2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Its Competition

2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Subaru Crosstrek can be misunderstood for a hatchback car, but it definitely competes against a variety of crossover and SUV models Those range from Mitsubishi's smallest offering, the Outlander Sport, to the car-like MINI Cooper Countryman.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport struggles with cabin refinement, like the Crosstrek, but it doesn't offer the range of active-safety features the Subaru does.

The new Jeep Renegade matches pretty well in size and also has car-based roots, while the aging Jeep Compass and Patriot are slightly roomier though not quite as efficient.

The Mini Cooper Countryman is sportier, although its ride is rather harsh and its package isn't as versatile as you might think.

And the Honda HR-V is the newcomer in this segment; it has better cabin refinement than the Crosstrek, but it doesn't offer any sort of Hybrid model like the Crosstrek.

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Quick Specs
If you thought about an SUV but really just want a maneuverable small car with good gas mileage and all-wheel drive, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is all you need and nothing you don't.
The 2016 Honda HR-V smartly trades a little of the Fit's fuel economy for exuberant styling, more headroom, and optional all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Jeep Compass is a competent, bargain-priced, and generally well-equipped small crossover; but it's lacking in the tech and safety areas.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade has something to please both off-roaders and commuters, but its performance can seem dull compared to its engaging styling.
The 2016 Mini Counryman retains a fair amount of the Mini character and fun-to-drive spirit, but a growing crop of small crossovers give it more competition than ever.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn't as refined inside as it looks from its exterior, but it maneuvers well and offers a surprising amount of functional space.
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All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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