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All-wheel-drive. The Honda HR-V comes with optional all-wheel-drive, a feature that the C-HR doesn’t even offer. This can be a big deal for buyers in colder climates dealing with slippery roads in the winter.
Room. Despite being about two inches shorter overall than the Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V is a marvel of packaging. Inside, the Honda boasts considerably more passenger space and cargo space than the Toyota. This is a crucial advantage.
Efficiency. A front-wheel-drive HR-V is rated at 28/34/21 MPG city/highway/combined, a few clicks higher than the C-HR’s rating of 27/31/29 MPG.
More options. Honda offers five trim levels of the HR-V while Toyota only offers two trim levels on the C-HR. Thus, Honda buyers have more choices of features to it their budget.
Refinement. Neither of these vehicles is a luxury CUV but the Toyota has a nice amount of comfort and quiet built into the cabin. The materials and the sound deadening have an upscale feel to them that the HR-V lacks.
More fun. While the two models have roughly the same amount of horsepower (144 horsepower for the Toyota and 141 for the Honda) the Toyota has more torque (139 pound-feet versus the Honda’s 127 pound-feet). This helps the C-HR feel more fun to drive around town than the HR-V -- so too does better steering feel and overall handling.
Style. While some find the C-HR’s design to be too aggressive, we liked it -- and we liked it more than the homely HR-V.
The Toyota C-HR is a commendable vehicle with great styling, refinement and handling. But the Honda HR-V succeeds where buyers need it to: it’s the most practical subcompact crossover on the market with the most useable interior, plus it beats the Toyota for fuel economy and offers optional all-wheel-drive. This makes it an easy choice for us: we say Buy the Honda.
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