So, you’ve decided on the brand (Honda) but can’t exactly pinpoint which Honda SUV is right for you. They’re all heavy in tech. They’re all extraordinarily safe. They’re all affordably priced, great on gas, stylish beyond belief—hey, we never said choosing the best new Honda SUV was going to be easy!

Still, we’re up to the challenge if you are. As you go about comparing Honda crossovers and SUVs to buy, review the key differences between the popular HR-V, CR-V, Passport, and Pilot models below. (Or visit our Joplin Honda dealership to test drive them all.) Let’s get crackin’.

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Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V

What’s the difference between Honda HR-V and CR-V?

One’s a compact crossover, the other’s a midsize. But other than that, what are the big differences between the new HR-V and CR-V?


CR-V: Second to none in panache, the new Honda CR-V features a sporty, refined exterior. Its front-end is menacing, in the best way possible, with its condensed LED headlights offsetting a thin grille. Rounded fog lights, chrome-accented side paneling, dual exhaust ports, and a boldly curved rear liftgate complete the package.

HR-V: The latest Honda HR-V shares much of the same DNA as the CR-V but in a smaller form. It features a taller, rounder hood as well as hidden rear door handles, pointed taillights, and horizontal fog lights. Its signature “Honda crossover” look is quite apparent, though we’d say the HR-V has a more youthful appearance.

Size & Space

CR-V: If cargo volume is high on your list, the CR-V is the more spacious SUV of the two. The 2019 CR-V offers between 39.2 and 75.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume. Five passengers have between 105.9 (LX trim) and 101.6 cubic feet (Touring trim) of space to lounge about. Headroom, legroom, hiproom, and shoulder room are all slightly more than the HR-V, but that’s to be expected from a larger crossover.

HR-V: The new HR-V may be smaller than the CR-V, but it’s no slouch in the spaciousness department. Cargo volume ranges from 24.3 cubic feet (seats up) to 58.8 cubes (seats folded). Most surprising is its ample amount of passenger space; the HR-V LX model offers 100.1 cubic feet of room, while the Touring trim provides 96.1 cu. ft. Few compact crossovers can match the spaciousness of the HR-V.

Engines & Fuel Economy

CR-V: Two available powertrains can be fitted in your new Honda CR-V: a base 184-hp 4-cylinder or a 190-hp 4-cylinder with a turbocharger that can tow up to 1,500 pounds. Two-wheel-drive fuel economy for the base engine is 26 city/32 highway mpg. The turbo-four engine, also with a 2WD configuration, returns 28 city/34 highway mpg. (All-wheel-drive trims reduce mpg by one across the board.)

HR-V: A sole 141-horsepower inline-4 engine is fitted inside all HR-V models. The powertrain crunches out 127 lb.-ft. of torque and returns an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway mpg (2WD)—the same as CR-V’s turbo-four. It wins the “HR-V vs. CR-V Fuel Economy Race,” but it was a photo finish.


CR-V: Both Honda crossovers come with comparable pieces of technology. The CR-V does feature a few extra niceties, such as a Touring-exclusive 330-watt, 9-speaker audio system; a capless fuel cap; a 12-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat; a power tailgate; and two USB charging ports in the back row.

HR-V: For the price—the new base HR-V is about $4,000 cheaper than the comparable CR-V—Honda’s smaller crossover is a value buy. It includes the same optional fare that makes the CR-V great, like Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, HondaLink, automatic climate control, dimming rearview mirrors, and heated side mirrors.


CR-V: Honda Sensing is available starting with the CR-V EX trim. This includes everything on the menu, most notably a new Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. Also available starting with the EX model is Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Monitor (seemingly replacing LaneWatch). The 2019 Honda CR-V is on the IIHS Top Safety Pick list.

HR-V: Also an IIHS Top Safety Pick winner, the new HR-V EX comes available with the full Honda Sensing suite, too. The biggest difference between the HR-V and CR-V is that the HR-V features Honda LaneWatch and only offers Adaptive Cruise Control sans Low-Speed Follow. These are expected to arrive on the HR-V spec sheet once the next model is released.


CR-V: The 2019 Honda CR-V is available in 4 trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Starting prices come in at $24,450, $27,350, $29,850, and $32,850, respectively.

HR-V: The 2019 Honda HR-V is available in 5 trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Starting prices come in at $20,520, $22,320, $23,820, $25,420, and $28,540, respectively.

*Note: Prices vary by dealer, location, and date.

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Honda Passport vs. Honda Pilot

What's the difference between Honda Pilot and Passport?

As the market for great SUVs grows, so too do the number of great SUVs. Honda has already inserted itself in the “best SUV brand” conversation with the Pilot, but after the addition of the all-new Passport model, Honda may very well be the talk of the town. Here are some differences between the new Pilot and Passport SUVs.


Pilot: The new Pilot is Honda, through and through: handsome, elegant, and pleasing to the eyes. It gets a slight refresh for 2020, with a sleeker body, more muscular hood, and sexy sculpted contours running along the sideboards. Modern doesn’t come close to describing the new Honda Pilot.

Passport: Rough and rugged, the new-for-2019 Honda Passport is one beastly SUV. It features a fully blacked-out front grille, slick LED headlights, off-roading fenders, and all-black wheels. Frankly, the new Passport looks like it’s ready to rumble—don’t stand in its way.

Size & Space

Pilot: Space is king inside the 8-passenger Pilot. Passenger volume in the Pilot Elite trim comes in at 153.1 cubic feet, which makes it one of the most accommodating SUVs in its class. With both rows of seats down, the new Honda Pilot offers 109 cubic feet of cargo space, on the dot. With all the seats up, expect 18.5 cubic feet in its cargo area. Honda Pilot is clearly a people-hauler.

Passport: The new Honda Passport is meant to haul—just not people. Instead, it’s been designed to haul you through the most rugged terrain; offering 8.1 inches of ground clearance, a 27.6-degree departure angle, and 60-40 front-rear weight distribution, Passport takes you places.

However, it’s also a great example of having your cake and eating it, too. The 2019 Passport offers up to 100.7 cubic feet of cargo space (seats down) and nearly 116 cubic feet of passenger volume. A secret underfloor storage area makes life easier.

Engines & Fuel Economy

Pilot: Both the Pilot and Passport feature a sole V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-foot of torque, with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. The 9-speed Pilot’s EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 19 city/26 highway mpg (AWD).

Passport: Passport models are all standard with Honda’s 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive Passport SUVs return 19 city/24 highway mpg—just a slight decrease off of Pilot’s returns.


Pilot: Cabin Talk In-Car PA System is available on all Pilot Touring models and up—and it’s one piece of tech that is surely worthy of an upgrade. Additionally, the Pilot features exclusive upgrades like a 10.2-inch rear entertainment system with an HDMI Blu-ray™ player and built-in streaming, multi-zone audio, 15 cupholders, and a panoramic roof.

Passport: The Passport comes standard with Remote Engine Start, Idle-Stop, and Intelligent Traction Management.


Pilot: Virtually a lock to receive another yearly Top Safety Pick, the ’20 Pilot is standard with the entire Honda Sensing Suite, with the exception of Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor (available on the EX and up).

Passport: In its first year out the gate, the Honda Passport received an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its standard array of Honda Sensing technology and easily usable LATCH locations. Much like the Pilot, Passport’s BSI with Cross Traffic Monitor tech is reserved for EX-L trims and up.


Pilot: The 2020 Honda Pilot is available in 6 trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition. Starting prices come in at $31,550, $34,430, $37,860, $42,620, $48,120, and $49,620, respectively.

Passport: The 2019 Honda Passport is available in 4 trims: Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Starting prices come in at $31,990, $36,410, $39,280, and $43,680, respectively.

*Note: Prices vary by dealer, location, and date.


Test Drive Popular New Honda SUVs in Joplin, MO

Your lifestyle should dictate which Honda model suits you best; not your budget. Visit Roper Honda in Joplin, MO, to get a great deal on any of these new Honda crossovers and SUVs. We have HR-V and CR-V specials available as we type, as well as low prices on the latest Honda Pilot and all-new Passport.

Swing by our Joplin SUV dealership at 902 N Rangeline Rd to get your test drive started. Don’t forget to ask how you can get $500 off on Veterans Day with a Honda Military Discount.


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