Honda HR-V Vs. Honda CR-V

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

The Honda CR-V and Honda HR-V offer buyers plenty of room without all the heft and bulk of your typical. These all crossovers, while similar, have much different target clients as the Honda CR-V offers a larger body and more interior room, while the HR-V is more compact and ready to tackle tight city traffic. Which is better for your Rochester area family? Find out below.

Exterior

Though they are related by brand, the 2019 Honda HR-V and 2019 Honda CR-V don’t share much in terms of styling. The HR-V is a subcompact crossover based on the Honda Fit platform, so its proportions and styling is more tailored toward a younger crowd.

The Honda CR-V boasts a more mature look with its flatter front fascia, less swoopy roofline, and upright rear hatch. This makes the compact CR-V a more appropriate choice for more established buyers who prefer not to stand out in a college dorm parking lot. Some may find this look a little too vanilla, but it is right up the alley for our older buyers with families.

As a subcompact crossover, the 2019 Honda HR-V is significantly smaller than the CR0V in every measurement. This makes it easier to maneuver through rush hour traffic and park in tight spaces, but it also robs it of interior room.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Honda CR-V Difference
Length 170.4 inches 180.6 inches -10.2 inches
Width 69.8 inches 73 inches -3.2 inches
Height 63.2 inches 66.1 to 66.5 inches -3.3 to -2.9 inches
Wheelbase 102.8 inches 104.7 inches -1.9 inches
Ground Clearance 6.7 to 7.3 inches 7.8 to 8.2 inches -0.5 to -1.5 inches
Curb weight 2,906 to 3,150 pounds 3,307 to 3,397 pounds -404 to -247 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Same basic features for less money
  • Creative looks
  • Smaller and easier to manage

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • LArger footprint with roomier cabin
  • More refined and grown-up looks

Interior

Inside, the Honda HR-V takes on the more reserved approach with plenty of black plastic and rubber throughout, especially in its base LX trim. As you move up the trim levels, some chrome accents arrive, a more robust infotainment comes in, and electrostatic touch buttons take over the climate controls, adding a little class to it.

Though the HR-V attempts to keep up with the CR-V, it cannot hang in the higher trim levels. The CR-V simply gets way too many premium features, like wood trim and soft leather upholstery, for the HR-V to compete.

In terms of tech features, the CR-V and HR-V are similar in most trim levels. Both have just the bare minimum in their base LX trims, but they add more advanced features like larger touchscreens, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, higher-powered audio systems, and more. But as you climb higher into the trim levels, the CR-V hits levels the HR-V cannot touch, including a 330-watt audio system and a power liftgate.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Honda CR-V Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 40.1 inches -0.6 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41.3 inches -0.1 inches
Front shoulder room 56.8 inches 57.9 inches -1.1 inches
Front hip room 53.1 inches 55.1 inches -2 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 39.2 inches -0.9 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 40.4 inches -1.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.5 inches 55.6 inches -1.1 inches
Rear hip room 47.4 inches 49.5 inches -2.1 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet 37.6 to 39.2 cubic feet -16 to -13.3 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 55.9 to 58.8 cubic feet 75.8 cubic feet -19 to -17 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Standard interior features match the CR-V
  • Plenty of bang for your buck

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Quiter, smoother ride
  • Much roomier cabin
  • Higher luxury ceiling

Performance

Performance and small SUVs don’t mix well, and this rings true for the 2019 HR-V and 2019 CR-V. The HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a continuously variable transmission. Buyers can get it with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. This adds up to an 8.6-second 0-to-60 time.

The CR-V’s standard 2.4-liter engine pumps out a ton more power than the HR-V’s powertrain, making is 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph. With its optional 1.5-liter turbo engine, the power jumps by 6 horsepower and its peak torque kicks in much lower in the rev band, resulting in an even quicker 7.6-second 0-to-60 time.

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Better handler
  • Slight fuel economy advantages

Advantage: 2019 Honda CR-V

  • Quicker to 60 mph

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda HR-V is available in five trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $20,520 to $28,540.

 

The four trims that make up the 2019 Honda CR-V lineup include the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Their starting prices range from $24,250 to $32,750.

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520***

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Halogen projector-beam headlights with auto-off
  • LED brake lights
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down driver’s window
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Floor mats
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Chrome door pulls
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row Magic Seat
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • One front 1-amp USB port
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines

 

Sport: $22,220***

  • All LX features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust finisher
  • Fog lights
  • Gloss-black underbody spoiler
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob
  • One front 1.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text message function
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

 

EX: $23,720***

  • All LX features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Unique 17-inch silver-painted wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust finisher
  • Fog lights
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Power door locks
  • Heated front seats
  • One front 1.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch

 

EX-L: $25,320***

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating

 

Touring: $28,540***

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with Gloss Shark Gray insert
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • Compass

2019 Honda CR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $24,350***

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold
  • Electric power steering
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power mirrors
  • Active grille shutters
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-off
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Black-color door handles
  • Black roofline spoiler
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s side
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Instrument-panel-mounted gear shifter
  • Conversation mirror with sunglasses holder
  • Floor mats
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo-area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 160-four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora
  • One 1-amp USB port in center console
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Multi-angle rearview mirrors with guidelines

 

EX: $27,250***

  • All LX features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Remote engine start
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Auto-on/-off headlights
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Security system
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Fog lights
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in center console
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SiriusXM
  • SMS text messaging function
  • 2.5-amp USB ports in second row
  • Honda LaneWatch

 

EX-L: $29,750***

  • All EX features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink Remote System
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system

 

Touring: $32,750***

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Dual chrome exhaust exits
  • Navigation
  • 330-watt premium nine-speaker audio system with a subwoofer

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V

The smaller Honda HR-V is not for everyone, but it hits a sweet spot with its lower prices and surprisingly large rear seats. Plus, with its Magic Seat second row, you can fold the rear seats and open a surprisingly large cargo area. This makes it perfect for a younger buyer looking to save money without sacrificing space or features.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda CR-V?

Got a growing family and need all the space you can get? If so, the 2019 Honda CR-V is the better pick for you thanks to its roomier rear seat and huge cargo area.

 

Whether you think the 2019 Honda CR-V or 2019 Honda HR-V is better for you, head down to Garber Honda serving the Rochester area to test drive both and make sure you’re making the right choice. Just a short drive from Pittsford and Henrietta our new Honda dealership has plenty of both models in stock today. Can’t make it into our Rochester area Honda dealership today? Navigate over to our online inventory, pick a few 2019 HR-V and 2019 CR-V models you like and schedule a test drive for later.

 

*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX CVT trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring CVT trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

***MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.