2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Mercedes GLA

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the CR-V’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mercedes GLA has a metal gas tank.

Both the CR-V and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 2 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the GLA:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

GLA

 

FWD

250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

AMG 45 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The GLA doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the GLA:

 

CR-V

GLA

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

173 feet

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Tires and Wheels

The CR-V has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLA; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8.2 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The CR-V’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8.2 vs. 5.3 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLA doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLA doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 14.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (105.9 vs. 91).

The CR-V has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear headroom, 13.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

The rear step up height for the CR-V is 1.5 inches lower than the GLA (18” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the GLA’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the GLA’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

GLA

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

31.6”/63”

Max Width

54”

41.8”

Min Width

41.5”

41”

Height

41”

28.3”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GLA doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The GLA doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the GLA, including $625 less for a water pump, $423 less for a muffler, $172 less for front brake pads, $124 less for a starter, $206 less for fuel injection, $61 less for a fuel pump, $201 less for front struts and $603 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

GLA

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLA isn’t in the top three in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The GLA has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The GLA has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mercedes GLA by over 15 to one during the 2018 model year.

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