Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V


If your latest escapades will see you travelling down the roads of Parsippany, Wayne, or Morristown, or even heading off-road for a spell, you may want a small crossover for the job. At Paul Miller Subaru, we want to help you find the right one.

That's why we've put together this Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda CR-V comparison. In it, you can learn exactly what these small Subaru and Honda SUVs bring to the table, and evaluate your options. Want to learn even more? Drop us a line today!

Crosstrek vs CR-V: Performance

Whether you're on- or off-road, the Crosstrek's standard symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD) is advantageous. Unlike the CR-V's available AWD system, symmetrical AWD in the Crosstrek sends power to all four wheels all the time-not just when slippage occurs. It's also perfectly balanced between right and left sides, ensuring better balance and more control.

SUV Technology Features

The Subaru Crosstrek and Honda CR-V help you stay connected on the go with a standard USB port in the center console, so you can plug in your phone and keep it charged wherever you go. Bluetooth® wireless technology is also a staple of both rides, so you can make calls or stream music, hands-free.

But, if you want an infotainment system with all the bells and whistles, the Crosstrek may be a better bet. Its base Subaru STARLINK™ system uses a 6.5-inch touchscreen (8-inch is available) with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. You can pair up your smartphone with the screen and use your favorite apps.

While the CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, they don't come standard in the base trim, as in the Crosstrek. You'll have to upgrade to the available 7-inch touchscreen to use them. Plus, the base display screen is a bit on the small side-just 5 inches-and it lacks touchscreen capabilities.

Crossover Exterior: Features & Functions

When it comes to the visual appeal of the Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda CR-V, the Subaru really hits it out of the park. The Crosstrek is most distinctive for its black plastic cladding and tall ride height, along with a chunky roof rack. The CR-V has its own signature cues, like that bold front end and aggressive haunches. Unfortunately, its lack of a standard roof rack means it falls behind the Crosstrek as far as practicality.

And if you are headed off-road, you'll like the 8.7 inches of ground clearance in the Crosstrek. That'll help it conquer brush, sharp rocks, and uneven terrain with confidence. The CR-V gets less-just 7.8 inches with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) and 8.2 inches with available AWD.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: The Verdict

So, now that we've taken a closer look, which small crossover seems like a better match for you? In a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2019 Honda CR-V head-to-head, these two rides make a solid case for themselves.

But if you want ruggedness and off-roading practicality, along with plenty of standard technology features, the Crosstrek may be a good fit. Experience it yourself by scheduling a test drive at Paul Miller Subaru, your dealer proudly serving Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown! 

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