Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

There's no doubt about it: compact crossover SUVs are incredibly popular. And, as with most popular things, there are a few shining examples. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is one such example. It epitomizes everything that compact crossovers should be. Taking a look at the specs of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek alone is enough to demonstrate its commitment to excellence, but it truly shines when you compare it to other compact crossovers, like the Toyota C-HR. We'll take a look at them below, and we think you'll find just why the Subaru Crosstrek reigns supreme in this segment.

Kayaks atop a Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Toyota C-HR: Design

We'll admit it: the eccentric, ultra-swoopy design of the 2020 Toyota C-HR is appealing. But it comes at the expense of actual capability. Let's take a look at roof rails, for example. Every 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with factory roof rails that make it easier to take larger gear and cargo wherever you go. The 2020 Toyota C-HR doesn't even offer these as an upgrade. Similarly, the design of the Toyota C-HR means that it has drastically less interior volume. You'll get a mere 86 cubic feet of passenger volume in the 2020 Toyota C-HR, along with 19.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That makes for 105.1 cubic feet of total interior volume. That's only slightly bigger than just the passenger volume of the Subaru Crosstrek! Choose the Crosstrek and you'll get 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, as well as 20.89 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats. If you need more cargo space and less passenger volume, folding down the rear seats of the Subaru Crosstrek yields up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Doing the same in the 2020 Toyota C-HR gets you just 37 cubic feet.

Subaru Crosstrek interior

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Toyota C-HR: Interior Features & Amenities

The greater passenger volume in the Subaru Crosstrek certainly helps make your ride more comfortable, but it's only part of the equation. The interior of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek features a number of advantages over that of the Toyota C-HR. Sure, they're both equipped with features like touchscreens and connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. But the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek also offers features like a rear cargo tray and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. These are standard on all but the entry-level Subaru Crosstrek models, but you won't find them in any 2020 Toyota C-HR.

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Subaru Crosstrek with surfboards atop its roof parked near the ocean

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Toyota C-HR: Performance

You've already seen a bit of how the Subaru Crosstrek excels, but taking control of a Crosstrek shows you even more. The BOXER® engine means that you'll get smooth and enjoyable performance, while standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivers remarkable traction. By comparison, the 2020 Toyota C-HR has an inline engine that produces less horsepower than the engine in the Subaru Crosstrek. It's also a front-wheel drive engine only. Despite this, the Toyota C-HR still gets similar gas mileage to the Subaru Crosstrek. And, if you plan on towing anything for your weekend journey, Subaru is the way to go. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek can tow up to 1,500 pounds. Toyota does not recommend using the Toyota C-HR for towing. With all of this added up, you see that the Subaru Crosstrek is a capable crossover for travel both on city streets and off-road trails, while the Toyota C-HR lags behind.

Close-up view of wheels on a Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Toyota C-HR: Safety

We mentioned the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but this feature does more than just allow the Subaru Crosstrek to travel tough trails: it also makes it safer. The traction provided by this full-time AWD system means that it's easier to stay in control of your vehicle, even in bad conditions. In addition, the Subaru Crosstrek offers extra peace of mind with the available Steering Responsive Headlights, which turn as your vehicle turns to better illuminate your line of vision. Neither of these features are available in the 2020 Toyota C-HR.

While both SUVs have been rated highly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek earned the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick award; the 2020 Toyota C-HR didn't earn any awards from the IIHS.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Toyota C-HR: Value

It's true that the Toyota C-HR does have a starting MSRP that's a little lower than that of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. But what are you really getting for your money? When you look into it, you'll see that the Subaru Crosstrek gives you much better value. With its greater interior volume, standard all-wheel drive, and other quality features, you're sure to love what the 2020 Crosstrek offers. But you don't have to take our word for it; come check out the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek for yourself at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Toyota C-HR
$22,145Starting MSRP*$21,295
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume86 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume Behind Rear Seat19.1 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Available Cargo Volume37 Cubic Feet
StandardRoof RailsNot Available from Factory
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
27 City - 33 Highway (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)27 City - 31 Highway (MPG)
AvailableReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*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.