2019 Honda HR-V vs 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

June 13th, 2019 by

2019 HR-V vs 2019 Crosstrek

When shopping for a new car, one of the first things a buyer does is compare the vehicle they are considering to other vehicles of the same style and class. For the 2019 Honda HR-V, one of the biggest competitors is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek may look comparable, but the HR-V goes above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable and safe commute.

2019 Honda HR-V
(LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring)
2019 Subaru Crosstrek
(2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited)
Exterior A power moonroof is standard on HR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring A power moonroof is part of a $1,400 option package on Premium and $1,000 package on Limited
18-inch alloy wheels are standard on the affordable new HR-V Sport Only the priciest Crosstrek Limited trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels
Versatility 2nd-row Magic Seats feature Utility Mode, Tall Mode, and Long Mode Conventional split rear seatback can be up or down. That’s it.
HR-V AWD LX and Sport models provide 23.2 cu ft of cargo1 capacity behind the 2nd-row seats, and 57.6 cu ft of max cargo volume Rear seats up or flat, Crosstrek can carry 3 or 4 fewer paper bags full of grocers (20.8 cu ft/55.3 cu ft)
Comfort & Convenience 39.3 inches
at 39.3 inches, HR-V’s rear legroom offers spacious comfort
36.5 inches
Crosstrek squeezes knees with almost 3 fewer inches of rear legroom (36.5 in)
HR-V Touring models come standard with an onboard navigation system Crosstrek Limited buyers must add a $2,350 package to get onboard navi
Safety & Driver-Assistive Honda Sensing features CMBS, LKAS, and ACC are standard on HR-V EX and above trims Subaru offers similar features in an extra-cost package on Crosstrek Premium ($1,395)
The Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) is a standard feature of HR-V EX and above trims Nothing similar to RDM is available on any Crosstrek
Standard Honda LaneWatch enhances driver awareness on HR-V EX and above No Crosstrek offers anything like LaneWatch
Every HR-V comes with a multi-angle rearview camera Crosstrek’s rearview camera can only provide a single view
Edmunds.com puts the 2018 HR-V AWD LX 5-year True Cost to Own® at $37,1482 The True Cost to Own® figure for a 2018 Crosstrek 2.0i is $41,078 ($3,930 higher than the Honda HR-V)
Financial $29,535
At the top end, the extremely well-equipped 2019 HR-V Touring has an MSRP with destination charges of $29,5353
$30,520
Equip a Crosstrek Limited comparably to the HR-V Touring, and its MSRP blows up to $30,5203

The Verdict: THe 2019 Honda HR-V is the clear winner over the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek by giving buyers:

  • Many more standard features
  • Greater versatility
  • More choices of trims
  • Greater value that is also long lasting

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See also: 2019 Honda HR-V Research Page
See also: Honda FAQs


1Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position. Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.
2Edmunds.com True Cost to Own® as of 7/10/18.
3MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, including destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.