Honda HR-V
Toyota C-HR

Executive Summary

The Honda HR-V (or "Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle") slots right under the larger CR-V in price just as the Toyota C-HR (or "Coupe High Rider") takes up less room in your garage and budget than the RAV4

These sub-compact SUVs are known as "mini-utes."  Both began life on small car platforms (Fit and Prius) and then Honda and Toyota treated them to some rugged styling and platform heels.  They are seeking sales in a market that is drifting away from traditional sedans toward versatile crossover vehicles that have the economy of a car but the utility of a truck.   Other entrants in this burgeoning segment include Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, and arguably the best all-around choice, Subaru Crosstrek

C-HR's controversial styling comes directly from the Japanese techo-brutal design school pioneered by rival Nissan on its GT-R supercar.  In fact, C-HR looks more like a Nissan Maxima or Nissan Juke than the conventional-looking Toyota products to which we're accustomed.  Toyota heir and CEO Akio Toyoda has been pushing his staid company to produce vehicles with a little more aesthetic and kinetic passion, which might explain why the C-HR apes Nissan's aggressive styling.  Fortunately for CH-R buyers, they will break a lot less often than a Nissan!
As Subaru dealers, we don't have a dog in this hunt, but if you wouldn't let us drive a Crosstrek then we would pick the HR-V because of more ground clearance, and the CH-R is not available with all-wheel-drive.  We like Honda resale value and the ingenious Magic Seat system that permutes manifold cargo-people configurations, making the car act much bigger than it is.  Comparably equipped, they cost almost the exact same, around $24,000 in mid-level trim.  You really can't go wrong with either one, and either way you get three consonants and a hyphen.




Ride Quality
Both offer a much better ride than the truck-based SUVs of yore.  Both have lots of "suspension travel" up and down over bumps.  "Travel" is just a fancy way of saying that there is more space for the suspension to compress, which results in a more compliant ride.  We give the slight edge to Honda's handling...somehow they've figured out a way to spray some eau-de-Formula-One on their economy runabouts.   

There's a little more "dead cat
space" between the top of the
tire and the bottom of the
wheel well.  (That's the
technical industry term,
believe it or not.)


Don't worry, we really
love cats.


Key Dimensions

Ground clearance. 
They'll elude obstacles and deep snow better than their Prius and Fit forebears, but can't touch Subaru Crosstrek at 8.7 inches.

Both fit tight Boston parking decks.

A little more shoulder room in the Toyota.

Taller drivers might prefer the Toyota.

Cargo space, seats in place
Honda's Magic Seat system makes much of a small cubic volume.
22 cubic feet24 cubic feet

Driver Assistive Technology

Both Toyota and Honda produce suites of optional technologies to help you drive more safely, even including automatic braking if you're distracted.  These features are optional on HR-V but Toyota Safety Sense is standard on the C-HR as Toyota is pushing to include autonomous safety features in its economy cars. 





Standard Engine and Fuel Economy

2.0 liter four cylinder
in-line engine with
144 horsepower

Continuously variable
auto transmission
27 city, 31 highway

1.8 liter four cylinder
in-line engine with
138 horsepower

Continuously variable
auto transmission:

27 city, 32 highway

Rear outward Visibility

With all that structure around the rear glass, HR-V won't win any awards for visibility but it beats the C-HR.  HR-V has glass where C-HR has (opaque) pizazz.  Good thing you get a standard back up camera in either one because you'll use it a lot. 


Subaru Competition
While you can't go wrong with a Honda or a Toyota, Subaru builds worthy competitors.  Plus, you'll really love doing business with Planet.  Visit Planet's Crosstrek Center with links, video, photos, and pricing.

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