The 2021 Honda HR-V and the 2021 Toyota C-HR are the least expensive SUVs from their respective brands. Here’s how they compare.
2021 Honda HR-V
Above Average: Exceptionally roomy interior; versatile cargo-carrying capability; good gas mileage.
Below Average: Touchscreen infotainment interface; sluggish acceleration; active-safety features not standard on lower trims.
Consensus: With above-average fuel economy and a tempting price, the Honda HR-V is a good value for the buyer on a budget. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) requires lots of engine rpm to climb hills. However, the flexible interior on this Honda is great for hauling passengers and cargo.
2021 Toyota C-HR
Above Average: Expressive styling; strong resale value and reliability; sporty handling.
Below Average: Front-wheel drive only; weak engine; tight rear seat; small cargo hold.
Consensus: The FWD-only 2021 Toyota C-HR is more of a tall hatchback than a baby SUV. It boasts lots of style and standard equipment, although its powertrain lacks verve and all-wheel drive availability.
HR-V vs. C-HR: Urban-Friendly Baby SUVs
The HR-V is Honda’s smallest and least expensive SUV. The HR-V is deceptively roomy, though, particularly its rear seat. Dubbed “Magic Seat” by Honda, its multi-folding capability allows for exceptional cargo-carrying versatility. It’s standard on all four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L.
The sole engine is a 141-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with 127 lb-ft of torque that pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The HR-V is not quick, but fuel economy is good: 28/34 mpg city/highway (FWD) and 27/31 mpg (AWD).
Honda’s 7-inch infotainment display is on all but the base LX and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but lacks a tuning knob and menu shortcut buttons. Navigation is not offered. The LX is sparsely equipped; the Sport features unique design elements along with a smattering of additional features.
We recommend the EX or EX-L, which get the HR-V’s bundle of active-safety features known as Honda Sensing. This suite includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. HR-V can also be had with heated seats, a sunroof, and Honda’s LaneWatch, which displays onto the center screen a live feed of the right-side blind-spot zone when the right turn signal is activated.
The Toyota C-HR stands out from other neo-SUVs with its coupe-like styling. The wide rear pillars, though, make for a claustrophobic rear seat, where legroom already is tight. Don’t expect to carry much cargo, either, as the C-HR has just 19 cubic feet of luggage space or 37 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
The C-HR’s sporty handling lives up to the promise of the exterior styling, but the 2.0-liter engine is on the weaker side and pairs with an un-sporty CVT automatic. The fuel economy is good but not class-leading. No other powertrains are available, nor is AWD offered.
A robust suite of safety and driver-assist features come standard. They include forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all but the base trim.
All C-HR grades get an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. To no one’s surprise on a Toyota product, the C-HR also boasts strong resale values and reliability.
Small footprint; modest horsepower; CVT transmissions.
2021 Honda HR-V Advantages
Rear seat room; cargo carrying; available AWD; NHTSA 5-star safety; high resale value.
2021 Toyota C-HR Advantages
Sporty handling; reliability; strong resale value; 2-year free scheduled maintenance.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2021 Honda HR-V is the perfect urban companion that offers all-wheel drive for those desiring enhanced traction in foul weather. The rear Magic Seat gives the HR-V unrivaled flexibility to haul people and cargo.
The 2021 Toyota C-HR’s funky styling may hold sway with some buyers, and its handling is sporty although its powertrain is not. With its tight rear seat and small cargo hold, the C-HR also sacrifices utility to style, and AWD is not offered. It holds further appeal with a robust suite of standard active safety features.
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|2021 Honda HR-V||2021 Toyota C-HR|
|Engine||1.8-liter I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||141 hp @ 6,500 rpm||144 hp @ 6,100 rpm|
|Torque||127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm||139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||30 mpg (28 city/34 hwy)||29 mpg (27 city/31 hwy)|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||5 stars||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||102.8 inches||103.9 inches|
|Overall Length||170.4 inches||172.6 inches|
|Width||69.8 inches||70.7 inches|
|Height||63.2 inches||61.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||n/a|
|Headroom, Front||39.5 inches||38.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.2 inches||43.5 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.3 inches||31.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.8 inches||49.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.5 inches||52.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||100.1 cubic feet||86.0 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||23.2/57.6 cubic feet||19.1/37.0 cubic feet|