In the battle for Compact SUV preeminence, it doesn't get much better than the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda HR-V. While initially a raised suspension variation of the Imprezza, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek moved to the Subaru Global Platform. The Honda HR-V shares the same platform as the Honda Fit. The ruggedness of the Subaru challenges the reliability of the Honda. Let us explore the details to see who comes out ahead in this matchup.

2019 subaru crosstrek limited vs honda hrv ex comparison

What's new with Crosstrek and HR-V:

  • EyeSight suite of driver-assistance features standard on all designs
  • Information and entertainment system is new
  • Plug-in hybrid version
  • Updated exterior
  • Two new trim levels, Sport and Touring
  • Honda Sensing driver assistance package (previously not available).
  • Manual transmission alternative has beenphased out


Neither automobile is likely to set lap records at the race course but both still have dependable, effective engines. The Crosstrek continues the Subaru custom of using a boxer engine, this time it's a 2.0 L 4-cylinder variation, while the HR-V gets a 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder. The Subaru beats the Honda in horse power, torque and MPGs. The HR-V can be ordered with either Front Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive, while the Subaru is solely sold in All-Wheel Drive.



While the HR-V looks most comfortable cruising the community searching for the hip, brand-new coffee bar the Crosstrek looks prepared to take on Pike's Peak. From nearly 9 inches of ground clearance, 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED Steering Responsive Headlights the Crosstrek awaits adventure. The HR-V is polished, sporty-looking and features a moonroof as a conventional feature on the EX-L trim.

Including perforated leather-trimmed seating and an acoustic windshield, Subaru proclaims a quiet, comfy cabin for all of your journeys in the Crosstrek. The HR-V has much of the same features yet Honda has given it an added ace up its sleeve, the Second Row Magic Seat. The seat pillows fold up (like on lots of crew-cab trucks) to make room for big items like a bike.


Subaru's focus on safety and security can be found in the form of SUBARU STARLINK. It uses services meant to help you whether you are driving, in the house, or on your mobile device.The STARLINK information and entertainment system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Pandora integration on all trim models of Crosstrek. For the nature lover there is the eBird app, a digital birding coach for finding close-by birds.

The HR-V includes Honda Sensing®, a suite of similar safety and driving assistance choices like Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Both automobiles use options such as a Back-Up Camera, Navigation, and Smart Device Integration.

Subaru Crosstrek Limited 2019 vs. Honda HR-V EX-L 2019 - Specs & Features

Subaru Crosstrek LimitedHonda HR-V EX-L
Available Engine2.0L 4-cylinder2.5L Inline 4-cylinder
TransmissionsLineartronic® CVTContinuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
with Sport Mode
152hp / 145 lbs. ft. torque 141hp / 127 lbs. ft. torque
Exterior Lighting LED Steering Responsive Headlights Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
LED taillights
Wheels18-inch alloys17-inch alloys
SunroofPower sliding-glass moonroof
Moonroof (Standard)
InfotainmentSTARLINK™ 8-inch touchscreen (Standard)
Navigation (Optional)
7-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
StandardStandard on Sport Trim and higher
Parking CameraRear vision camera (Standard)Multi-Angle Rearview Camera (Standard)

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