Maybe buy it
You should buy it
Better, bigger interior. Honda’s HR-V is a miracle of interior packaging. Despite measuring seven inches shorter than the Subaru Crosstrek, the Honda offers more interior space, more cargo room and more rear legroom. Plus the rear seatbacks fold down or the seat cushions fold up for more interior capabilities. All in a package that’s easier to park. Talk about win/win.
Front-wheel-drive availability. Sure, AWD sounds like a nice feature to have. But if you live in a warm climate that never sees snow, why pay extra for a feature that will also suck up more gas? Nearly every version of the HR-V offers it in either front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive. With Crosstrek, every model is AWD-only.
Cheaper. Because you can opt for an HR-V without AWD, buyers on a budget can get into this Honda for less money than they would the Subaru Crosstrek. A base model HR-V with a CVT gearbox is about $21,515 for a 2019 model. The similar Crosstrek with a CVT runs about $23,870.
Better safety ratings. The Crosstrek was awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the IIHS for 2018 and 2019, the agency’s top rating and one few cars received. The HR-V didn’t get such a designation. Plus, base 2018 models of the Crosstrek could be optioned with the EyeSight suite of active safety features that weren’t even available on 2018 HR-Vs (for 2019, Honda made its safety suite -- dubbed Honda Sensing -- standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims of the HR-V).
Reliability. Consumer Reports gives the Crosstrek a 5 out of 5 for reliability, while the Honda only scored a 2 out of 5. This is one of the key reasons Consumer Reports gave the Crosstrek a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating.
Better range. While both of these models have comparable fuel economy ratings from the EPA, the Subaru has a total range of 481 miles versus the 383-mile range of the Honda. Blame the otherwise excellent interior packaging of the HR-V. This makes road trips more palatable in the Subaru thanks to fewer stops.
There’s a lot to like about the Honda HR-V. It has incredible interior packaging, it comes in FWD versions if you live in a warm climate, it’s shorter and easier to park and it will likely cost you less money than a Crosstrek. But we’re smitten by the Subaru’s more rugged and handsome styling, its impressive safety ratings and features and its conspicuously better reliability scores from Consumer Reports. Those attributes are too good to pass up for us, so we say Buy the Subaru Crosstrek.
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