The compact SUV segment is a favorite among Americans, as you get the versatility of larger SUVs with the manners and efficiency of a small sedan. These two models, the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Toyota C-HR, are excellent examples, boasting high build quality, reliability and, in the case of the Honda, great resale value – the C-HR debuts this year so we’ll have to see. We also have to see which one is a better value and a better vehicle, which we do next.
|2018 Honda HR-V||2018 Toyota C-HR|
|FRONT SHOULDER ROOM|
|56.8 in.||49.0 in.|
|REAR LEG ROOM|
|39.3 in.||31.7 in.|
|CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE|
|24.3 cu.ft.||19.0 cu.ft.|
Which Performance are Better?
Both these vehicles are small, making them easy to drive. Nimble performance is to be expected from small SUVs, and the Honda HR-V’s lighter weight gives it a real advantage on the performance front. Outfitted with an efficient 1.8-liter I4 engine, it puts out 141 horsepower and tips the scales at 3109 lbs. for a lb.-per-hp ratio of 22. That’s good for a zero-to-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. Compare that to the C-HR’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that supplies 144 horsepower to motivate a 3,300-lb. vehicle. That works out to 23 lbs./hp for a 0-to-60 time of 9.5 seconds, almost a full second slower than the HR-V.
What’s the Difference in Styling?
The automotive press is polarized over the Toyota C-HR exterior style, which has been called insect-like and weird. Some might like its squinting appearance and odd angles, but few will like the high repair cost when the taillights, which project beyond the bodywork, eventually get cracked. Even the colors are an acquired taste. In stark contrast, the HR-V has a sporty, coupe-like appearance thanks to flush door handles and sloping rear windows and roof. The Toyota’s cabin is less flamboyant, but the rear pillars can be claustrophobic. The Honda’s interior features an upscale layout and quality materials, with excellent outward visibility.
Which SUV is Safer?
Only the HR-V includes a rear head curtain in its airbag package. The Honda received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating form the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration*. The Toyota is awaiting testing. HR-V is equipped with Honda’s useful LaneWatch side-view monitor. In case you do break down, the HR-V comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance program, compared to the one from Toyota for 2 years/25,000 miles. To its credit, the C-HR comes with the TSS package. If you want the extra traction of all-wheel-drive, you can get it in the HR-V but not the C-HR.
2018 Honda HR-V for Sale in Illinois
Serving Highland Park, Chicago, and Evanston, IL
The extremely popular 2018 Honda HR-V is a great example of how good a small SUV can be. We invite you to visit our Honda dealership for a test-drive of the HR-V. You’ll find friendly service that places your satisfaction ahead of all else, so stop in today!
* Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).