2016 Honda CRV Vs 2016 Honda HR-V Comparison

Can you suppose, which vehicle is better, 2016 Honda CRV Vs 2016 Honda HR-V? Both of Honda’s compact crossovers were introduced at roughly the same time during mid to late nineties. However, while compact CRV has featured uninterrupted since, subcompact HR-V had had its ups and downs. It was axed in 2006, and reappears a decade ago as much more modern car.

Differences between the models are mostly in their respective niches. One is smaller than the other and pulls all the additional discrepancies that go with it. However, they are both similar on the other hand, and we’ll show you why.

Full review and the first spy photos of the new 2016 CRV is at next link:

The Engines – Features and Specs

Both CRV and slightly smaller HR-V offer a sole option under their respective hoods. However, while former comes with potent 2.4L 4-cylinder engine which makes 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, latter is fitted with much smaller 1.8L 4-cylinder engine developing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. Both models offer front and optional intelligent all-wheel drive systems, but transmission choices differ. CR-V is tied exclusively to CVT gearboxes, while HR-V initially offers 6-speed manual shift stick.

At the foot of the lineup, HR-V offers CVT transmission only as an option, and furthermore, that’s the only way to include all-wheel drive too. Ultimately, both models feature adequate engines for their respective niches, and while HR-V might suffer from lack of power at times, CRV could have gone with little bit more diversity in available transmission choices.

Design – Inside and Outside look

As far as their respective exterior designs go, both CRV and HR-V are good-looking small crossovers with plenty of similarities between them. While they share similar design from all three sides, differences are still easily noticeable as well. After all, HR-V is slightly smaller car and has to do more in order to adapt to market’s requirements. Honda’s probably differ the most around the back where new HR-V abandons CRV’s upward oriented tail-light design and instead offers conventional hatchback-like horizontal ones. Still, they are both good-looking crossovers and it’s pointless judging them by their respective exterior qualities.


Things are a little bit different on the inside, however. Apart from the fact that HR-V is slightly smaller, it also features much different cabin layout. However, both cars offer only two rows of seats, so interior comfort doesn’t suffer in neither of them. First thing that you’re going to notice by looking at these crossover’s respective interiors is the fact that smaller HR-V lacks CRV’s dual screen layout. It does get 5-inch LCD screen in entry-level or 7-inch touch screen display otherwise, but CRV starts and ends with the same 7-inch touch screen. It also offers smaller driver-information display above it.

Seats in CRV are leather-trimmed at top couple of grades and cloth-furbished at first two trim levels. HR-V offers only three trim levels, and leather seats are exclusively offered in top grade. As far as rest of the available features go, both Honda’s crossovers are rather similar. Of course, CRV offers some features that HR-V doesn’t; like HomeLink remote system at top grade, but the rest is there.

Safety options

Safety doesn’t differ that much, even though CRV and HR-V don’t fit the same classes, and compact class to which former belongs, usually beats subcompact niche where latter is positioned. Apart from the mandatory features which are always the same, CRV offers a rearview camera, Honda LaneWatch system, blind-spot monitor, lane keeping assist with lane-centering function and forward collision warning with collision-mitigation braking system.

HR-V, on the other hand, offers most, but not all of the above mentioned. It doesn’t include the latest of the mentioned features which are part of the optional Technology package even in CRV.

2016 Honda CRV vs 2016 Honda HR-V Prices


Contrary to what people may have expected, smaller HR-V is actually worse than CRV when it comes to fuel efficiency; at least at the bottom end of the lineup. While CRV returns either 27/34 mpg or 26/33 mpg (depending on drivetrain config) across the entire range, HR-V starts with 25/34 mpg with manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. CVT propels the figures to 28/35 mpg, while all-wheel drive lowers them yet again to rather bad 27/32 mpg.

HR-V might be more affordable, ranging from $19,115 to $25,840, but it seems that you get more for CRV which costs between $23,445 and $31,645.

2016 Honda CRV Vs 2016 Honda HR-V 2


It is always ungrateful comparing two cars separated by their respective niches, but things are at least a little bit easier when they are both similar vehicles and come from the same manufacturer. Both CRV and HR-V are good, efficient compact crossovers, and surprisingly enough, larger one takes the biscuit here.

Add to that a few additional features (especially safety ones) that HR-V doesn’t facilitate, and you’ll see which of these is better fitted. However, all that extra equipment comes at a price, and CRV might cost you $5,000 more.

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