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The brand new Honda HR-V has created a big stir in the automotive industry and there is the HR-V is a welcome addition to the existing Honda lineup, but it has also raised some questions from car shoppers on where this new crossover slots in amongst the other Honda utility vehicles. One of the closest comparisons is with the Honda CR-V, which is a little larger than the HR-V, but share some characteristics with the all new Honda HR-V.

To help you get a better understanding for what the 2016 Honda HR-V is and to help you figure out which model will better fit your personal needs, we have compared the 2016 Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V and we have highlighted some of the key differences.

The first, and most obvious difference between the Honda HR-V and Honda CR-V is size. The 2016 Honda HR-V is 4,292 mm long (14’1” feet) and and 1,772.4 mm (5’9.7” feet) wide. By comparison, the larger Honda CR-V is 4,557 mm (14’11.4” feet) long and 1,820 mm (5’11.6” feet) wide. Basically the Honda HR-V is about the same width but almost a foot shorter than the Honda CR-V. Despite the smaller outside footprint, the Honda HR-V offers an interior space that is only 342 Litres less in volume, which can be attributed to a wheelbase that is just 10 mm (0.39” inches) shorter than the CR-V’s wheelbase. 342 Litres is the equivalent of one cardboard box that is 3 feet long X 3 feet wide X 3 feet deep. It’s not that much!

More diffences between the Honda HR-V vs. CR-V

The differences between the Honda HR-V and Honda CR-V continue beyond their sizes. The smaller and lighter Honda HR-V delivers its power through a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The CR-V’s larger and heavier footprint requires a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.

Despite their differing engines, both crossovers use continuously variable transmissions which help deliver better fuel economy and more linear power delivery than the current stepped gearing systems most manufacturers are still using. While that is the standard offering, the Honda HR-V does give the added option of a six-speed manual transmission for drivers looking for a more connected driving experience. With the CVT option, the Honda HR-V and the Honda CR-V offer both front and All Wheel Drive options.

While the Honda CR-V remains the more family-friendly option due to the increased storage capacity and passenger room, the Honda HR-V’s compact size and surprising interior space makes it a phenomenal choice for drivers facing frequent city driving or looking for a leaner crossover with top-notch efficiency. Look for the all new 2016 Honda HR-V to arrive at Jonker Langley Honda in the first week of July, 2015 and find out more by filling out the form below.