What Are the Differences Between the Honda CR-V and Honda HR-V? (Explained!)


If you are looking for a reliable crossover vehicle, Honda is the way to go! But with both the CR-V and HR-V options, which one is best for you, and what are the differences between the two?

The Honda CR-V is different from the Honda HR-V because the CR-V has more space and larger dimensions, a stronger horsepower engine, more features, and is more expensive. The Honda HR-V is smaller, easier to maneuver, and less expensive, but gets the same gas mileage as the Honda CR-V.

Both the Honda CR-V and HR-V are great cars, but you will want to know the specifics about the designs, engine performances, sizes, features, and price of each car to know which one is best for you. Here are the main differences from each category:

Looks/Design

Both of these crossovers have a sporty design that comes in a variety of colors. As far as looks and design go, one of the biggest differences is that the HR-V has a feature called the Magic Seat. This is a seat that can maneuver to fold backward or upwards to accommodate your travel needs.

The CR-V is compact, which makes it look a little bit longer and slimmer than the HR-V. Because of the HR-V’s subcompact style, it is shorter, yet both cars are sleek and attractive on the road.

The HR-V has a more traditional Honda look and has paddle shifters, while the CR-V is slightly more sporty and modern.

The interior quality of both cars is well-made, but the CR-V has more space and more places to store small items near the dash area of the car. The HR-V is focused more on function than looks when it comes to interior design, but for a subcompact car, the HR-V cabin is well-built.

Engine/Performance

Whether you are looking for an everyday day car that takes you to work in the city, long road trips on the highway, or into the mountains for recreation, these cars are sure to perform. Here are the slight differences and some similarities for the HR-V and CR-V:

The 190-horsepower of the CR-V comes from a 1.5 four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This makes for faster acceleration and more power. This is good for getting efficiently on and off of highway ramps and provides extra power for towing. The CR-V also has all-wheel drive.

The HR-V has a 141-horsepower engine that comes from a 1.8 four-cylinder. While still powerful, it does not have as much power as the CR-V and has a slower acceleration rate.

While the CR-V has a higher horsepower than the HR-V, both cars get the same miles per gallon. They get 34 mpg on the highway and 28 in the city. This is quality gas mileage for both of these fuel-effiecent cars.

Despite having a less powerful engine, the HR-V is easier to maneuver. It is a better car for city driving where it is needed for smaller places and many stops and starts at traffic lights. This car may have a harder time on the highway than the CR-V, especially when loaded with cargo and passengers.

Size/Dimensions

While both cars are known for being very comfortable, the Honda HR-V tends to be more compact than the CR-V. The CR-V has more space and is a larger car in general. The dimensions of the two cars are shown in the chart below.

Honda CR-VHonda HR-V
Ground Clearance8.2 inches7.3 inches
Length189 inches169 inches
Width73 inches69.7 inches
Height 66.5 inches63.2 inches
Wheel-Base104.7 inches102.8 inches

The Honda CR-V is bigger in all of the categories for dimensions. This car has more space on the inside for cargo and has a larger trunk. This is something to consider when picking your car and the main use that you will have for it. The ground clearance is slightly higher for the CR-V, it is longer, taller, only sighter wider, and has a bigger wheelbase.

These cars look very similar at first glance, but those small differences change the dynamics of the car and what its best uses are. They make a big enough difference for some to notice, while others are content with either set of dimensions.

Technology

Technology makes driving safer and more enjoyable. These cars differ in technology features. Here are what each car is equipped with and what it can do:

CR-V:

  • Push start button
  • Electric parking brake
  • Heated seats
  • Electronic seat adjustment
  • 7-inch touch screen
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Blind spot information system
  • Cross-traffic monitor
  • Rearview camera

These features offer many different options for entertainment and comfort when driving, while not sacrificing style and space. The safety features on this car will help you when backing in and out of parking lots and will keep you safe when changing lanes and waiting for through traffic.

HR-V:

  • Push start button
  • Electric parking brake
  • Heated front seats
  • Climate control
  • Magic seat
  • Illuminated trim
  • Advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure
  • Bluetooth
  • 4 speaker stereo
  • 5 inch LCD screen
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane watch

This car is very safe, especially with its ACE body structure. It enhances passenger safety and crashes compatibility in frontal collisions. It has lane protection and is also very comfortable with features to keep you warm and entertained. This car does not have the same screen features as the CR-V, but is more simplistic.

The CR-V typically has higher-technology features, but both are designed to make driving and exploring more enjoyable and provide safety when on the road.

Price

When it comes to price, the Honda HR-V definitely takes first place. This car is cheaper than the Honda CR-V. Depending on the year and condition, prices may vary.

Below are estimations for the cost of each car. These differences are due to the features and size differences between the cars. If price is a determining factor in which car you are looking to drive, the Honda HR-V is the most suited to your budget.

Honda CR-V: $25,000-$28,000

Honda HR-V: $21,000-$24,000

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Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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