Honda has been producing great vehicles for years, which is why the CR-V continues to get produced and upgraded each year. The smaller HR-V is becoming a popular vehicle as well, so you’ll need to know what the difference is when shopping between the two.

The HR-V has a 1.8-liter engine with four cylinders that generates 127 pound-feet of torque and 141 horsepower. The two basic trim levels have a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The upper-level trim model has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and all-wheel drive can be added on to that.

The standard CR-V model has a 2.4-liter engine with four cylinders that can crank out 180 pound-feet of torque and 184 horsepower. The top trim levels have a 1.5-liter engine capable of creating 179 pound-feet of torque and 190 horsepower. Continuously variable transmission is the only option, and front-wheel drive is standard. However, all-wheel drive can be added to any model.

The HR-V and CR-V are similar when it comes to technology. Both standard models have Bluetooth connectivity, a five-inch color screen, and a stereo with four speakers. You can upgrade to a sound system with six speakers, a navigation system, and a seven-inch touchscreen in the upper trim levels. However, the upper trim levels in the CR-V offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is not offered in any trim level of the HR-V.

Each trim level of the HR-V has air bags in the front, side curtain, and side as well as stability control and traction systems. The upper two trim levels also have a system for blind spot monitoring.

The CR-V has all of this as well, but it also has an option to add Honda Sensing to it. This has multiple driving aids that help with things like collision mitigation, which automatically brakes if it detects an upcoming crash. The system also has road departure mitigation to let the driver know through audible and visual warnings if the car starts to go off the road.

The HR-V has an analog instrument cluster and three-spoke steering wheel inside. There is a center stack that has the climate control panel and touchscreen with the infotainment system. On the outside, it has sharp headlights and character lines in the side panels to decrease visual mass. The HR-V is 169 inches long from bumper to bumper, is 63.2 inches tall, and is 69.8 inches wide.

The CR-V has a more modern design, with the front end looking more muscular than the HR-V. There is a more minimalist design inside than the HR-V, and some models have a wood trim as well. The CR-V comes in at 180 inches from bumper to bumper, is 66.1 inches in height, and is 73 inches in width, making it larger than the HR-V.

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