2022 Honda CR-V or 2022 Honda HR-V: Which New SUV is Right for You?

Compact crossovers like 2022 Honda HR-V and 2022 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 2022 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, EX and EX-L trims make changing gears easy. Hill Start Assist is standard, and a Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available across the lineup. 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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2022 Honda CR-V engine

The 2022 Honda CR-V features an increased 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 delivering 179 pound-feet of torque. 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 that comes standard in the Touring trim. Finally, the SUV can tow as much as 1,500 pounds.

The takeaways:The 2022 Honda CR-V offers more power, and it can tow small trailers carrying dirt bikes, a pop-up tent, or an ATV, but 2022 Honda HR-V offers the peace of mind of standard AWD in select trims.

Safety Features

The 2022 Honda HR-V offers Honda Sensing, our brand's exclusive suite of smart driver aids, and Honda LaneWatch standard in EX and EX-L trims. Honda Sensing incorporates road departure and collision mitigation systems, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda LaneWatch is a right-side approaching-vehicle monitor.

The 2022 Honda CR-V is similarly equipped, with Honda Sensing standard in all trims, but omits LaneWatch in favor of a blind spot monitoring system and a cross-traffic monitor in the EX, EX-L and Touring models.

Our conclusions: both Honda crossovers are expertly equipped for safety, but the 2022 Honda CR-V offers more features to improve your situational awareness.

Interior FeaturesHonda CR-V rear cargo space

The 2022 Honda HR-V offers seating for five in a cabin with 96.1 to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space. Heated front seats come equipped in the EX and EX-L trims, leather-trimmed seating comes standard in the EX-L trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob can be had in the Sport and EX-L trims.

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 102.9-to-105.9-cubic-foot passenger space. Heated front seats and 12-way power-adjustable driver's seating with four-way lumbar support come standard in EX, EX-L and Touring. Leather-trimmed seats, including a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, come standard in EX-L and Touring models. 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 made short:both Honda SUVs are similarly designed in-cabin, comfortable and accommodating, but the 2022 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 2022 Honda HR-V LX base comes equipped with 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 the Sport trim. A 180-watt, six-speaker audio setup with SiriusXM support and HD Radio appears in the EX and EX-L.

The 2022 Honda CR-V LX base trim is similarly equipped as the HR-V LX. The new Special Edition trim offers a bridge between the base model LX and the EX trims with some of the more premium features made available in a lower priced model. A 180-watt, six-speaker audio system can be found on the Special Edition and EX, with the EX-L model adding two more speakers to the mix. The premium Touring model delights your senses with a 330-watt, nine-speaker premium audio system that includes a ground-shaking subwoofer.

Our evaluation: both the subcompact HR-V and its compact CR-V sibling come built with keeping you entertained, connected, and in control in mind, but the 2022 Honda CR-V gets our nod.

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 2015 East Main St., 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!