Compared: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2023 Honda HR-V

These two recently redesigned SUVs face off.

Blue 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport and gray 2023 Honda HR-V comparedSubaru | Honda


Where the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek emphasizes its capability through a tall stance, the 2023 Honda HR-V goes for a decidedly more city-friendly, low-slung look. These two crossover SUVs have similar proportions, though, and they're priced about the same.

The Crosstrek and HR-V Go Head to Head in Price

The Crosstrek is the entry point to Subaru's crossover range. The redesigned 2024 model starts at just under $27,000. With all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2023 HR-V pretty much matches that price, starting at just above $27,000. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) base model, however, cuts that figure to around $25,000. The Crosstrek can't match that, as each trim comes with standard AWD. Both can crest $30,000 with options.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport interiorSubaru

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Beats 2023 Honda HR-V in Features

Under the hood, both base models are powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, with the HR-V putting out 158 horsepower, while the Subaru Crosstrek's horizontally opposed boxer engine puts out 152 horsepower.

The Crosstrek's Sport and Limited trims get a bigger engine, a 2.5-liter powerplant with 182 horsepower. All HR-V and Crosstrek models use continuously variable automatic transmissions, as Subaru dropped the manual transmission option for the Crosstrek with this new version.

Neither is currently available with a hybrid powertrain.

The Crosstrek is more suited to off-road adventures than the Honda. While the Subaru offers marginally less storage space for camping gear — 54.7 cubic-feet, versus the HR-V's 55.1 cu-ft — it boasts greater ground clearance — 8.7 inches in the Subaru against Honda's 7.0 inches — and added capability to tow small trailers. The Crosstrek can tow up to 3,500 pounds, perfect for kayaks or a lightweight camper. Meanwhile, according to Honda, the HR-V is not designed to tow a trailer.

When it comes to cabin tech, Subaru offers its large 11.7-inch center infotainment screen as an option in the 2024 Crosstrek. A pair of 7.0-inch screens come on the base model. This is a win over the Honda, whose largest available center console screen measures only 9.0 inches diagonally.

2023 Honda HR-V cargo areaHonda

The 2023 Honda HR-V Falls Behind in Fuel Economy

The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek delivers an EPA-estimated 27/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined with the 2.0-liter engine and 26/33/29 mpg with the 2.5-liter engine.

Despite its FWD drivetrain (usually more fuel-efficient than AWD), the base 2023 HR-V fairs slightly worse than the Subaru in fuel economy tests, achieving an EPA-estimated 26/32/28 mpg. AWD notches those figures down to 25/30/27 mpg.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Brennan Sullivan
Brennan Sullivan is a writer and lifelong car fanatic. With an appreciation for all makes and models, Brennan is particularly passionate about the rich history of the automotive industry. In his spare time, he's the caretaker of a 1962 Sunbeam Alpine, and a Golden Retriever named Willow.