Honda HR-V vs Subaru Crosstrek

When searching for the next crossover to aid in their exploration of the Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, and Wellington areas, local drivers will surely turn to two of the most popular options on the market.

In many aspects, these crossovers may be similar, but when we pit the 2019 Honda HR-V vs. the Subaru Crosstrek, the differences start to show. Check out this comparison by the Braman Honda of Palm Beach team to discover which comes out ahead.



Standard Transmission


6-speed manual

Standard Fuel Economy

34 MPG highway/28 MPG city1

29 MPG highway/23 MPG city

                                  Smart Safety

Opt. Honda Sensing®

& Honda LaneWatch™

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

Cargo Room (Behind 1st)

58.8 cubic feet

55.3 cubic feet

HR-V vs Crosstrek: A Smooth & Efficient Ride

2019 Honda HR-V GrayIf you’re constantly on the go—whether it’s to work, school, or the beach for a bit of fun in the sun—then you need a car that’s fuel-conscious. If your car wasn’t made to save, then those added miles will equate to added trips to the gas station.

The Honda HR-V, which comes standard with its own Eco Assist™ System, is capable of maintaining an EPA-estimated 34 MPG highway and 28 MPG city in its standard configuration.1

This is due in large part to the addition of a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). CVTs are known for having shorter gear ratios, which can help your vehicle to conserve fuel.

A CVT is offered in the Crosstrek, too, but only as an upgrade. It starts off with a 6-speed manual transmission, which only allows it to maintain an EPA-estimated 29 MPG highway and 23 MPG city. If conserving fuel is your big concern, the HR-V offers an edge here.

Start Packing Those Bags

Frequent travelers need an ample amount of cargo room to haul all their luggage and gear on their next excursion. And to this end, the HR-V and the Crosstrek do come pretty close.

When you fold over the second row in your Subaru, you’ll have as much as 55.3 cubic feet for luggage behind the front seats.

However, the HR-V pushes this envelope just a bit further. When you fold over its second row, your cargo space maxes out at 58.8 cubic feet, clearly surpassing the competitor. That leaves more room for a surfboard or sporting equipment.

Smart Safety for Smart Drivers

Driver-assisting safety features are all the rage now. This is the kind of technology that utilizes sensors to determine when a collision may be about to occur. It can send warnings to drivers or even act autonomously to help prevent accidents.

The HR-V and the Crosstrek each have their own available smart safety suite. In the former, it’s Honda Sensing® and in the latter it’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Both include features like Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist.

The Honda model, however, also offers the brand-exclusive Honda LaneWatch™. This is a camera system that supplements your side mirrors by displaying blind spot and rear views on your touchscreen. With this, you’ll have more confidence about dangerous turns or merges.

Test Drive the Honda HR-V Today

Boynton Beach and Palm Beach drivers will find that the 2019 Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek have a solid amount of versatility to make their next beach trip a breeze. However, a head-to-head matchup shows that the Honda offering pulls out ahead.

If you’re in the Lake Worth or Wellington area and want to take an HR-V for a spin, contact the Braman Honda of Palm Beach team. Schedule your test drive today!


28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX CVT trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring CVT trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.