Both the HR-V and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.
There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.
The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Crosstrek has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Subaru.
The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek’s standard 60 series tires.
The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek.
The HR-V is 6.7 inches shorter than the Crosstrek, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The HR-V has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The Crosstrek’s rear seats don’t recline.
The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 20.8 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 55.3 cubic feet).
For greater rear passenger comfort, the HR-V has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear vents.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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