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The classic compact Honda SUV, the CR-V, and the relative newcomer subcompact HR-V have quite a bit in common. But twins they are not.

In this blog, we line the popular Honda SUVs up side-by-side for a little compare and contrast exercise. Here’s how the 2020 Honda CR-V stacks up against the 2020 Honda HR-V.

Size and Style

If the amount of cargo you can carry is one of the more important factors in deciding which SUV you’ll get in, it’s important to know that, though they’re just one segment removed, the CR-V does beat the HR-V pretty handily in this category. The CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 76 cubic feet with the seats folded down. In the HR-V, those numbers are 24.3 and 58.8 cubic feet respectively.

When it comes to style, however, beauty is more in the eye of the beholder. While both models boast the lines and overall shape characteristic of Honda’s SUV and crossover models, the 2020 CR-V’s longer, 180-inch frame allows it to draw out the design a bit more than the HR-V’s punctuated 169-inch crossover body, and gives it a few advantages such as 85-degree rear-door mobility.

Performance and Economy

The 2020 Honda CR-V is offered with one powerplant across all six trim levels – LX2WD, LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring and Black Edition. Its 1.5-L four-cylinder engine generates 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, passing it to either the front two tires or all four via Honda’s CVT transmission. Fuel economy for the new CR-V is rated at 8.3/7.0/7.7 L/100km (city/hwy/combined) for the two-wheel-drive LX-2WD and 8.7/7.4/8.1 L/100km for all AWD models.

The 2020 Honda HR-V, meanwhile, gets around with a 1.8-L four-cylinder engine that makes 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, also passed through a CVT transmission to the front two wheels in the LX-2WD or all four wheels in the AWD trims, LX-AWD, Sport and Touring. Fuel economy ratings sit at 8.4/7.0/7.8 L/100km for the LX-2WD, 8.8/7.5/8.2 for the LX-AWD and 9.1/7.7/8.5 for the Sport and Touring models.

Safety and Tech

Both the CR-V and HR-V are well equipped in the safety department, with standard active safety equipment including Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, Road Departure Mitigation and more, alongside passive safety equipment like HondaLink Assist Auto Emergency Response and airbags in the front, side and side curtain positions.

The HR-V LX-2WD and LX-AWD are the only two models that don’t come fitted with Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, while the full suite of other Honda Driver Assist tech systems like Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control are standard on all models. The CR-V trims vary in which Driver Assist systems they embrace, but every model comes fitted with the Honda Sensing suite of driving aids.

For more information or to compare pricing on HR-V and CR-V models, browse our inventory of new and pre-owned Honda SUVs and crossovers here.