Compact crossovers from nearly every brand are competing desperately for the 2018 limelight. The SUV and crossover craze is still in full swing, and many manufacturers have taken a stab at the previously-untapped market, piling up some serious rewards. Subaru’s Crosstrek was introduced in 2013, and the competing Honda HR-V was introduced in 2016. Both compact crossovers have done extremely well for themselves, attracting a segment of buyers that previously had only too-small sedans and too-large SUVs to choose from. So how do the newest iterations stack up? Let’s take a look at the 2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.
2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Performance Comparison
Verdict: The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek offers more power, and every option includes Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, with comparable fuel economy.
Honda HR-V Engines:
- 1.8L 4-Cylinder 6-Speed Manual: 25 MPG City/33 MPG Highway* | 141-horsepower/127-lbft of torque
- 1.8L 4-Cylinder 2WD CVT: 28 MPG City/34 MPG Highway* | 141-horsepower/127-lbft of torque
- 1.8L 4-Cylinder AWD CVT: 27 MPG City/31 MPG Highway* | 141-horsepower/127-lbft of torque
Subaru Crosstrek Engines:
- 2.0L DOHC 6-Speed Manual: 23 MPG City/29 MPG Highway* | 152-horsepower/145-lbft of torque
- 2.0L DOHC Lineartronic® CVT: 27 MPG City/33 MPG Highway* | 152-horsepower/145-lbft of torque
2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Price & Lifestyle Comparison
Verdict: The Crosstrek can be more expensive, but better for those rough roads; the HR-V is more competitively-priced, and does well in the city.
Starting price for the 2018 Honda HR-V is $19,570**, while the starting price for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is $21,795**. If you’re looking to do some off-roading fun in the mountains, keep in mind that you’ll have to pay a little more than the starting price for the HR-V to upgrade to the AWD. The Crosstrek, on the other hand? AWD comes standard. The Crosstrek boasts 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, but the HR-V has Honda’s startlingly convenient Magic Seats®. The Crosstrek has integrated roof rails; the HR-V has Honda LaneWatch™ on higher trim levels. Ultimately, the HR-V offers a snazzy compact crossover for dominating city streets at a steal of a price. The Crosstrek offers a more powerful package that is ready for dirt roads and inclement weather.
If you can’t decide, you definitely need to make a trip to your local AutoNation Honda or Subaru dealership. Better yet, make a trip to both. The HR-V and the Crosstrek have their unique positives and negatives – you’ll want to see them each in action for yourself.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.