2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Fiat 500X

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The 500X’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System in the CR-V Hybrid as “Superior.” The 500X scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The CR-V Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 500X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V Hybrid and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 500X last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 103 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 35 more horsepower (212 vs. 177) than the 500X’s 1.3 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CR-V Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (40 city/35 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 500X doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V Hybrid has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The CR-V Hybrid 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 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the 500X (235/60R18 vs. 215/60R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V Hybrid Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The 500X’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V Hybrid’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the 500X (104.7 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V Hybrid is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the 500X.

The CR-V Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the 500X’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the CR-V Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the 500X (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the CR-V Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the CR-V Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 500X doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 500X doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The CR-V Hybrid has 14.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (105.9 vs. 91.7).

The CR-V Hybrid has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 5.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The 500X’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the CR-V Hybrid is .4 inches lower than the 500X (19” vs. 19.4”). The CR-V Hybrid’s rear step up height is 1.6 inches lower than the 500X’s (18” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 14.1 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 39.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V Hybrid easier. The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.

The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the 500X’s in every dimension:

CR-V

500X

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

n/a

Max Width

54”

41.3”

Min Width

41.5”

37.8”

Height

41”

28.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The 500X 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 Hybrid. The 500X doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Hybrid Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The 500X doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The 500X doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V Hybrid 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 500X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 500X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the 500X’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The CR-V Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

On extremely cold winter days, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 500X doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The CR-V Hybrid has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CR-V Hybrid’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 500X Pop doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V Hybrid has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 500X doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Fiat 500X by almost 144 to one during 2019.

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