Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V

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, Automotive Editor - May 21, 2018

Honda, like other automakers that have been in the industry for numerous years, has a robust lineup that covers nearly every inch of the industry. If you're looking for a subcompact or compact SUV, Honda has two great offerings to explore: the HR-V and CR-V. Both vehicles have a high-up seating position and a spacious cargo area. The larger vehicle, the CR-V, offers more of the latter while being just as fuel-efficient and value-packed as its smaller brethren. Which one of Honda's SUVs should you go with? Read below to find out.

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What the HR-V Gets Right

As a subcompact, the HR-V is the ideal size, measuring in as a smaller offering than the compact CR-V. Thanks to its chassis, which the HR-V gets from the Fit, it's maneuverable and easy to drive, making it a good choice for urbanites. It also comes packed with a lengthy list of standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, air conditioning, and Bluetooth.

Since the HR-V is smaller, the subcompact SUV is the more affordable option. The 2018 Honda HR-V starts at $20,665, including destination. The entry-level 2018 CR-V carries a price tag of $25,245. The $4,580 difference between the two SUVs is a large one. Moving up to the range-topping HR-V costs $26,135, which is only $890 more than the entry-level CR-V.

What the CR-V Gets Right

The CR-V may be a bigger SUV and have a more powerful engine, but the machine manages to get the same fuel-economy figures as the smaller, more compact HR-V. The 190-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the CR-V is rated to get 28 miles per gallon city and 34 mpg highway. The HR-V has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that generates 141 hp. Surprisingly, the subcompact gets the same exact fuel economy figures as the CR-V, which makes it a victory for the larger vehicle.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the CR-V takes the easy win. The larger SUV has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in place, and that figure expands to 17 more cubic feet behind the front seats. Moving up from the cargo area, the CR-V has a more spacious interior that measures in at 102.9 cubic feet – 2.9 cubic feet more than the HR-V.

Is a Bigger Car Worth the Extra Money?

The comparison between two of Honda's more popular vehicles boils down to the size of the vehicle you want. The subcompact HR-V is easier to drive, but it requires sacrificing interior space. Drivers routinely traveling in cities will appreciate the more compact size of the HR-V, while the CR-V is a better choice for families, long-distance cruisers, and frequent vacationers.

Our Verdict: Honda CR-V

If the CR-V's price isn't too steep, it's worth the extra money. Thanks to a more spacious interior, similar fuel efficiency, and excellent value, the CR-V is the vehicle we recommend going with.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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