Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V: What’s the Difference?

2016 Honda HR-V vs. 2015 Honda CR-V

By now you’ve probably heard of the hottest new crossover on the market: the 2016 Honda HR-V. The 2016 HR-V complements the already-impressive family of Honda utility vehicles, including the Fit, the Pilot, and the beloved CR-V. Comparing the HR-V to the CR-V shows that these two crossovers both deliver in performance, efficiency, and convenience, while appealing to slightly different types of drivers. O’Daniel Honda in Omaha offers both the 2016 HR-V and the 2015 CR-V for the best in sport utility vehicles.

Size and Style

The difference between the 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2015 Honda CR-V is apparent when you look at them side-by side. The 2016 HR-V is designed as a “city utility” vehicle, meaning it is sized to take up less space to be easier to navigate crowded streets and park in heavily-populated locations. As a result, the exterior of the 2016 HR-V is smaller than the 2015 CR-V, the latter being about 10 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 2 inches higher.

A truly remarkable feature of the brand-new HR-V is that, despite being considerably smaller than the CR-V on the outside, the interior size difference is negligible. The passenger volume of the 2016 HR-V LX is 100.1 cu ft, while that measurement for most 2015 CR-V models is 101.5 cu ft. When Motor Trend named the 2015 CR-V its SUV of the Year, it lauded the crossover’s ample rear legroom, at 38.3 inches. The 2016 HR-V actually beats that, with 39.3 inches. This CUV may look small, but it is anything but cramped.

Style and Features

Along with the city size comes city style. The 2016 Honda HR-V is the 4-door crossover that looks like a coupe. Dynamic lines, sporty stance, and tapered face give this vehicle its youthful appearance, and body-colored rear door handles enhance the coupe-like impression. On the inside, both the 2016 HR-V and 2015 CR-V offer many of the same great features that Honda drivers love. From standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines and 60/40 Split Rear Seat or Magic Seat, to available Honda LaneWatch, Smart Entry with Push Button Start, and Navigation System. The 2016 HR-V may be an entry-level SUV, but features like Automatic Climate Control with Electrostatic Touchscreen, Leather Appointments, and Heated Front Seats, drivers will feel right at home. The safety features on the 2016 HR-V are also comparable to that of the 2015 CR-V, and Honda engineers anticipate the new CUV will receive the same top safety ratings received by its big brother.


Both the 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2015 Honda CR-V are equipped with an efficient and highly-refined 1.8L 4-cylinder engine and are available with either 2-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive. Their transmission options differ, however, which results in different horsepower and mileage. Every 2015 CR-V comes with a Continuously Variable Transmission, which gets up to 27/34 mpg* and 185-horsepower. The CVT is available for all 2016 HR-V trims, with available Sport Mode and Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters. The 2016 HR-V LX and EX in 2WD also offer a 6-speed manual transmission. The HR-V gets up to 28/35 mpg** and 141-horsepower.

Compare the 2016 HR-V and the 2015 CR-V for yourself at O’Daniel Honda in Omaha, Nebraska.

*27 city/34 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD. 26 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

**25 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 28 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT models. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD CVT models. Based on 2016 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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