Compare The New 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Honda CR-V Models

The crossover SUV has become one of the most popular vehicles on the road, and that means you'll find options from just about every automotive manufacturer. Subaru and Honda are among the industry's best reputations for quality and reliability. So, which brand offers the best value for your money? We look at some of the main facts separating these two respected crossover SUVs below. Before making your final decision, we invite you to discover all that a new Subaru SUV has to offer at Byers Airport Subaru in Columbus, OH.

Subaru Crosstrek utility specs

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Size & Convenience

You may have noticed that the new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is significantly more affordable than the new Honda CR-V. A big part of this difference is because these models are from slightly different segments. You see, the Subaru Crosstrek is considered a compact crossover SUV while the Honda CR-V fits better in the small SUV segment. So, what does this mean? They share nearly the same wheelbase, but the Honda CR-V is a little longer and taller. Inside, the overall passenger space is more similar than you might expect, but you will find a bit more cargo room in the Honda CR-V. However, standard roof rails on every Subaru Crosstrek model are ready to accommodate a wide range of roof mounted cargo accessories allowing you to carry virtually the same amount of cargo for much less than a Honda CR-V. You'll find yourself looking at the top-of-the-line Honda CR-V before roof rails are even available.


Subaru Crosstrek technology features

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Features & Technology

Even walking around the outside of each model reveals a gap in value between these two crossover SUVs. They each start out with standard seventeen-inch alloy wheels but look at the wheel arches. On the new Subaru Crosstrek, they're protected by durable cladding that not only protects the paint when cruising beyond the paved road, the wheel arch cladding adds a capable look and feel that the Honda CR-V simply falls short of. You'll also notice that the new Subaru Crosstrek sits a bit higher off the ground, which is an important advantage when adventure calls.

Take your seat behind the wheel, and you'll start to notice other differences. The much more expensive base Honda CR-V model comes with a dated 5-inch LCD screen compared to the standard touchscreen multimedia system in the new Subaru Crosstrek. This means smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is standard in every crossover SUV from Subaru but will cost extra as an upgrade in the small SUV from Honda. These are just a few examples of how much more you can get for your money in a new Subaru Crosstrek.

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Subaru Crosstrek performance specs

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Performance

The new Subaru Crosstrek has two engine options, both the powerful, reliable BOXER®. It's horizontal positioning leads to a smoother drive and it handles better thanks to its lower center of gravity. While the Honda CR-V generates more horsepower, the Crosstrek delivers its power through standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This means more solid traction on wet, icy roads and better handling in rough terrain. The CR-V comes standard with Front-Wheel Drive, and while All-Wheel Drive is an option, it will cost you more. The Subaru Crosstrek has an available X-MODE®, which helps optimize engine output for improved traction and the standard Active Torque Vectoring provides more neutral steering and higher cornering limits. You won't find these features on the Honda CR-V.


Subaru Crosstrek safety features

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Safety

Safety is something both of these vehicles take seriously and it shows. The National HIghwayTraffic Safety Administration awarded both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda CR-V an overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CR-V a Top Safety Pick but reserved the highest honor of Top Safety Pick+ for the Crosstrek. With a superior rating in every crash test, you know the Subaru Crosstrek is a vehicle that will keep you and your family safe. Standard daytime running lights and a rear view camera on both vehicles add that extra layer of confidence every time you slip behind the wheel.


Subaru Crosstrek driver assist features

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Driver Assist Features

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda CR-V are evenly-matched when it comes to driver assist features. Both come standard with Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning. They both offer a standard suite of features which include pre-collision systems. If you're coming up too quickly on the vehicle directly ahead of you, the Pre-Collision Braking can kick in, warning you and applying the brakes to help avoid an accident. Only the Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, however, features Pre-Collision Throttle Management. This feature will reduce engine power if it detects objects too near your vehicle to diminish impact force and front end damage.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Value

The Crosstrek was engineered for durability and according to Subaru, 97% of Subarus purchased in the last 10 years are still on the road. Compare that to Honda's claim that 75% of their brand is still on the road after 10 years and you'll see another reason why the Crosstrek is the best value for you. Throw in the standard All-Wheel Drive, award-winning safety, and the ability to tackle any adventure, and it's obvious why the Subaru Crosstrek should be your next crossover SUV. Not to mention the Crosstrek has a lower starting MSRP than the CR-V. We invite you to come into Byers Airport Subaru, talk to our friendly, knowledgeable staff, and take a test drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Honda CR-V
$22,245Starting MSRP*$25,350
152 or 182Horsepower190
145 or 176Torque (lb-ft)179
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
Standard (CVT Available)Manual TransmissionNot Available
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAndroid Auto™ / Apple CarPlay®Available Upgrade
Available UpgradeStarTex® Water-Repellant UpholsteryNot Available
Available UpgradeHill Descent ControlNot Available
28 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD Models)27 MPG City / 32 MPG Highway

*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.