2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

When you want the fuel economy of a sedan, but you’re looking for the increased ride height and capability of an SUV, there’s only one solution: a crossover. Subcompact crossovers are appealing to many thanks to their athletic styling and roomy interiors, which is why we’re starting to see options from virtually every automaker. How are you to choose? Those considering the differences between the 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Subaru Crosstrek are likely taking into account reliability ratings and traction control. Both automakers are well-known for their dependability, and Subaru in particular has earned attention for standard AWD. Those who trust the Honda name might prefer simply opting for the HR-V and upgrading it to the AWD model, but how do you decide which to do?

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2017 Honda HR-V LX (AWD) vs 2017 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i
23.2 cu. ft/57.6 cu. ft (max) Cargo Volume 22.3 cu. ft./51.9 cu. ft (max)
100.1 cu. ft. Passenger Space 97.5 cu. ft.
1.8-liter 4-cylinder; 141hp, 127 lb-ft Engine Specs 2.0-liter 4 cylinder; 148hp, 145 lb-ft
CVT (6-speed manual available on 2WD) Transmission 5-Speed Manual, CVT available

Differences between the 2017 Honda HR-V and 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

You’ll note quite a lot of things are similar between the HR-V and Crosstrek. Both offer AWD, though it’s standard in the Crosstrek, each comes in just three trims and pricing is competitive. So when it comes down to it, how do you decide between them?

For those who don’t require AWD, the Subaru is instantly less desirable. It’s more expensive than the 2017 Honda HR-V, even if you do upgrade the drivetrain, and it isn’t as spacious. You can see from the table, it’s less roomy both when it comes to passenger and cargo space, and isn’t roominess part of the appeal of a crossover?

When it comes to performance specs, the models are virtually tied, but the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek earns criticism for slow acceleration and a noise transmission. The five-speed manual that comes standard isn’t as efficient as a continuously variable transmission, but it’s clear that Subaru’s CVT simply isn’t as refined as the engineering behind the HR-V.

So how do you decide between the Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek? As it turns out, the choice shouldn’t be difficult. The 2017 Honda HR-V offers more style and a roomier interior, while sharing or exceeding the performance specs of the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. Don’t believe us? Stop by Cale Yarborough Honda and test drive the model for yourself.

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