2019 Honda HR-V or 2019 Honda CR-V: Which New SUV is Right for You?

Compact crossovers like 2019 Honda HR-V and 2019 Honda CR-V have always been favorites among those living the on-the-go lifestyle in greater Waterbury, from commuters to Bristol CT to road-trippers and vacationers out of Farmington. That's because they're whole packages: balances of efficiency, space and comfort, enjoyable to drive, efficient with fuel, experts in in-cabin tech, and leading-edge when it comes to safety features. On top of that, they're highly affordable. But what are the differences between them? We've made figuring out the answer easy? Get to know both new Honda SUVs with the experts at Sullivan Honda.

Power and Performance

The 2019 Honda HR-V features one engine, a 141-horsepower, 1.8-liter I4 capable of 127 pound-feet of torque. It's combined with a continuously variable transmission with a Sport Mode for thrills on the highway, and paddle shifters in the Sport trim and later make changing gears easy. Hill Start Assist is standard, and a Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available across the lineup, otherwise coming standard in the Touring trim. Being a small SUV, it's highly maneuverable, evinced by a 37.4-to-38.7-foot turning circle. Lastly, it isn't rated for towing.

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2019 Honda CR-V engine

The 2019 Honda CR-V features a choice between two engines, either a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 delivering 180 pound-feet of torque or a turbocharged 180-horsepower, 1.5-liter I4 putting out 179 pound-feet. It, too, offers a CVT with Sport Mode, Hill Start Assist, a sharp 37.4-foot turning radius, and available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, but the last isn't standard in any trim. Finally, the SUV can tow as much as 1,500 pounds.

The takeaways: The 2019 Honda CR-V offers more engine options, more power, and it can tow small trailerfuls like dirt bikes, a pop-up tent, or an ATV, but 2019 Honda HR-V offers the peace of mind of standard AWD in select trims.

Safety Features

The 2019 Honda HR-V offers Honda Sensing, our brand's exclusive suite of smart driver aids, and Honda LaneWatch standard in EX trims and later. The former incorporates road departure and collision mitigation systems, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The latter is a right-side approaching-vehicle monitor.

The 2019 Honda CR-V is similarly equipped, with Honda Sensing standard in EX trims and later, but omits LaneWatch in favor of a blind spot monitoring system and a cross-traffic monitor to go along with it.

Your conclusions: both Honda crossovers are expertly equipped for safety, but the 2019 Honda CR-V offers more features to improve your situational awareness.

Interior FeaturesHonda CR-V rear cargo space

The 2019 Honda HR-V offers seating for five in a cabin with 96.1 to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space. Heated front seats appear as soon  as the EX trim, leather-trimmed seating comes standard in the EX-L trim, and eight-way drivers-seat power adjustment comes standard in Touring.

A proprietary 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat expands total cargo room to anywhere from 57.6 to 58.8 cubic feet max.

Honda CR-V makes room for five in a 101.6-to-105.9-cubic-foot cabin passenger. Heated front seats and12-way power-adjustable driver's seating with four-way lumbar support come standard in EX. Leather-trimmed seats, including a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, come standard in EX-L. Lastly, up to 75.8 cubic feet of space is available for cargo thanks to an easy fold-down 60/40-split rear seat.

The longer story, short: both Honda SUVs are similarly designed in-cabin, comfortable and accommodating, but the 2019 Honda CR-V offers more room for both riders and luggage and a few more amenities.

Honda HR-V LCD screen and other technologyTechnology

The 2019 Honda HR-V LX base builds in a 5-inch LCD screen and 160-watt, four-speaker audio. A 7-inch display audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 180-watt, four-speaker sound system comes standard in Sport trims. A 180-watt, six-speaker audio setup with SiriusXM support and HD Radio appears in EX. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, voice recognition, and Honda HD Digital Traffic update support comes standard in Touring trims.

The 2019 Honda CR-V LX base trim is equipped likewise, as is the EX trim, except for the HD Radio. A 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system comes standard in EX-L trims, and an HD Radio, Honda satellite-linked navigation, voice command, and Honda HD Digital Traffic come standard in Touring. There's also a 330-watt, nine-speaker premium audio system at the top of the line.

Our evaluation: both the subcompact SUV and its compact SUV sibling come built with keeping you entertained, connected, and in control in mind, but the 2019 Honda CR-V gives the first priority.

Test Drive a New Honda SUV Today at Our Dealership in Torrington

The next best step is to check out both models firsthand to decide which is the right fit. Call or visit our showroom here at 45 Migeon Ave, and we'll be glad to put you on our books for some time behind the wheel. We'll be looking forward to meeting you!