Honda’s brand new crossover HR-V has been getting a lot of attention in its debut year. Based on the Honda Fit platform, the HR-V looks to be an attractive and reliable smaller SUV. (Watch a Video Review.)

However, with the launch of a popular new model comes wait lists, compromises on colors and options, and dealerships who are unwilling to negotiate on price. With this in mind, we’ve compared the HR-V to its closest siblings, the Fit and the CR-V, so that you can weigh the benefits of each and decide which option is right for you.

HR-V vs. CR-V vs. Fit?

In this article, we’ve configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors of each. We’ve based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.

  • 2015 Honda Fit EX: Our sample Fit is the EX model equipped with a continuously variable transmission. Standard features include power moon roof, rearview camera, and push button start. MSRP as configured is $19,180.
  • 2016 Honda HR-V EX: We’ve chosen a 2016 Honda HR-V with the EX trim, two wheel drive (2WD), and a continuously variable transmission. Features include push button start, Eco Assist, rearview camera, and power moon roof. MSRP as configured is $22,845.
  • 2015 Honda CR-V EX: We’ve equipped a sample 2015 Honda CR-V identically to the HR-V above, with the EX trim, 2WD, and a continuously variable transmission. Features include push button start, Eco Assist, rearview camera, and power moon roof. MSRP as configured is $26,425.
Vehicle Comparison

We’ll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.

Model Type 2015 Fit EX 2016 HR-V EX 2015 CR-V EX
MSRP $19,180 $22,845 $26,425
Engine and Fuel Economy
 Fit  HR-V  CR-V
Engine 1.5L In-Line 4-Cylinder 1.8L In-Line 4-Cylinder 2.4L In-Line 4-Cylinder
Horsepower 130 141 185
City mpg 29 28 27
Highway mpg 37 35 34

The Fit offers the best fuel economy, but the CR-V provides far greater horespower than either with only a small drop in fuel efficiency.

 Fit  HR-V  CR-V
Seating 5 5 5
Cargo volume (behind seats) 16.6 ft3 24.3 ft3 35.2 ft3
Cargo volume (rear seats folded) 52.7 ft3 58.8 ft3 70.9 ft3

The Fit provides about 90% of the HR-V’s cargo volume when the rear seats are folded down. The CR-V offer 44% more cargo space than the HR-V with the seats up, and 20% more with the seats are folded.

 Fit  HR-V  CR-V
IIHS rating Top Safety Pick n/a Top Safety Pick+
Rearview camera Standard Standard Standard
Crash prevention n/a n/a Touring Model

Both the Fit and the CR-V are IIHS Top Safety Picks (the CR-V is a Top Safety Pick+ when configured with optional front crash prevention). The HR-V has yet to be rated. All three vehicles come with a standard rear view camera, but only the CR-V has the option to upgrade to include front crash prevention.

Cost to purchase: HR-V vs. CR-V vs. Fit

First we’ll examine the cost of each when purchased. We’ve assumed an interest rate of 1.99%. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing.

MSRP $19,180 $22,845 $26,425
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $320 $410 $440
Total of payments over five years $21,380 $26,690 $28,460

The Fit is around $90/month cheaper than the HR-V and saves over $5,000 in payments over the course of five years. The CR-V is about $30 more per month than the HR-V and only about $1,700 more over the course of the loan.

Cost to lease: HR-V vs. CR-V vs. Fit

Next we’ll compare the three vehicles on a three year, 12,000 mile/year lease.

MSRP $19,180 $22,845 $26,425
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $195 $270 $280
Lease disposition fee $350 $350 $350
Total of payments over three years $9,675 $12,300 $12,660

The Fit is again the lowest cost option, saving about $75/month and $2,600 over the course of the lease. The CR-V is virtually identical to the HR-V, leasing for just $10 more per month, or a mere $360 over the three year lease.

Which to buy: HR-V, Fit or CR-V

If you absolutely love the look and feel of the HR-V, then it can be worth the potential wait or increased cost of getting one now. Cartelligent can help make the process of obtaining an HR-V as pain-free as possible and can help negotiate a fair price for your new car. If it’s not the perfect car for you, both the Fit and the CR-V can be strong alternatives. Other options include the Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-5, and Toyota RAV4.

Whether you want the new Honda HR-V or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.