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Vehicle Comparisons:
Honda HR-V vs CR-V

2021 Honda HR-V
Honda CR-V

If you’re looking to drive a 2-row SUV around the Centennial, Aurora, and Denver areas, then you may like either the 2021 Honda HR-V or CR-V. Both models can give you plenty of engine power, an efficient drive, and enough cargo space for everything you need.

The only question is: which is going to be the best fit for your lifestyle? To help you decide, our team at Mile High Honda compared the Honda HR-V vs. CR-V.

Honda HR-V vs CR-V Performance Specs

2021 Honda HR-V Engine Specs

If you’re more interested in engine power, then you’ll probably be drawn to the 2021 Honda CR-V over the Honda HR-V. Check out this table for a quick look at your engine options for both vehicles.

Engine Horsepower Torque
Honda CR-V 1.5L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine 190 179 lb-ft
Honda CR-V Hybrid 2.0L Turbocharged Hybrid Engine 212 (Total Combined) 232 lb-ft
Honda HR-V 1.8L 4-Cylinder Engine 141 127 lb-ft

When we look at just their standard engines, the Honda HR-V is equipped with a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that generates 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The HR-V generates less power than the standard engine in the CR-V, which is a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Honda CR-V Engine Specs

The CR-V also has a hybrid option, so you can spend less time at the pump and more time on the road. The CR-V is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor that puts out a total horsepower of 212 and 232 lb-ft of torque.

Both SUVs, however, can create a sportier dynamic with the Sport Mode feature of the Continuously Variable Transmissions. This drive mode gives you even more responsive steering and cleaner acceleration for smoother overtaking.

Honda HR-V vs Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

2021 Honda HR-V MPGIf you need a more efficient ride during highway cruising, both the 2021 Honda HR-V and CR-V provide impressive fuel economies.

Available Real Time all-wheel drive™ (AWD) is ideal for those snowy wintertime commutes. Found in both models, this actively monitors your roadway conditions and automatically redistributes torque between all four wheels to maximize traction control.

When equipped with AWD, all Honda CR-V trims with the 1.5L engine get an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 27 city/32 highway MPG.1 Each CR-V Hybrid trim receives an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG.1

The Honda HR-V gets a very similar fuel rating. Each HR-V trim gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 city/31 highway MPG when equipped with AWD.2

Honda CR-V vs Honda HR-V: Which Is Bigger?

2021 Honda HR-V Interior Cargo SpaceWhether you need an agile ride or a spacious set of wheels, you’ll find what you’re looking for with the Honda HR-V and CR-V.

Both are 2-row SUVs that seat a total of five passengers with plenty of wiggle room for getting comfortable on long car trips. In general, passengers have a bit more room to move around in the CR-V, which has a total passenger volume of 105.9 cubic feet which is more spacious than the 100.1 cubic feet in the HR-V.

All around, the CR-V appears to be better equipped for family vacations and group getaways, with its 75.8 cubic feet of total cargo space and 39.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row. Compare this to the still-impressive 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space and 24.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the HR-V.

The Honda CR-V can also mount bigger obstacles with its maximum ground clearance of 8.2 inches. The HR-V has a maximum ground clearance of 7.3 inches.

Honda CR-V Dimensions

However, if you’re commuting through the city, smaller streets and tighter parking spaces may be more manageable in the Honda HR-V, which has a width of 69.8 inches and a total length of 170.4 inches. Zip in and out of traffic in this smaller SUV and get that perfect spot that the CR-V can’t quite fit into.

The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, has a width of 73 inches and a length of 182.1 inches, so parallel parking may need a bit more finesse.

Honda HR-V vs CR-V 2021

To see the true difference between the Honda HR-V and CR-V, come to Mile High Honda. We’ll help you find the right SUV for your drives around Aurora, Denver, and Centennial. Contact us and schedule your test drive today!


1 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for CR-V 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-package/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.

2 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for HR-V 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.


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