Midsize SUVs offer the adaptability and preparedness to be ready for anything. Your daily commute, shopping trips downtown, and forays into the open wilderness can all be done with a capable ride. There are plenty of options out there, so it's important to research them to determine which one is right for you.

Whether your adventures take you through Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, Massachusetts, or down roads less traveled, a crossover SUV may be what you need. This 2022 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Honda CR-V comparison walks you through two popular vehicles in the segment. See how they fare in a head-to-head matchup!

From performance to cabin technology, we'll cover it all. Discover which SUV best serves your needs and drop us a line at Ira Subaru to learn more.

Crosstrek vs CR-V: Engineered to Last

Your next road trip demands an SUV engineered to withstand the elements. The 2022 Crosstrek and the CR-V are crossover vehicles built on car-based platforms. Both include next-generation, high-strength steel body structures designed with durability, rigidity, and a smoother drive in mind.

Only the 2.0L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine, however, uses a horizontal layout for natural balance and a low center of gravity. Keep in mind, too, that only the Crosstrek has standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to offer more balance and traction.

This Subaru-exclusive technology provides an intense amount of control so you can dominate the road, whether it's paved or natural. The CR-V only offers all-wheel drive as an available option.

While both SUVs drive smoothly on the roads, the Crosstrek has features that make light off-roading easier. Available Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® help you stay in control on low-friction surfaces.

If you plan on taking your adventures off the beaten path, then the Subaru Crosstrek is an easy choice to make. You can take on more obstacles and difficult terrain in this capable and well-performing vehicle.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: MPG

An efficient SUV makes adventures more appealing. Thankfully, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda CR-V fare well in this respect. You can take long road trips with fewer stops at the pump and make your commute greener as well.

The base Honda CR-V, when equipped with all-wheel-drive and a CVT, earns an EPA-estimated 27 city/32 highway MPG. In the same configuration, the base Subaru Crosstrek sees an EPA-estimated 28 city/33 highway MPG.* Their engines are tuned to make efficient use of fuel at any speed.

When you're out looking for the next exciting destination, you'll want to save time and leave the gas station behind. The Subaru Crosstrek even has an available hybrid engine to be more eco-friendly and take you farther. The Crosstrek Hybrid achieves a stunning EPA-estimated 90 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent), so you can cruise more and pull over less.*

Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Top-Shelf Technology

For many drivers, infotainment makes the world go 'round. It's your escape from the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way home from work. It's how you stay connected to your favorite people from the road. It's an easy way to access the best your smartphone offers as you drive.

The SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia system and its Honda counterpart offer the advanced features you want most. From touchscreen interfaces to features such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, it has never been easier to stay connected on the road.

However, only the 2022 Crosstrek makes the above features standard. While the 2022 CR-V offers them, you'll need to upgrade beyond the base trim to experience them.

Additionally, the Honda CR-V comes standard with a 5-inch display for you to use, but it isn't a touchscreen. When it comes to safely using these technologies, bigger is better.

A larger screen makes these features easier to use. The Subaru Crosstrek has a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen to house these systems, so you can use them responsibly.

The Crosstrek also offers an available 8-inch SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system to bring these systems to life even more. The largest available screen on the CR-V still falls short at only seven inches in size.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Honda CR-V: Exterior Dimensions

Whether you plan on navigating tight city streets or trekking through nature to find a great spot to set up camp, size matters. If you want to get around these areas safely and confidently, you'll need a sleek vehicle to get through the gaps. When these two model are put head to head, you can see how the Crosstrek and the CR-V stack up against each other:


Subaru Crosstrek

Honda CR-V


176.5 inches

182.1 inches


71 inches

73 inches


63.6 inches

66.5 inches


104.9 inches

104.7 inches

The larger overall size of the CR-V may be a drawback if you plan on taking your adventure into busy towns or off the road. Meanwhile, the Subaru Crosstrek is made for exploring all types of areas. You already know you can go off-road in the Crosstrek, but you can fit into narrower places as well to see what's out there waiting to be uncovered.

Crosstrek vs CR-V: Staying Safe on the Road

Once you're settled in with friends and family for the ride, safety becomes the top priority. Driver-assistive technologies are your way to stay alert and aware of whatever the road has in store.

The Subaru Crosstrek features EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology to help keep you safe in a variety of conditions. Here are the systems you'll have in every Crosstrek model:

  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

While the Honda CR-V offers comparable technology for lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control, sway warning and throttle management are uniquely Subaru. These added bonuses make the Crosstrek both sporty and safe for your drives.

Should I Buy the Subaru Crosstrek or Honda CR-V?

Are you ready to hit the roads of Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, MA, in your next new crossover SUV? The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and the Honda CR-V are smooth performers with impressive efficiency in any situation.

However, the Crosstrek rises above when it comes to cabin technology and off-road performance. The standard raised roof rails are a nice touch, too! Feel free to contact our team or stop by Ira Subaru to take a test drive of this incredible Subaru SUV.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.

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