2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda HR-V

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda HR-V are among the most fun-to-drive compact crossovers available today. Both provide impressive power and money-saving fuel economy. Inside, they’re equipped with modern tech features and offer impressive passenger comfort. If you’re trying to decide between the two models, you’re in luck. We’ve created this side-by-side comparison to help you figure out which crossover works best for you.

2016 Crosstrek vs Honda HR-V

Power and Performance

Here, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is the clear winner. Not only is it off-road-ready, but it also tops the HR-V when it comes to overall engine output. The Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque for swift, easy acceleration. Add all-wheel drive to improve performance over slick roads and light trails. Choose between a five-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the performance you prefer.

The 2016 Honda HR-V isn’t far behind, with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 141 horses and 127 pound-feet of torque. Choose between a six-speed manual transmission and CVT. As with the Crosstrek, all-wheel drive is always an option.


When it comes to safety, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek has a substantial edge. It scored top marks in crash test and provides a wealth of high-tech features. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Crosstrek its top score of “Good.” Features like the pedestrian alert system monitor your surroundings and warn you of potential danger. The rearview camera makes backing up a snap.

Like the Crosstrek, the Honda HR-V brings you all the safety basics – including antilock disc brakes and traction and stability control. A variety of airbags, such as front seat side airbags, mitigate injury during a collision.

Passenger Comfort and Space

We like the 2016 Honda HR-V’s clean design and comfortable accommodations. Four adults fit comfortably inside the cabin, making the HR-V a great option for long commutes and road trips. For a small crossover, the HR-V interior feels incredibly tall and wide. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space with your favorite sporting goods. Flip down the rear seats for 58.8 cubes of max cargo space.

Of course, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is a close second. Its clean-cut interior design sets a stylish tone. Even very tall passengers will find plenty of head- and legroom. Behind the rear seats, there are 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Flip down the seats to create 51.9 cubes.

Modern Convenience

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek impresses with its excellent tech features. Its infotainment system sports a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with sharp graphics and intuitive menus. Connect it to your smartphone to make hands-free calls or stream your favorite playlists. The Starlink telematics system adds high-tech safety features, including automatic collision notification and an SOS button.

Like the Crosstrek, the HR-V offers modern conveniences like keyless entry and ignition. The navigation system will help you get wherever you need to go. Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity lets you link devices to the HR-V’s central system.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda HR-V

Although both the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda HR-V crossovers have a lot to offer, we prefer the Crosstrek overall. Inside, the Crosstrek is spacious and supportive. Its high-tech safety gear safeguards against danger. On the road, the Crosstrek is strong and capable. Come in and take the Crosstrek for a test drive today.