2023 Honda HR-V vs. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Comparison

The 2023 Honda HR-V and 2023 Subaru Crosstrek both prove you can have outsize features and capability in a small package. Both of these subcompact SUVs have distinct attributes while also bringing notable differences. Let’s compare both to see which of these small SUVs is right for you.

2023 Honda HR-V

2023 Honda HR-V near boats

The Honda HR-V is all-new for this year and is now in its second generation. It’s received a stylish and mature design overhaul, more room, and a fresh injection of technology. Pricing starts at $23,650.

Honda HR-V Highlights

Sophisticated interior: In addition to a grown-up exterior design, this second-gen HR-V now boasts a sleek and sophisticated cabin that belies this model’s status as Honda’s least-expensive SUV. Yes, this latest HR-V has lost the former’s flexible “Magic Seat,” but it’s gained a new sense of gravitas.

Fresh tech: Even a base 2023 HR-V includes a crisp 7-inch touchscreen, whereas the Subaru’s base unit is smallish at 6.5 inches. The EX-L model packs a larger 9-inch unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also on board that top trim is wireless phone charging, which makes life all the more convenient.

Active noise cancellation: This standard feature may not seem like much at first, but after hours on the road and years of ownership, the simple pleasure of less noise making its way into the cabin brings priceless peace of mind. Call it addition by subtraction.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the HR-V models for sale near you.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Subaru Crosstrek in blue.

Subaru’s smallest and least-expensive entry carries its brand’s appetite for adventure and even a couple of powertrain surprises. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

All-wheel drive: We can’t mention Subaru without mentioning all-wheel drive (AWD). Unlike its rivals, including the HR-V, every Crosstrek has AWD standard. Combined with the Crosstrek’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance, it brings added confidence when tackling weather-battered roads or dusty dirt trails.

Choice of powertrains: The Crosstrek offers three engine choices and two transmission options. Higher-trim Crosstrek models boast a more potent 182-horsepower heart, while the Crosstrek Hybrid is actually a plug-in hybrid that can trek 17 miles on battery power alone.

PIN code access: If your adventures mean the key fob is better left in the car — when surfing, for example — this feature allows you to lock the Crosstrek and regain access by entering a personalized code via an exterior button. It’s standard on Sport, Limited, and Hybrid models, and optional on the Premium trim.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Crosstrek models for sale near you.


Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, interior space, price, warranty.


The Honda HR-V is the fresher of these two rivals and carries a more modern design and upscale attitude. The Subaru Crosstrek is the more adventurous one with a rugged persona, standard AWD, and a choice of powertrains. Which one is right for you depends on your needs and personality.

2023 Honda HR-V
2023 Subaru Crosstrek
Starting Price $23,650 $23,645
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 158 hp @ 6,500 rpm 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission CVT automatic 6-speed manual
Fuel Economy 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg 22 city/29 highway/25 combined mpg
Also Available AWD 2.5-liter 4-cyl; CVT auto; PHEV
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.5 inches 104.9 inches
Overall Length 179.8 inches 176.5 inches
Width 72.4 inches 71.0 inches
Height 63.4 inches 63.6 inches
Turning Diameter 35.1 feet 35.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.4 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 41.9 inches 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.7 inches 36.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.6 inches 56.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.2 inches 55.6 inches
Cargo Volume 24.4/55.1 cubic feet 20.8/55.3 cubic feet

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