2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the CR-V and the C-HR 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Toyota C-HR:

 

CR-V

C-HR

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

354 lbs.

419 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

333

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

58 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 C-HR has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The C-HR isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (184 vs. 144) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 46 more horsepower (190 vs. 144) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

77.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

C-HR

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the C-HR:

 

CR-V

C-HR

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the C-HR (235/65R17 vs. 215/60R17). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (235/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the C-HR.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 22.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (105.9 vs. 83.8).

The CR-V has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 8.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 8.7 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

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

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 19 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 36.4 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 C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The C-HR doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

A Maintenance Minder is standard on the CR-V to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The C-HR doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The CR-V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the CR-V and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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

 

CR-V

C-HR

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

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 C-HR isn’t in the top three.

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

The Honda CR-V outsold the Toyota C-HR by almost 8 to one during the 2018 model year.

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