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Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Honda HR-V in Covington LA: Crossover Competition

The subcompact crossover is one of the fastest growing segments in the auto industry and the competition is stiff. The 2021 Honda HR-V in Covington LA is a good pick, but is it as good as the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?

There are few vehicles that characterize a segment as noticeably as the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Until it came along about nine years and one generation ago, there weren't really any subcompact crossover SUVs. Now however, there's a seemingly endless supply of competitors that keep showing up, like the Honda HR-V.


Adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts have trusted Subaru for years, and still can in the Crosstrek thanks to its standard all-wheel drive on all models (except BRZ) at all trim levels. If you want AWD on a 2021 Honda HR-V in Covington LA, you'll need to add it as an option for an extra $1500. 

Capability also comes from the engine's power, and the Subaru Crosstrek delivers more horsepower (152 vs. 141 in base models) and more torque than the Honda HR-V (145 vs. 127). It also has more ground clearance at 8.7 inches, which no other rival exceeds, and a higher towing capacity (there's actually no towing capacity listed for the HR-V). So if you're looking for more adventure, the Crosstrek is the perfect little crossover and the better choice.


​​​​​​​Safety is a major priority at Subaru and when it comes to standard equipped safety/driver assist features, the Crosstrek is on top. It comes standard across all trims with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist technology, which includes lane departure/sway warning, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. The Honda Sensing suite of driver assist features isn't available until you move up to the EX trim, which is $3,000 more than the base model. Once again, the Subaru Crosstrek proves to be the better value compared to the 2021 Honda HR-V in Covington LA.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Subaru is a leader in connective technology, making the Crosstrek a great crossover for the modern 21st century driver. All models are equipped with the Subaru StarLink infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to make incorporating your Smartphone as easy as simply connecting it. A 6.5 inch touchscreen comes standard, with an 8 inch screen available. The Honda comes standard with a 5 inch touchscreen. With StarLink you can take calls, get directions, and use all your apps hands-free. To get the same features and a 7 inch screen in the Honda HR-V, once again you'll have to pay more, specifically $1700 more for the Sport trim.


Although both of these vehicles are classified as subcompact crossover SUVs, the 2021 Crosstrek has some definite advantages over the 2021 Honda HR-V in Covington LA. These include more front headroom, front leg room, and more passenger volume, which makes for a more comfortable journey when traveling with five adults. And for extra cargo space, the Subaru Crosstrek has roof rails as standard equipment, while the HR-V doesn't. 


Knowing more about how the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek compares to the Honda HR-V may have changed your mind about your next purchase. If you'd like to make an agile Crosstrek your new ride, contact us at Baldwin Subaru  to make an appointment, or just stop by at 1730 N. Highway 190 in Covington.