The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is here, with a powerful new 2.5-liter Subaru BOXER® engine available in the all-new Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim, and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology standard across all models. Below we will explore the differences between the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and a popular competitor, the Honda HR-V.

What Competes with the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?

The subcompact SUV category is a competitive one, and understandably so. Consumers want the versatility, performance, and good looks of an SUV in a small package. Vehicles in this category include the Subaru Crosstrek, the Toyota CHR, the Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Rogue Sport, and the Honda HR-V. Fortunately, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a leader in this class, with features and pricing that do not disappoint.

Which is Better, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2021 Honda HR-V?

The CarConnection offers some insight on the differences between the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2021 Honda HR-V in its comparison of the two vehicles. Firstly, the 2021 Crosstrek roundly beats the Honda HR-V with an overall rating of 6.0 for the Crosstrek versus 5.2 for the Honda model. Some of the reasons for the better rating include better fuel economy on the Crosstrek - 27/34 city/highway mpg versus 26/31 on the all-wheel-drive trim Honda, and better performance due to the CVT and standard AWD on the Crosstrek. CarConnection referred to the HR-V as "sluggish" and noted that the "fuel economy and standard safety gear lag" on the Honda compared to the 2021 Crosstrek. And the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has a smaller price-tag than the Honda CR-V, $23,595 MSRP versus $24,220, respectively. 

Which is Bigger, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2021 Honda HR-V?

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is longer, taller, and wider than the 2021 HR-V, giving it an edge in passenger volume: 100.9 versus 96.1 square feet. That added volume makes a big difference where it counts, resulting in superior front seat head and leg room. The Honda HR-V has a marginal edge in cargo space at 55.9 cubic feet versus 55.3 on the Crosstrek. However, the Honda's poor ground clearance - 7.3 inches versus the 8.7 inches on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, and its smaller engine, negate the small difference in cargo room. Packing more gear isn't much use if you don't have the power to haul it!

Do Subaru Crosstreks Hold their Value?

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is sure to continue the legacy of previous Crosstreks, which are noted for holding their value extremely well. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek was awarded Best Resale Value in Class for 2020 by Kelley Blue Book and according to ALG, the Crosstrek had the highest residual value in class for four years running. The Honda HR-V cannot compete with the accolades of the Crosstrek when it comes to holding its value.

Is the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek a Reliable Car?

Kelley Blue Book has consistently recognized Subaru as a "Best Brand" in its annual Brand Image Awards. In fact, Subaru won the title in 2020, which marked the sixth year that Subaru received the honor. Subaru received the honor for many reasons, including that Subarus are famously reliable cars, trusted by customers to deliver value, performance, and safety over many years. In fact, 97% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. 

Which is Safer, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2021 Honda HRV?

Many drivers think of Subaru's reputation for superior safety they think of the Subaru brand. Those words apply very well to the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, which has an impressive list of safety features which the 2021 Honda HR-V cannot match. Subaru's award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, standard on all trim levels, includes features which issue warnings to the driver in the event of an impending collision and assist in steering, braking, and keeping the car in the lane. EyeSight® has been shown to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%. Other available safety features include X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control, which optimizes the car's systems for better traction, STARLINK® Safety and Security, which notifies an operator in the event of a collision, and Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-traffic Alert. In short, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has an edge in safety over the Honda HR-V. 
Contact Rafferty Subaru to schedule a test drive of the impressive 2021 Subaru Crosstrek today!

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