2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru CrosstrekHead to Heads & Advice 

Head to Head: 2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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 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

2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Price & Lifestyle Comparison
VerdictThe 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.

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