Let’s Take A Closer Look At Honda’s Crossovers & Midsize SUVs

January 13th, 2023 by

A red 2020 Honda HR-V is shown from the front after leaving a dealer that has used Honda SUVs for sale.

Picking the right car brand is like choosing the right pair of shoes. Depending on who you are, you may swap your shoes annually, while some people wear the same pair for half a decade or more. With vehicles, you won’t be swapping it out with another one every year, but choosing the brand remains the most crucial part. Take used Honda SUVs, for example – Honda produces many of the world’s best SUVs and crossovers. At Gwinnett Place Honda, we’re a trusted dealership serving the greater area of Duluth, GA, with Honda’s best offerings – all at competitive prices. We’ve heard some confusion about Honda’s crossovers and SUVs, and we’re here to set the record straight and give you a detailed explanation of what you can expect from each one.

In Honda’s current lineup, you’ll find five SUVs and crossovers. The most cost-effective SUV of the lot is the HR-V, which has remained Honda’s entry-level experience along with the likes of the Civic – the latter being one of Honda’s more popular sedan options. We’re not talking about the sedans today – we’re talking about the SUVs like the HR-V, CR-V and its hybrid variant, the Pilot, and the Passport. These five SUVs make up Honda’s offerings, and there’s something for everyone, so let’s get started, shall we?

HR-V

The first HR-V to release in the American market was the 2016 model. Since then, drivers who have wanted to save money on fuel as well as on the initial purchase of the vehicle have flocked to the HR-V. While the Honda HR-V may not offer the same performance as larger Honda SUVs like the Pilot and Passport, the HR-V is aimed towards young families who want a reliable and versatile vehicle to get themselves and their loved ones around town conveniently and affordably.

The Honda HR-V has offered the same 1.8L I-4 engine between the release of the 2016 and 2022 models. 2016, 2017, and 2018 HR-Vs can all be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT,) the latter of which is the only option on more recent models. Models with the 1.8L I-4 engine will produce 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, sporting a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. The 1.8L I-4 engine regularly received EPA-estimated ratings of 28 MPG city and 34 highway with FWD. Models released with the 2.0L I-4 engine, which are slowly making their way onto the used market, get an upgraded 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque – a 12% and 8.6% increase.

Don’t be fooled by the HR-V’s smaller stature against its pricier siblings because it can offer you and your family plenty of cargo room. The 2023 HR-V saw the total amount of cargo space decrease slightly against 2022 models and older, which means the pre-owned HR-V provides you more cargo space with upwards of 58.8 cu.ft. Aside from cargo, the HR-V is fitted with plenty of modern technology, such as infotainment centers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.

A blue 2023 Honda CR-V is shown from the front at an angle.

CR-V / CR-V Hybrid

The Honda CR-V is the logical next step after the HR-V. Compared to the HR-V, the CR-V has more power and is larger, as it offers more cargo space. The CR-V Hybrid is expectedly far more fuel-efficient than the HR-V, and its gasoline-powered sibling, by extension. The CR-V Hybrid also has more power than the gasoline-powered CR-V but slightly falls behind in cargo space, albeit it’s still more than the HR-V.

Hybrids aren’t for everyone, but those who either currently own one or looking to own one should consider the CR-V Hybrid as their next vehicle. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid was the CR-V’s first foray into the hybrid scene, and it came in swinging with plenty of standard technology and, of course, an efficient powertrain that combined a 2.0L I-4 engine with a battery and two motors. The outcome is 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque, and the first CR-V Hybrid earned EPA-estimated ratings of 40 MPG city and 35 highway and a total mileage range of 532 miles with a tank size of 14 gallons. Models released between 2020 and 2022 will have this configuration. These models will also net you 68.7 cu.ft. of cargo space.

As for the gasoline-powered CR-V, Honda has been producing the vehicle dating back to the 1990s. Those who have been around since then have heard about the CR-V in some form. Models released after the 2020 CR-V come standard with a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine that produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, but its more immediate predecessors come standard with a 2.4L I-4 engine that creates 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The gasoline-powered CR-V is also large for its class, with upwards of 75.8 cu.ft. of space on the 2022 model. The CR-V is superior to the HR-V in many ways, and those who can afford the difference should certainly spring for it.

Pilot

The first thing that separates the Pilot from the CR-V, CR-V Hybrid, and HR-V is its additional row of seating. Unlike those three previous SUVs, the Pilot can seat upwards of eight passengers and does a great job at doing such. The Pilot is costlier than the preceding three SUVs in the lineup, but it makes up for it in every regard. The Honda Pilot first reached the market with the release of the 2023 Pilot, meaning we’ve now reached twenty years of the Honda Pilot. Twenty years is a long time in the automotive industry, but the Pilot’s influence remains strong. Those who have the budget for the Pilot should consider getting one, especially if your family is larger than most with three or more children.

Taking a closer look at a Honda Pilot – one from the third generation between the 2016 and 2023 models – the Honda Pilot has offered up a 3.5L V6 engine for over a decade. The 3.5L V6 engine provides plenty of power and decent fuel efficiency to complete a wide range of tasks. Models released between 2016 and 2022 create 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque with the V6 engine, which received a slight performance boost to 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque with the 2023 model. The engine in the 2016 through 2022 models helps the Pilot achieve a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. Additionally, the interior is much longer because the Pilot has an additional row of seating. If you fold down both rows of seating, you can utilize upwards of 109.2 cu.ft. of space.

A  white 2022 Honda Passport Elite is shown from the side while towing a UTV off-road.

Passport

The Honda Passport shares much of its lineage with the Pilot. The Passport is virtually identical to the Pilot in many facets, but the most significant change comes down to a smaller interior with less seating. The Honda Passport joined the scene far later than the Pilot, with the Passport in its current iteration released with the 2019 model. The Passport hasn’t strayed from the Pilot’s powertrain configurations, meaning the 2019 Passport has the same 3.5L V6 engine as the 2019 Pilot. The 2023 model sees a slight deviation, with the Passport offering the same 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, while the Pilot gets upgraded to the newer variant that produces 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

While the Passport lacks the third row of seating, it doesn’t lose out on the versatility of a spacious cabin. For example, many Pilot models have a maximum of 109 cu.ft. when both seats are folded down, folding down the back seats in the Passport reveals a similar 100.7 cu.ft. of space. The Passport also sports the same maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs as the Pilot models, which utilize the same 3.5L V6 engine. The Passport and Pilot are the best SUVs you can get from Honda’s lineup if you want a truly capable SUV.

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Honda’s SUVs cover a range of wants and needs that most drivers will face, and whether you’re looking for an HR-V, CR-V, CR-V Hybrid, Pilot, or Passport, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of Honda. At Gwinnett Place Honda, we’re the Honda experts you’ve been looking for in the greater area of Duluth, GA. If you have any questions, want to see what Honda SUVs can do for you, take one for a test drive, or want to visit our finance center to get behind the wheel of one sooner, then visit us today at 3325 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA.

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