2021 Subaru Crosstrek VS 2022 Honda CR-V

Trying to choose between the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2022 Honda CR-V is tough. Both are popular, practical, very reliable, smaller SUVs from well-respected automobile manufacturers that have been in business for decades. Both vehicles have seating for 5, All-Wheel drive and a variety of available models and powertrains. They both have standard gasoline and hybrid engines and continuously variable transmissions. The two compact crossovers have all the latest technology, safety and driver assist features. The vehicles are very similar in size, versatile and fun to drive.

The Powertrain

One difference between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda CR-V is their powertrains. The Crosstrek has models with two standard engines and a hybrid powertrain. The lower trims have a 152 horsepower, 2.0 liter engine that produces 145 pound-feet of torque. It can work in combination with a lineartronic continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The higher trims have a 182 horsepower, 2.5 liter engine with 176 pound-feet of torque. It works with a continuously variable transmission. There is also a Crosstrek with a hybrid powertrain. It has a 2.0-liter engine and an electric component that together produce 148 horsepower and can tow 1,000 pounds. The gasoline engine powered models can tow 1,500 pounds.

The Honda CR-V can be equipped with a traditional powertrain or a hybrid one. Most models have a 190 horsepower, 1.5 liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 179 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a continuously variable transmission. Plus, it has an Eco Assist system to improve the engine's fuel efficiency and Sport mode to make it more responsive. The hybrid model of the Honda CR-V is powered by a 2.0 liter engine that together with an electric component produces an impressive 212 horsepower and is mated to a continuously variable transmission, creating a powerful eco-friendly choice. Both CR-V models can tow 1,500 pounds.


All models of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek come with all-wheel drive standard. That's one thing for which Subaru is known. For many drivers, having All-Wheel drive gives them confidence and peace of mind whether driving in winter or for cornering and improved traction in dry sandy conditions. The Honda CR--V's hybrid model has all-wheel drive as standard equipment and their non-hybrid models are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Plus, the Honda CR-V also has Hill Start Assist and most models have remote engine start to make the vehicle warm or cool when the driver gets in.


Both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2022 Honda CR-V have adequate room for 5 people to sit comfortably. The Crosstrek is 176.5 inches long and the CR-V is a little longer at 182.1 inches. The CR-V is also taller and wider. However, the Crosstrek has a little more front legroom than the CR-V, 43.1 inches to 41.3 inches. But the Honda CR-V has more space in the back than the Subaru Crosstrek, 40.4 inches to 36.5 inches. That means taller people may have more leg room sitting in the back seat of the Honda CR-V. But when it comes to ground clearance, the Crosstrek has 8.7 inches compared to the CR-V's 8.2 inches. This can be an advantage when off-roading.

Cargo Capacity

The storage space behind the second-row seats in the CR-V is 39.2 cubic feet compared to 20.8 in the Crosstrek. Lay the second row flat and the Honda CR-V has a maximum storage room of 75.8 cubic feet. When the second row of the Subaru Crosstrek is laid flat, the total cargo space is 55.3 cubic feet. Both the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek have 60/40 split rear bench configurations that make it easy to flip down either just one side of the seat or the whole seat to create more cargo room.


Both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2022 Honda CR-V have excellent communication and infotainment technology, something modern travelers demand to stay connected, informed and entertained while on the road. The lower trims of the Subaru Crosstrek have a 6.5 inch touchscreen that gives them easy access to their infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM and Wi-Fi. The higher trims have eight inch touchscreens, all the mentioned systems, plus, navigation, as well as a premium sound system available. The base model Honda CR-V doesn't have a touchscreen. Instead it has a five-inch LCD screen. Plus, it has Bluetooth and Pandora capability. All other trims get a seven-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the HondaLink communication system. The top trims have a hot sound system, navigation and wireless charging as standard features.


The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has some excellent safety components and driver-assistance technology as part of its EyeSight Driver Assist package. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane centering, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking. The higher trims have automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, rear cross-traffic detection and blind-spot monitoring. The 2022 Honda CR-V has several driver-assistance and standard safety systems. They are automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, cross-traffic monitoring and blind-spot monitoring.

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The 2022 Honda CR-V and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek are comfortable compact crossovers that look great, have powerful engines and hybrid options, are the ideal size for both individuals and families, offer responsive handling and a smooth, enjoyable ride. They both have all the key safety and driver assistance features, they receive high marks from both the NHTSA and the IIHS and consistently get rave reviews. One thing you should consider when trying to decide which is the better value is the price. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has amazing value. Visit Granite Subaru, browse their extensive inventory and you are sure to be able to find the Subaru Crosstrek that's just right for you.