4 Advantages of 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Over Honda HR-V

Are you considering getting either the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2023 Honda HR-V? Both subcompact crossover SUVs are good choices, but the Crosstrek has some advantages in its favor. Here are four advantages that the 2023 Crosstrek has over the 2023 HR-V.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek has higher gas mileage than the 2023 Honda HR-V

Silver 2023 Subaru Crosstrek crossover SUV driving on a coastal road
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The first advantage of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek over the 2023 Honda HR-V is the Crosstrek has higher gas mileage than the HR-V. Many drivers are feeling financial pain at the pump with expensive gasoline these days. However, the high fuel economy of the Crosstreks helps alleviate this burden. 

The fully gas-powered 2023 Crosstrek has an estimated gas mileage of up to 30 mpg, compared to 28 combined mpg for the HR-V. Also, for even greater efficiency, the Crosstrek offers a plug-in hybrid model. The Crosstrek Hybrid has an estimated fuel economy of up to 35 mpg in hybrid mode and 90 MPGe in electric mode. Also, the Crosstrek Hybrid has an estimated electric-only driving range of 17 miles. 

While there’s a hybrid version of the HR-V in Europe — in the United States, only a fully gas-powered model is available.

2023 Crosstrek has better off-road capabilities than the 2023 HR-V

Gray 2023 Honda HR-V crossover SUV with sunset in the background
2023 Honda HR-V | Honda

The second advantage of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek over the 2023 Honda HR-V is the Crosstrek has better off-road capabilities than the HR-V. This is due to a few reasons. For one, an all-wheel drive system comes standard for all Crosstrek models, but it’s an optional feature for the HR-V. 

Additionally, the Crosstrek has considerably higher ground clearance than the HR-V (up to 8.6 vs. 7.3 inches). High ground clearance is helpful for driving over rugged terrain. Also, to protect the vehicle from the punishment that it takes while driving off-road, the Crosstrek has cladding on the exterior. 

Unlike the Honda HR-V, the Subaru Crosstek is rated for towing

The third advantage of the 2023 Crosstrek over the 2023 HR-V is, unlike the HR-V, the Crosstrek is rating for towing. No one will confuse the Crosstrek for being a towing powerhouse like a full-size pickup truck or SUV. However, its 1,500-pound maximum towing capability at least provides some towing capabilities. 

With a 1,500-pound towing capacity, the Crosstrek can tow such things as a flatbed trailer, a snowmobile, jet skis, an A-frame camper, a teardrop camper, a canoe, and a small aluminum boat. 

2023 Crosstrek provides more passenger space than the 2023 HR-V

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Subaru Crosstrek crossover SUV
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

The fourth advantage of the 2023 Crosstrek over the 2023 HR-V is the Crosstrek provides more passenger space than the HR-V. Both crossover SUVs can seat up to five people, but the Crosstrek has a total passenger volume of 100.9 cu-ft, compared to 98.7 cu-ft for the HR-V.

The extra passenger space makes the biggest difference for the front seats. The Crosstrek has 43.1 inches of front legroom, compared to 41.9 inches for the HR-V.

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek has advantages over the 2023 Honda HR-V for gas mileage, off-road capabilities, towing, and passenger space. When choosing between the two subcompact crossover SUVs, these are key advantages to consider.

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