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Both the CR-V Hybrid and the V60 Cross Country 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 V60 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 Cross Country ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.
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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 12 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
On the EPA test cycle the CR-V Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the V60 Cross Country (40 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The CR-V Hybrid 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the V60 Cross Country (235/60R18 vs. 215/50R18).
The front and rear suspension of the CR-V Hybrid uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.
The CR-V Hybrid is 6.2 inches shorter than the V60 Cross Country, making the CR-V Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The CR-V Hybrid has 11.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (105.9 vs. 94).
The CR-V Hybrid has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.
The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding 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 V60 Cross Country 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 Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.
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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Honda CR-V outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost 18 to one during 2019.
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