HR-V, CR-V, or Pilot: Which Honda SUV is Right for You?

September 21st, 2016 by


Honda currently offers three models to meet the various SUV needs of Malin and Keno drivers: the Pilot, CR-V, and HR-V. But which Honda SUV is right for you? To make that decision easier, we’ve put together a quick and easy quiz.

How Much Interior Space Do You Need?


  • Pilot: Up to 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 109 cubic feet of cargo space.
  • CR-V: Up to 104.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
  • HR-V: Up to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 57.6 cubic feet of cargo space .

With space for 8 and a cavernous set of interior dimensions, the 2017 Honda Pilot is clearly a runaway winner when it comes to interior space, making it a prime choice for larger families or anyone who likes to pack up with plenty of outdoor toys each weekend.

The CR-V’s drop in passenger space might seem extreme, but remember that it only needs to carry up to 5 passengers, so it still feels nice and airy. The HR-V actually sets a high standard within the compact segment, but it can’t beat the Pilot or CR-V.

How Much Towing Power Do You Need?


  • Pilot: Tow up to 5,000 pounds.
  • CR-V: Tow up to 1,500 pounds.
  • HR-V: Towing is not recommended.

The Pilot is a top-of-the-line SUV that has been designed especially for drivers who like to head into the great outdoors and bring everything they want with them. With the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, you don’t need to worry about leaving anything behind.

CR-V drivers aren’t as likely to want to tow anything behind them, but they’ll still be able to take smaller trailers or ATVs. The HR-V, meanwhile, is a compact crossover, and it isn’t meant for towing. That said, it still enjoys all-weather performance thanks to the available all-wheel-drive system.

How Important is Efficiency?


  • Pilot: Make up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* with 2WD and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
  • CR-V: Make up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with 2WD and a CVT.
  • HR-V: Make up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway* with 2WD and a CVT.

The HR-V’s tighter dimensions and lack of towing power are more than made up for by the ability to make up to 28 in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.* If you’re looking for the higher ride height, greater interior versatility, and the styling of an SUV with the mpg ratings of a smaller vehicle, the HR-V is ideal.

The Pilot’s commanding power mean that it comes in last in terms of efficiency. Once again, the CR-V stands between them.

The Verdict

  • If you’re looking for a large and powerful SUV that needs to withstand the worst that Mother Nature can throw at you, go for the Pilot.
  • If you’re unlikely to go off-road and want strong efficiency ratings, the HR-V will suit you.
  • Should you want the best of both worlds, the CR-V is ready and waiting.

Of course, you’re always welcome to come to the Klamath Falls Honda showroom to take a closer look at each model and arrange a few test drives.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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