2017 HR-V’s bold good looks.
Subcompact SUVs are wildly popular because of their car-like drivability and versatility. Honda recently entered this red-hot market segment with its HR-V, a small-factor SUV that’s big on features, flexibility, and fun.
The HR-V quickly attained success with the buying public and garnered accolades from auto industry analysts for its sharp looks, peppy performance, excellent fuel economy, premium feel, and spacious accommodations. One of the HR-V’s main competitors is Subaru’s 2017 Crosstrek. Let’s find out how the HR-V stacks up against it.
2017 Subaru Crosstrek. Photo: Subaru.com
HR-V Scores Major Style Points.
When the HR-V arrived on the scene, it immediately received praise for its sporty and contemporary appearance, with what TheCarConnection.com calls a “jazzy and playful” look. The Crosstrek, however, is showing its age with a dated exterior that TheCarConnection.com calls “…straightforward and plain.”
HR-V Offers Roomier & More Versatile Interior.
On the inside, the Honda HR-V for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers outdoes the Crosstrek by almost every measure with more room, more flexibility, and a higher level of quality materials and content. The HR-V offers more 2nd-row head and legroom, more front hip room, and more total passenger volume than its rival. And TheCarConnection.com also faults the Crosstrek for having a noisy cabin that only gets more sound-deadening insulation on its top-drawer Premium model.
Magical Versatility. Photo: automobiles.honda.com
The Crosstrek also can’t match the HR-V’s innovative versatility. You won’t find standard underseat storage in the Crosstrek. And the HR-V’s exclusive 60/40 2nd-Row Magic Seat® offers unsurpassed functionality and cargo-carrying options that put it miles ahead.
Flip both rear seats flat for Utility Mode and take advantage of the HR-V’s 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Long Mode lets you fold down both the front and rear passenger seats to fit items up to 8 feet in length. And in Tall Mode, you flip the rear seat cushion up to give you an extra 4 feet of vertical space. Plus, the HR-V’s low lift-over height makes it easy to load and unload.
Impressive Performance. Photo: automobiles.honda.com
HR-V Gets Better Fuel Economy.
The HR-V’s 1.8-liter, i-VTEC® 141 horsepower 4-cylinder engine matches up well with the Subaru’s slightly larger 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder BOXER® engine that offers just a scant 4 more horsepower. But the Crosstrek plays catch up to the HR-V, which gets up to an EPA-estimated* 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway, compared to just 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the Crosstrek.
The HR-V offers a choice of transmissions, including a snappy 6-speed manual and smooth continuously variable transmission (CVT) with available sport paddle shifters. By comparison, the Subaru provides an antiquated 5-speed manual transmission.
Nevertheless, we won’t argue that its all-wheel drive setup is top-notch, as it is designed for serious off-roading rather than urban cruising. However, the HR-V’s available AWD system is also quite capable, providing the extra traction and handling you need when you need it.
HR-V Costs Less.
Best of all, the 2017 Honda HR-V LX with manual transmission is less expensive than the comparably equipped Crosstrek 2.0i with manual transmission, with a starting MSRP that’s more than $2,000 less than the Subaru’s.
Plus, the 2016 HR-V also has the lowest 5-year cost-to-own figures in its class and was named one of the16 Best Family Cars for 2016, according to www.kbb.com. The HR-V also gets a top 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
HR-V Is The Clear Winner.
As we’ve seen, when it comes to style, value, versatility, quality, and fuel economy, the 2017 Honda HR-V SUV clearly beats the Subaru Crosstrek. Visit one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers today and take one out for a test drive. We’re sure you, too, will agree that it’s a winner.
*Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.