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

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-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 and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

 

HR-V

Crosstrek

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

28%

Neck Stress

244 lbs.

337 lbs.

Neck Compression

5 lbs.

76 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

33/136 lbs.

338/730 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

205

294

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

244 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

109 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

 

HR-V

Crosstrek

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

158 G’s

212 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

358 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

650 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches

Hip Force

799 lbs.

1048 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 71 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Crosstrek has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the HR-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

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda HR-V is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (manual transmissions tested):

 

HR-V

Crosstrek

Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.3 MPH

81.5 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda HR-V is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):

 

HR-V

Crosstrek

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

10.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

29.1 sec

30.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.8 sec

10.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.8 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

80 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Crosstrek:

 

HR-V

Crosstrek

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Crosstrek Premium SE pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Crosstrek Premium (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek.

The HR-V is 6.1 inches shorter than the Crosstrek, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the Crosstrek Premium SE (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The HR-V has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstrek (100.1 vs. 97.5).

The HR-V has .9 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The Crosstrek’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 22.3 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 51.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Crosstrek’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Crosstrek, including $284 less for a water pump, $9 less for an alternator, $13 less for front brake pads, $90 less for fuel injection, $106 less for a fuel pump, $63 less for front struts, $160 less for a timing belt/chain and $28 less for a power steering pump.

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