Normally, we compare base models of competing brands because like-features vary in higher trim levels, making comparisons difficult. However, this is not possible when comparing the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda HR-V LX (base model). While EVERY Crosstrek with CVT transmission comes with Subaru's award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, these features ARE NOT OFFERED on the Honda HR-V LX. NO collision mitigation, NO adaptive cruise control, NO lane keep assist, NO lane departure warning, NO Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration and NO automatic climate control as found on the Crosstrek. The Honda HR-V LX is a basic car with an AM/FM/CD radio. It's head-scratching that Honda would omit critical safety features on their lower two trim levels of the HR-V (LX and Sport) that other manufacturers, like Subaru, include standard on ALL trim levels. 

Motor Trend editors stated, "The Crosstrek is a smart, balanced, versatile little thing many of us would love to have parked in the driveway." Car and Driver wrote, "Crosstrek offers all the trappings of a modern SUV in a value-loaded package."


All-Wheel Drive

Subaru is the leader in All-Wheel Drive technology and every Subaru Crosstrek comes with it - standard! The Honda HR-V is primarily a FWD vehicle with an AWD add-on package. Learn more about Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System and how it ensures outstanding grip in snow, rain, or rough terrain. After all, we live in New England!

Comfort, Space, Visibility

"The Crosstrek seats five, and the driver enjoys excellent visibility in all directions. The rear seats provide a solid amount of legroom so adults can ride in the back without issue." U.S. News

The Honda HR-V gets high marks for their innovative 2nd Row Magic Seat, where the seat bottoms can fold UP. This makes them useful for carrying tall items like table lamps.

"It (HR-V) looks nicer than it feels. The cabin is well-designed and sensibly laid out, but materials feel cheap when you poke around. Photos also can't show how loud the cabin is at speed; lots of engine and road noise seeps in from outside." Motor Trend

"With its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and X-Mode off-road traction system, the Crosstrek goes above what is offered on a Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona." AutoTrader


The 2020 Crosstrek has a larger engine with more torque AND still delivers better fuel economy than the 2020 HR-V. While neither vehicle is ready for the race track, the poor performance of the HR-V continues to dog it as noted in the expert reviews below.

"But in a very un-Honda-like manner, the engine is thrashy and underpowered and can be genuinely unpleasant when merging on the freeway or climbing a long grade." Edmunds

"Low, noisy, and unrefined, the HR-V's four-cylinder engine won't satisfy your inner street racer, and the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) exacerbates the engine's incivility." Car and Driver

Price Difference

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium w/CVT MSRP starts at just $25,605 vs the 2020 Honda HR-V EX with AWD at $26,590, including destination charges. That's $985 less for the Subaru Crosstrek.
When comparing prices from manufacturers or getting dealer quotes, ALWAYS make sure the destination charge is included.

Multi-media and connectivity

2020 Crosstrek and HR-V both offer a multi-media/information display and both support Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM (subscription required).
All Subaru Crosstrek trims except the base model INCLUDE the  SUBARU STARLINK system.

"The 2020 Honda HR-V ranks midpack among subcompact SUVs. Its engine is weak, however, and the infotainment system can be hard to operate while driving." U.S. News

J.D. Power reports, "Owners indicate that their least favorite things about the HR-V are (in descending order) the infotainment system and storage and space in a tie, then the engine/transmission, climate controls, and fuel economy."

"Subaru's StarLink infotainment system is clearly organized, offers plenty of connectivity features as standard, and is easy to navigate in everyday use." Car and Driver

Accident avoidance systems


 Both Subaru and Honda have excellent advanced active safety features, albeit they work differently and offer slightly different feature sets with different name terminology. Subaru's system is called EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Honda's is called Honda Sensing.


CLICK HERE to learn how Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology has been shown to reduce rear end crashes with injuries by up to 85%.

Towing Capacity and Range
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs while the Honda HR-V is NOT RATED FOR TOWING. According to, the Crosstrek has a range of 498 miles vs 370 for the Honda, a pretty big difference.
Call Center Subaru at 888-869-5889 to schedule a test drive.


Boxer Engine (across the entire product line)

At the heart of every Subaru is the horizontally opposed boxer engine developed to combine balance with power and efficiency. It's the same proven engine design that drives our family cars as well as our high-performance WRX-STi rally cars. 

The advantages include: Low profile, providing lower center of gravity for predictable handling. Produces less vibration than other engine designs.  SUBARU BOXER engines help enhance overall vehicle safety and longevity.
It's no wonder 96% of Subarus sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today! Hyundai does not offer the boxer engine.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Subarus are designed and engineered from the start to be all wheel drive. Notice how the components are aligned in a straight line from the boxer engine --> transmission --> drive train and that both sides are symmetrical. This symmetry is incredibly efficient and provides power to all four wheels all the time for maximum traction, balance and control. Other examples of symmetry are airplanes and butterflies.

To get power to the rear wheels on the HR-V requires several 90-degree turns to align the transmission with the rear drive shaft. This is very inefficient and often results in reduced MPG.  Also, notice how one front axle is longer than the other on the Honda HR-V. This can cause torque steer where heavy acceleration can cause the vehicle to veer unpredictably to the left or right.

Consumer Reports sums up the 2020 Crosstrek this way:

"The Crosstrek is Subaru's pseudo-SUV; it's essentially an Impreza hatchback with a raised ride height and some rugged visual cues. Since it's based on the already-good Impreza, it has that model's smooth ride, good fuel mileage, easy-to-use controls, and roomy rear seat. As a result, it's ranked at the top of our subcompact SUV standings."

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