist

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 Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control are very similar to those available on the HR-V.

The 2019 Honda HR-V adds another layer of protection with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure. The ACE™ body construction strategically distributes crash energy. So, passengers riding in the HR-V will have extra protection from frontal collisions.

Test Drive the Honda HR-V

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

You’ll still have to get behind the wheel to tell if the 2019 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, knowing that you’re driving a safer, more efficient vehicle.


* 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX CVT trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring CVT trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.