2021 Prius vs. Crosstrek Comparison

The Toyota Prius redefined the meaning of fuel economy. Japan introduced this vehicle innovation in 1997 and it was later released in the U.S. market in 2001. This vehicle was the first mass-produced hybrid even though the concept of a hybrid combustion engine + electric motor had been around since 1898. The Subaru Crosstrek debuted 12 years later in 2013 as the XV Crosstrek.

Both of these vehicles come from reliable brands, but no two cars are the same. One difference between these two is in terms of safety. All Toyota Prius sedans come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a suite of active safety features. Subaru has its own suite of safety features called Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, but it's not standard on the base trim Crosstrek or Crosstrek Premium.

Another difference is in performance. All Prius trims are hybrids with impressive fuel economy. The Prius L Eco has an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, while the base model Crosstrek has an EPA-estimated 28/33/30 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

So which one is for you? Take a look at the performance, safety, and interior features to see which car has what you need.

Publish Date: 12/09/2020

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Safety

Safety is key no matter what vehicle you drive. That's why you'll be happy to hear about all the safety features these vehicles have to offer.

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Safety

  • All grades of the 2021 Prius come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • Subaru also has its own active safety features called Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, but it's not standard on the base model Crosstrek or Premium Crosstrek.
  • The 2021 Prius LE trim comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek does have this feature available as an option on their Premium trim. It comes standard on the more expensive Limited trim.
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Performance

Subaru is well known for All-Wheel Drive capability across their models. However, the legendary hybrid Prius now has available AWD-e.

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Performance

  • With an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, the Prius L Eco can make less stops at the pump.
  • You only have an EPA-estimated mileage rating of 28/33/30 (city/highway/combined) with the Crosstrek.
  • Both the Prius and Crosstrek offer AWD, but the Prius AWD trims have better fuel economy ratings.
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Interior

Your favorite tunes can make any ride a real trip. See which of these vehicles has the connectivity options you're looking for.

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Interior

  • The Prius L Eco has a 7-in touchscreen, which is larger than the Crosstrek base trim's 6.5-inch high-resolution LCD touch-screen display.
  • In addition to a slightly smaller screen, the base trim Crosstrek also has fewer speakers than the base Prius model. The Crosstrek has four speakers. Most Prius trims have six speakers.
  • Also, while navigation is standard on the Prius Limited, navigation is only available as an option on the Crosstrek Limited.
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Conclusion: Prius vs. Crosstrek

Not only has the Prius been around longer than the Crosstrek, its hybrid technology and standard features put it a step above the competition at all trim levels.

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Conclusion: Prius vs. Crosstrek

  • With an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, the Prius L Eco outdoes the Crosstrek which has an EPA-estimated 28/33/30 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.
  • While each car has great safety features, the Toyota Prius offers Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which offers more standard active safety features on all trims.
  • The Crosstrek has a smaller touchscreen and less speakers, even on their higher trims.
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