2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Toyota C-HR Comparison in Columbus, OH

With their reputation for quality and reliability, it's not hard to see why some drivers might consider the new 2021 Toyota C-HR compact crossover. But did you know that 97% of all Subaru models sold in the past 10 years are still going strong today according to Experian? And the Automotive Lease Guide says a Subaru will hold its value better than even a Toyota! That's why we think you should consider the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek instead. It's bigger, more powerful and more capable than the Toyota C-HR. That makes it a better value for your money. Discover more in the side-by-side comparison below!

2021 Crosstrek Cargo Area

Size & Utility

A crossover SUV should provide more cargo versatility and interior comfort than a typical compact car -- but the little 2021 Toyota C-HR is quite cramped inside. It has less than 32" of rear seat legroom, making them likely to be uncomfortable for fully-grown adults, especially on longer drives. By contrast, you get a generous 36.5" of legroom in the rear of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Plus, you also have much more cargo room in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek! The new Crosstrek even comes with grocery bag hooks and tie-down points, and is available with a cargo cover and a rear cargo tray. That makes it better for the day's errands to the grocery store, shopping mall or hardware store. You can even tow up to 1,500 pounds behind the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek when properly equipped. The manufacturer doesn't recommend you tow anything behind the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

2021 Crosstrek StarTex Upholstery

Features & Technology

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is built with toughness in mind -- for both families on the daily drive or adventuring out of town. Available StarTex® water-repellent upholstery resists spills from kid's cups and stains from muddy camping gear. Stain-resistant upholstery isn't available at all on the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

You also get some superior features on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, like standard sculpted alloy wheels. Entry-level 2021 Toyota C-HR models feature steel wheels. Plus the 2021 Crosstrek has upgrades you can't get on the Toyota C-HR, such as a premium speaker system and a power moonroof, which aren't available on the C-HR at all.

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2021 Crosstrek Climbing Hill


At the entry level, power outputs of these two vehicles are pretty similar: The 2021 Toyota C-HR delivers 144 horsepower while the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gives you a bit more with 152 horsepower. But what separates these cars is how that power is delivered! The C-HR is a front-wheel drive vehicle only. That's fine for dry pavement, but the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can take you further with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. In wet, icy conditions or loose road surfaces, all-wheel drive gives you better traction and handling control. That's a feature you just can't get on the C-HR, and which can cost you thousands more on other rival crossovers. But the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features all-wheel drive as standard equipment!

2021 Crosstrek Blind Spot Monitor


When it comes to your safety in a crash, both these cars provide class-leading protection. And that's according to industry authorities like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. NHTSA gave both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Toyota C-HR a five-star overall safety rating. Both models even earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

However, since all-wheel drive provides greater control in bad weather, we think the Subaru Crosstrek has the edge when it comes to safety.

2021 Crosstrek Navigation

Driver Assist Technology

Toyota and Subaru are both industry leaders when it comes to standard driver assistance features. Where most rival cars in this segment will charge you extra for these features, both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Toyota C-HR come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance. Furthermore, you can even get rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring on both models as optional upgrades. However, there is one unique feature that sets the Subaru Crosstrek apart: Reverse Automatic Braking. If the rear cross-traffic alert system detects a vehicle passing suddenly behind you while reversing, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can hit the brakes on its own to avoid a parking lot fender-bender. That feature is unavailable on the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek costs a bit more than the 2021 Toyota C-HR when comparing entry-level models, but you get so much more value from the Crosstrek! It's built from the ground up to provide versatility and capability for different kinds of driving that the C-HR just can't handle. And since it has more power, better fuel economy and more space inside, it's simply a better choice for the daily drive no matter where your commute takes you. We invite you to discover more at Byers Airport Subaru during a test drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Toyota C-HR
$22,245Starting MSRP*$21,445
152Standard Horsepower144
182Max Available Horsepower144
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
28 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
1,500 lbsMaximum Towing CapacityTowing Not Recommended
36.5"Rear Legroom31.7"
55.3 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume37.0 Cubic Feet
AvailableManual TransmissionNot Available
AvailableWater-Repellent UpholsteryNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.