One is a city-slick crossover with modern styling, while the other is a family-friendly SUV with a turbocharged powertrain. It’s time to compare the Honda HR-V vs. the Honda CR-V to find out which is which. If you’re in the market for a new SUV you can’t go wrong with either of these vehicles. Join Vern Eide Honda Sioux City as we explore the similarities and differences between the 2021 Honda HR-V vs. the 2020 Honda CR-V, including safety ratings, tech features, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and performance specs.
All 2021 HR-V trim levels carry a 1.8-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Due to HR-V’s subcompact size towing is not recommended, however, Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ is available on every trim.
Every 2020 CR-V comes standard with a 1.5-liter, in-line four-cylinder with a turbocharger that generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, CR-V is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds, whether you opt for 2WD or AWD. And now for the first time ever, Honda has built the CR-V Hybrid for efficient power to the tune of 212 total system horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.
HR-V’s small stature makes it the perfect crossover for city driving, but its subcompact frame also achieves solid fuel economy ratings. The in-line four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) make the following EPA-estimated figures:
Just because CR-V boasts a turbocharged engine doesn’t mean it sacrifices efficiency. Like HR-V, this crossover also employs a CVT and E-CVT for hybrid models, allowing for less fuel consumption and the following EPA-estimated ratings:
Even with its subcompact status, the 2021 HR-V is a more-than-capable cargo hauler thanks to Honda’s 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat® which allows for multiple interior configurations, including long mode, utility mode, and tall mode. Below are the interior dimensions for the base HR-V LX trim:
Slightly larger than its HR-V crossover sibling, the 2020 CR-V also makes good use of its compact cabin with an easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback, providing one of the most spacious cargo areas in its segment. Below are the interior dimensions for the base CR-V LX trim:
All 2021 HR-V models come loaded with standard features such as a 5-inch color LCD screen, USB audio interface, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio, remote entry, LED brake lights and daytime running lights, halogen projector-beam headlamps, and 12-volt power outlets (front and rear). Other available features for the 2021 Honda HR-V include:
Every 2020 CR-V trim level comes standard equipped with automatic climate control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio, Pandora® compatibility, USB audio interface, Honda Sensing®, remote entry system, LED daytime running lights, auto high-beam headlights, and power side mirrors. Other available features for the 2020 Honda CR-V include:
The 2021 Honda HR-V earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)* and every trim level comes standard equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), brake assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), LED daytime running lights, and a multi-angle rearview camera. All 2021 HR-V models can also be equipped with available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ and the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assist safety features and technologies.
Not to be outdone, the 2020 Honda CR-V also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and features the same safety technologies found in HR-V, including a multi-angle rearview camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), brake assist, LED daytime running lights, and available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™. Unlike HR-V, however, the Honda Sensing suite is standard on all trims, meaning every 2020 CR-V driver has access to Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation System, and Lane Keeping Assist System.
It’s not necessarily a question of which Honda SUV is better. Both HR-V and CR-V provide impressive fuel efficiency. Both crossovers have plenty of standard tech features. And both Hondas have solid resale value. Maneuverability, versatile interior configurations, and admirable city gas mileage make HR-V an ideal choice for young professionals. On the other hand, if your driving needs include more horsepower, towing capabilities, and more cargo space, CR-V is widely considered one of the best family vehicles in its class. Visit Vern Eide Honda Sioux City today and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2020 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.
 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 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.
 Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).