A couple walking by a red Prius.


  • The Prius comes standard with more active safety features.
  • You'll need to upgrade to a more expensive Crosstrek model for comparable standard safety features.
  • Each of these competitors received the highest Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.

The 2022 Prius comes loaded with active safety features designed to help keep an eye on your surroundings and the road ahead. Standard Active Safety Features Driver Assistive technologies like the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Light up the way with Automatic High Beams (AHB), keep the pace with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and see certain signs ahead with Road Sign Assist (RSA). Based on 2021 safety specs, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is expected to have EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology available on the Crosstrek and Crosstrek Premium. For standard Pre-collision Braking System, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane departure and Sway Warning, and Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, you'd have to upgrade to the Crosstrek Sport or Limited. Additionally, High Beam Assist will only come standard on the Limited. When these active safety features were put to the test, both the 2021 Prius and 2021 Crosstrek received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A blue Prius driving down a dirt road.


  • The Crosstrek doesn't offer the excellent gas mileage of the Prius with its traditional gas-only engine.
  • Fill up less with the Prius L Eco's EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.
  • Spend less time in the shop and more time on the road with the ToyotaCare regular maintenance plan included with all new Toyotas.

With stellar MPG ratings and included factory-scheduled maintenance, the Toyota Prius can keep you going for miles to come. Push the Miles The 2022 Prius L Eco has an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, far surpassing a traditional gas engine. Simply put, the Crosstrek is no match for the Prius. The Crosstrek's fuel economy ratings haven't moved much from the previous model year, maintaining a max EPA-estimated rating up to 28/33/30 (city/highway/combined) MPG. It's impossible to take your car out for a spin if it's sitting in the shop. Know that Toyota has your Prius covered with the ToyotaCare plan. This includes factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles and Roadside Assistance for two years with unlimited mileage. Subaru does not currently offer complimentary maintenance and it’s not anticipated to provide it for the 2022 model year. Roadside assistance is included with the three-year/36,000-mile Subaru Limited Warranty. For added reassurance driving in inclement weather, choose the Prius LE and XLE AWD-e, which operates at speeds up to 43 mph. All Crosstrek models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

A woman sitting in the driver's seat of a Prius.


  • Pack it all in when you need to with the Prius' 27.4 cu. ft. of cargo space with the seats up.
  • Get keyless entry to your Prius with the standard Smart Key System.
  • Play music with ease with the help of a multitude of multimedia options in the Prius.

Take advantage of the added space, convenience features, and abundance of connectivity options that are standard in the Prius. Multimedia and Convenience The extra space that comes with a hatchback is ideal for carrying all your luggage and adventure goods. While the Crosstrek is expected to have more cargo space with the seats folded down, the Prius L Eco has a bigger 27.4 cu. ft. of cargo space with the seats up. The Crosstrek will only have 20.8 cu. ft. of space with the seats up. Hop into your car and get it started without even having to take the key out of your pocket using the Smart Key System and Push Button Start that’s standard on all Prius models. It's expected that the Crosstrek's Keyless Access with Push-Button Start feature will only be standard on the 2022 Crosstrek Sport or higher. You also get a standard 7-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility when you choose the Prius. Based on the Crosstrek's current specs page, 2022 Crosstrek drivers will likely get only four speakers, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay® Integration standard. Plus, there will be a smaller 6.5-in. touchscreen display, and no model will have the Amazon Alexa connectivity option. The largest display mentioned for the Crosstrek is 8 inches, which is miniscule in comparison to the Prius Limited's upgraded 11.6-in. touchscreen.

Conclusion: Prius vs. Crosstrek

After a closer look at the safety, performance, and interior specs of the Prius and Crosstrek, it's apparent that the 2022 Prius has more standard features for an all around great driving experience. For one, the Prius has a hybrid engine that makes the Crosstrek's MPG ratings look puny in comparison. Aside from what can be found under the hood, the 2022 Prius also has a lot to offer in terms of interior space and technology, like the standard Push Button Start and larger touchscreen display. If you're searching for a vehicle that can go the distance and also help keep you safe and entertained, the 2022 Toyota Prius is the one to do just that.

  • Choose the Prius; a car known for its fuel efficiency.
  • You'll have more cargo room with the seats up in the Prius compared to the Crosstrek.
  • The Prius allows for a larger touchscreen display upgrade than the Crosstrek, which has a maximum 8-in. display.