2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Stelvio and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio weighs 480 to 737 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the CR-V have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The CR-V’s redline is at 6500 to 6800 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The CR-V’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (280 vs. 184) and 126 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 90 more horsepower (280 vs. 190) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Honda CR-V:

 

Stelvio

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

16 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

88.4 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stelvio’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Stelvio has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (16.9 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Stelvio

CR-V

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

10.2 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CR-V are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the CR-V:

 

Stelvio

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the CR-V (111 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the CR-V’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:

 

Stelvio

CR-V

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .1 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

The front step up height for the Stelvio is 2 inches lower than the CR-V (17” vs. 19”).

Towing

The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CR-V’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Stelvio uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the CR-V. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CR-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the CR-V’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CR-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Stelvio and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Stelvio also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

On extremely cold winter days, the Stelvio’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Stelvio has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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