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Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V: know its differences well before choosing | Digital Trends Spanish

In the alphabet, the Honda CR-V and Honda HR-V are just five letters apart, but on the road they are two distinct cars, sitting in separate segments and designed to meet different needs. The CR-V is now in its fourth generation, and has grown so much since its introduction in 1997 that Honda had to create the HR-V to fill the space the CR-V previously occupied.

We pit them against each other in terms of design, technology, performance and fuel economy.

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Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V: Technology

When you think of the HR-V, imagine a Honda Fit walking on stilts. In its entry version, it comes with a relatively basic level of equipment, including a four-speaker radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a five-inch color LCD screen. The Sport edition adds a six-speaker sound system and a seven-inch touchscreen, while the top-of-the-line Touring model comes with navigation. Only the last two offer compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Something similar happens with the CR-V. The base model comes with the same five-inch LCD screen as the HR-V, but you’ll need to explore higher trims for features like a six-speaker sound system, a seven-inch touchscreen, and navigation. Its first three trim levels offer compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.

Performance and efficiency

The HR-V is only equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with 141 horsepower and a torque of 127 pound-feet (172 Nm). Honda has done away with the six-speed manual for 2019, so the entire range comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for an additional value.

In its most basic edition, the CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which provides 184 hp and a maximum torque of 180 pound-feet (249 Nm). The top three trim levels are in line with the industry in downsizing, with the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Civic. Despite its smaller displacement, it offers 190 hp and 179 pound-feet of torque (243 Nm).

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda no longer has the manual transmission available on the CR-V, so the CVT is the only transmission option. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is an additional option, regardless of engine type.

The HR-V gets 28 miles per gallon (11.9 kilometers per liter) in the city, 34 mpg (14.4 kpl) on the highway and 30 mpg (12.7 kpl) combined when equipped with front-wheel drive. The addition of all-wheel drive drops those figures to 27, 31 and 29 mpg (11.4, 13.1 and 12.3 kpl), respectively.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave the CR-V’s most basic engine a fuel economy of 26 mpg (11 kpl) in the city, 32 mpg (13.6 kpl) on the highway, and 28 mpg (11.9 kpl) on a combined cycle when only the front wheels turn. The addition of all-wheel drive reduces efficiency to 25, 31 and 27 mpg (10.6, 13.1 and 11.5), respectively. The turbo block boasts 28 mpg (11.9 kpl) city, 34 mpg (14.5 kpl) highway and 30 mpg (12.8 kpl) combined. Four-wheel drive models drop to 27, 33 and 29 mpg (11.5, 14 and 12.3 kpl), respectively.

Interior and exterior design

Honda introduced the HR-V in 2015 as a 2016 model. At the time, it aligned with the company’s design language by adopting sharp headlights flanked by a gloss black insert, accented by chrome trim. Chiseled character lines on the side panels reduce its ruggedness, which explains why the HR-V looks less like a hatchback and more like a crossover than several of its rivals. Inside, every knob, switch, and button is in just the right place. The driver faces a tri-clock steering wheel and an analog instrument cluster. The center console houses the touch screen, which displays the infotainment system and the climate control panel.

The current CR-V went on sale more recently, so it sports a much more contemporary design. The front end looks more muscular than before and points to the direction Honda’s design department will take in the coming years. Its proportions are synonymous with a large amount of space in the cabin, both for the passenger and for the occupants. Stepping inside, you can immediately tell that this is a more modern car. It has a cleaner and more minimalist design than its smaller brother. Some models even feature wood trim, a feature that shows the CR-V has moved up a notch since its appearance in 1997.

The HR-V stretches 169 inches (4,293 millimeters) from bumper to bumper, is 63.2 inches (1,605 mm) tall and 69.8 inches (1,773 mm) wide. The CR-V’s dimensions are 180, 66.1 and 73 inches (4,572, 1,679 and 1,854 mm), respectively. Clearly the C is a class larger than the H on planet RV.

security aspects

Regardless of trim level, the HR-V comes with front and side curtain airbags, in addition to stability and traction control systems. The top two trim levels also boast blind spot monitoring. Standard on EX and above trims are assists such as Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking and Lane Departure Warning.

The CR-V has the same airbag package, plus stability and traction control systems. Buyers can also opt for Honda Sensing, a suite of electronic driving aids that include collision mitigation (which brakes when it detects an impending crash), road departure mitigation (which issues visual and audible warnings if it detects the car you’re drifting off the road), adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, and lane-keep assist.


the Honda HR-V has a base price between $20,820 and $20,920. At the extreme end of the spectrum, the Touring model steepens to the $28,890 dollars. The CR-V Starts at $25,050 dollars, with the Touring edition starting at $33,250 dollars. None of the above figures include the mandatory $1,095 destination charge.

key rivals

The HR-V it’s an entry-level crossover, and it competes directly with the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade (pictured above), Mazda CX-3, and Fiat 500X. As you can see, it’s quite an intense rivalry, especially considering that all these brands offer these models at affordable prices.

However, it is also worth mentioning that the CR-V it has its own set of competitors, and many agree that the competition between these models is even greater. Among the opponents of the CR-V we must mention the Mazda CX-5, the Toyota RAV4, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the well-known Ford Escape.

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