2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

When you're looking for a new family SUV to put in your garage, it's important to ask yourself what you're really looking for. Popular models like the Honda CR-V might seem like the obvious choice, but when you choose the smaller, more capable and more affordable Subaru Crosstrek, you can get more SUV utility and a better driving experience for less! We'll prove it to you in the side-by-side comparison below. Then come visit McKenna Subaru and see for yourself why the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a better value for life in Southern California than the 2021 Honda CR-V.

Subaru Crosstrek Profile

Size & Utility

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is based on a compact car platform, so it has city-friendly, easy-to-park proportions. It's about eight inches shorter overall than the 2021 Honda CR-V. But with a similar wheelbase length on a smaller body, the Subaru Croosstrek provides plenty of stability, generous ground clearance and impressive departure and approach angle possibilities for steep driveways and rural dirt roads.

Despite this, you still get up to 55 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek! And with standard roof rails, it's easier to carry more gear. The 2021 Honda CR-V only offers factory roof rails on the costliest trim level. You can even tow up to 1,500 pounds with a properly-equipped Crosstrek, just as much as the Honda CR-V can pull.

Subaru Crosstrek Dashboard & Console

Features & Technology

Entry-level 2021 Honda CR-V models are still burdened with a 5" non-touch multimedia display with only rudimentary Bluetooth® for connecting to your smartphone. By contrast, every 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features a 6.5" touchscreen multimedia system with convenient Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. You'll be able to mirror your favorite apps in a familiar interface right on the touchscreen. Those features will cost you extra in the already more expensive Honda CR-V.

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Subaru Crosstrek On Dirt Road


When you choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, you can choose from two different engines. The entry-level engine provides even better fuel economy than the 2021 Honda CR-V when that model is equipped with all-wheel drive! And since it's a Subaru BOXER® engine, it's packed low and wide, deep in the engine bay, for a lower center of gravity. The result is a smoother, more comfortable drive with less body roll than you might expect from a car with this amount of interior space and a higher driving position. Upgrade to the 2021 Crosstrek Sport or Limited trims and get an even bigger engine that makes almost the same amount of power as the bigger, heavier 2021 Honda CR-V!

Best of all, standard symmetrical all-wheel drive means every 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has extra toughness for tricky terrain. Like rural desert roads, dirt trails and gravel parking lots. All-wheel drive will cost you an extra $1,500 as an option on the 2021 Honda CR-V.

Subaru Crosstrek Interior


While 2021 Honda CR-V models haven't yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they gave last year's model a five-star overall safety rating. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has already earned a five-star rating yet again this model year. Similarly, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Honda CR-V both earned 2020 Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even though it's smaller, the Subaru Crosstrek will provide the same level of protection in the event of an accident.

Subaru Crosstrek Blind Spot Monitor

Driver Assistance

Both vehicles also come standard with a suite of driver assistance technologies. On the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, standard EyeSight® includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance. Similar features also come standard on the 2021 Honda CR-V. However, while both models offer optional blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, only the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is available with reverse automatic braking when equipped with rear cross-traffic alert. Automatic emergency braking in reverse isn't available on the 2021 Honda CR-V at all!

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You can save more than $3,000 compared to an entry-level 2021 Honda CR-V when you choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek instead, starting at an MSRP of $22,245. And that's $3,000 before you add other essential features to the cost of the CR-V, like touchscreen multimedia and all-wheel drive! When you need a practical family car that's smaller yet more capable than the typical family barge, consider the sleek, versatile Crosstrek at McKenna Subaru.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Honda CR-V
$22,245Starting MSRP*$25,350
152 or 182Horsepower190
145 or 176Torque (lb-ft)179
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
Standard (CVT Available)Manual TransmissionNot Available
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAndroid Auto™ / Apple CarPlay®Available Upgrade
Available UpgradeStarTex® Water-Repellant UpholsteryNot Available
Available UpgradeHill Descent ControlNot Available
28 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD Models)27 MPG City / 32 MPG Highway

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.