Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Subaru Crosstrek Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Crosstrek is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the CR-V has a standard 410-amp battery. The Crosstrek’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 36 more horsepower (184 vs. 148) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (190 vs. 148) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

10.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.6 sec

18.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

79.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek:







1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy






23 city/30 hwy



1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

26 city/33 hwy


The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Crosstrek:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Crosstrek (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard 18-inch wheels. The Crosstrek’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Crosstrek.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Crosstrek Premium SE pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Crosstrek Premium (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Crosstrek Premium SE (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstrek (105.9 vs. 97.5).

The CR-V has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 22.3 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 51.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for shorter adults, the CR-V Touring has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Crosstrek’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Crosstrek can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Crosstrek’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Crosstrek’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Crosstrek offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Subaru Crosstrek by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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