2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

When looking for a small, nimble, and efficient car that's also great for weekend camping trips and other getaways, the compact crossover SUV is a popular choice. We can think of no two brands better known for reliable quality than Subaru and Toyota. So, how does the new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek compare to the Toyota C-HR? Below we compare these two attractive and popular crossovers. Once you have a better idea of the many advantages that come with the new Subaru Crosstrek, come experience it yourself without the typical dealership hassle and pressure. At McKenna Subaru, we want to show you a better way to shop for your next new car.

Subaru Crosstrek rear cargo space

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Size & Convenience

While these crossovers each present their own eye-catching style, it's what's behind the looks that counts. Sep inside these models, and you'll immediately start to notice some big differences. If the 2021 Toyota C-HR feels a bit small inside, that's because it gives you just 86 cubic feet of passenger space. Behind the rear seat, you get a reasonable 19.1 cubic feet of cargo space or fold the rear seat down to max out at 37 cubic feet. That might be OK for college dorm life, but the Subaru Crosstrek offers a lot more for about the same money.

Passengers and driver of a new Subaru Crosstrek are sure to find comfort in 100.9 cubic feet for up to five occupants. Behind the rear seat is a generous 20.8 cubic feet or fold the rear seats flat, and you'll have a much more convenient 55.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. If that's still not quite enough, roof rails are also standard on the new Subaru Crosstrek, and that means the sky is the limit for your cargo option -- or, at least the clearance of the next bridge.

New Subaru Crosstrek navigation screen

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Features & Connectivity

It's no surprise that these crossover SUVs are equipped standard with modern touchscreen multimedia systems that connect seamlessly to most smartphones. The entry level Toyota C-HR does have a slightly larger touchscreen than its counterpart from Subaru, but the big difference here isn't what you might expect. The multimedia systems in modern cars can be immensely complicated to navigate, but the Subaru STARLINK® is different. It's earned independent industry recognition for one of the most intuitive systems of its kind. What's more, we're always here to help make sure your phone is pared and that you know your new Subaru systems top to bottom at McKenna Subaru. Come see us to learn more.

Browse our entire Crosstrek inventory in Huntington Beach, CA
Get special savings on a new Subaru in Huntington Beach, CA
New Subaru Crosstrek on dirt trail with bicycles on roof

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Performance

While the folks over on the Toyota lot may prefer to discuss details like how many speakers the entry-level C-HR comes with, the difference in performance puts these crossover SUVs in different leagues. You see, every Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel drive. That not only makes it safer when reacting to surprises on Southern California roads, it's also far more capable than the front-wheel drive Toyota C-HR, which doesn't offer AWD as an option. You'll have the option of a manual or automatic transmission in the new Subaru Crosstrek where the Toyota C-HR is only available with an automatic gearbox.

A comfortable 152 horsepower from the flat Subaru BOXER® engine motivates the Crosstrek, or you can upgrade to the larger engine and take control of 182 horsepower. The best you'll get from any Toyota C-HR from the factory is 144 horsepower from a traditional inline engine. Even with more power and standard AWD drive, the new Subaru Crosstrek still outperforms the Toyota C-HR in fuel economy. This is just a brief preview of the performance advantages that come with a new Subaru Crosstrek. Come ask us about others like standard active torque vectoring, four-wheel independent raised suspension, and available features like Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® traction optimization.

Heated side mirror with blind spot indicator on a Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota C-HR: Safety

These crossover SUVs may be considered small, but we're proud to report that they're both recognized among the safest cars by the industry authorities at the IIHS and the NHTSA. When equipped with an automatic transmission, both models also come equipped with driver assistance technology that includes pre-collision braking, lane keeping, and adaptive cruise control. However, there are a few advantages offered by the Subaru Crosstrek, including available Reverse Automatic Braking and steering-responsive LED headlights.

Browse our entire Crosstrek inventory in Huntington Beach, CA
Get special savings on a new Subaru in Huntington Beach, CA


So, which of these popular compact crossover SUVs is right for you? If you just look at the starting MSRP of each model, it may seem like $21,595 for a 2021 Toyota C-HR saves you a few bucks from the $22,245 price tag that the new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek starts with. However, take a quick look at all that you're getting for your money, from much more interior space to standard all-wheel drive and better fuel economy, it's clear that the new Subaru Crosstrek is a better option for your next car. Check out our updated special offers and come let us show you just how easy it is to drive home in a new car at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Toyota C-HR
$22,245Starting MSRP*$21,545
152Standard Horsepower144
182Max Available Horsepower144
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
28 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
1,500 lbsMaximum Towing CapacityTowing Not Recommended
36.5"Rear Legroom31.7"
55.3 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume37.0 Cubic Feet
AvailableManual TransmissionNot Available
Aluminum AlloyStandard WheelsSteel

*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.