2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Subaru Impreza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Impreza doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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

 

CR-V

Impreza

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

39%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

247 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

237/379 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

34%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

208 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 CR-V is safer than the Subaru Impreza:

 

CR-V

Impreza

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

137

165

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

293 G’s

Hip Force

354 lbs.

400 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

363

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

715 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

824 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Impreza isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (184 vs. 152) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (190 vs. 152) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 145) than the Impreza’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Subaru Impreza (automatics tested):

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Impreza

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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 Impreza doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Honda CR-V comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Impreza.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CR-V’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Impreza:

 

CR-V

Impreza

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.9 inches

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Impreza:

 

CR-V

Impreza

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Impreza (235/65R17 vs. 205/55R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Impreza (235/65R17 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Impreza.

Suspension and Handling

The CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V flat and controlled during cornering. The Impreza base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impreza.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Impreza 2.0i Limited 5-door pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Impreza (8.2 vs. 5.1 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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 Impreza doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Impreza 5-door (105.9 vs. 100.9).

The CR-V has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom and 3.9 inches more rear legroom than the Impreza.

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

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 20.8 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Impreza 5-door with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 55.3 cubic feet).

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Impreza doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Impreza has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 Impreza doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Impreza doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Impreza 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 Impreza’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the CR-V’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Impreza’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Impreza doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Impreza 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 Impreza doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The CR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Impreza doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $504 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CR-V than the Impreza, including $111 less for a water pump, $24 less for front brake pads, $148 less for front struts and $151 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Impreza

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Impreza isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Impreza has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Impreza has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Subaru Impreza by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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