2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Honda CR-V

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The CR-V doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 Cross Country and CR-V have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The CR-V’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The CR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 Cross Country has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CR-V doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the CR-V.

The V60 Cross Country offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country weighs 433 to 665 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the CR-V’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 800-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The CR-V’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 60 more horsepower (250 vs. 190) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 179) than the CR-V’s 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volvo V60 Cross Country is faster than the Honda CR-V:

V60 Cross Country

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The V60 Cross Country has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (15.9 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 Cross Country’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

V60 Cross Country

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

12.3 inches

The V60 Cross Country’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CR-V are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The V60 Cross Country’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V Touring’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 Cross Country has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 Cross Country has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the CR-V (113.2 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the CR-V’s (57.6% to 42.4%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.

The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Cross Country executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR-V (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The V60 Cross Country has 1 inch more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room and 3.9 inches more rear hip room than the CR-V.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country’s cargo area is larger than the CR-V’s in almost every dimension:

V60 Cross Country

CR-V

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

37.5”/71”

Min Width

40.9”

41.5”

Towing

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CR-V’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The V60 Cross Country uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The V60 Cross Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the V60 Cross Country and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the V60 Cross Country is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The V60 Cross Country’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The V60 Cross Country’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CR-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CR-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V60 Cross Country has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V60 Cross Country also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CR-V doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The V60 Cross Country’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

When the V60 Cross Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CR-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60 Cross Country’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Cross Country keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

The V60 Cross Country has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The V60 Cross Country’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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