What Are the Differences Between the Honda HR-V and the CR-V?

What Are the Differences Between the Honda HR-V and the CR-V?

The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular SUV crossovers in the US. The Japanese firm has introduced Honda HR-V which is of similar size and looks and people often get confused between the two. To make things easy for you, we have prepared a list of differences between the Honda HR-V and the CR-V. 


The Honda HR-V comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Sport and Touring. The Honda CR-V comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The body and dimensions of all variants are the same. The only difference is the addition or replacement of specific features. The higher variants get the most comfort, convenience and safety features. 

Engine and Fuel Economy

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generating 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque propel the HR-V. It is paired with continuously paired continuously variable transmission and offers a fuel economy of 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. 

The CR-V comes with a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. The fuel economy offered by the CR-V engine is slightly better which stands at 28 MPG city/34 MPG highway. 


The HR-V and CR-V share several design cues but are still distinguishable. The HR-V is smaller in size and has a sporty look. The vertical door handle in HR-V helps in easy differentiation between two. On the other hand, CR-V is slightly larger in size. It is more upright in proportions and has a mature look. Other design differences between two come in the form of headlights. The HR-V features pointed rear headlights while the CR-V has “L” shaped rear headlights. 

Passenger and Cargo Space

The wheelbase of HR-V and CR-V is 102.8 inches and 104.8 inches respectively. Hence there is not much difference in the cabin space offered by both crossovers. The HR-V offers passenger space of 100.1 cubic feet while CR-V offers 105.9 cubic feet. The cargo space in HR-V is 24.3 cubic feet with the seats up and 58.8 cubic feet with rear seats down. The CR-V offers cargo space of 39.2 cubic feet with rear seats up and 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded flat down. 


The interior of the HR-V appeals to most people. The cabin is roomy and the design is simple and attractive. Honda has used high-quality materials in cabin construction and you will never feel comfort has been sacrificed for style. In fact, you get both. On the other hand, the interior of CR-V is more luxurious with soft-touch materials. Inside the HR-V and CR-V, a 160-watt Audio system with four speakers is offered as standard with the option of 180 watts audio system with six speakers in higher variants


Both crossovers have similar safety features. The CR-V gets some additional intelligent safety features like an i-SRS airbag system for front passengers and HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency response system. 

No two cars are the same even if they come from the same car manufacturer. The differences mentioned in the post will help you choose the right car between two.