2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Volvo XC60

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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 XC60’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CR-V Hybrid. But it costs extra on the XC60.

Both the CR-V Hybrid and the XC60 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, 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 XC60 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 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.

Reliability

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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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CR-V Hybrid gets better mileage than the XC60 running its gasoline engine:

MPG

CR-V Hybrid

AWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/35 hwy

XC60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

The CR-V’s maximum range on a full tank is 560 miles, 47% further than the Nexo’s 380-mile range. After it exhausts its gas tank, the CR-V can then refuel in minutes at any of hundreds of thousands of gas pumps, while the Nexo has to fill up at a special hydrogen refueling station; fewer than 100 exist in the United States.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the CR-V Hybrid uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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.

Chassis

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The Honda CR-V Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

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 XC60 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 XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The CR-V Hybrid has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (105.9 vs. 103).

The CR-V Hybrid has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The rear step up height for the CR-V Hybrid is 1.5 inches lower than the XC60 (18” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

CR-V Hybrid

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

54”

43.5”

Min Width

41.5”

39.8”

Height

41”

30.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC60 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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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 XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 XC60’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

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 XC60 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 XC60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Volvo XC60 by almost 12 to one during 2019.

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