2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2021 Toyota C-HR

2021 Honda HR-V vs Toyota C-HR

The funky, futuristically folky C-HR is one of Toyota’s newest crossovers, eking out just enough functionality and practicality to keep it in the conversation. The new Honda HR-V, with its fuel-efficient pep, available all-wheel drive, and surprisingly spacious cabin, says, “Anything C-HR can do, I can do it better.” But talk is cheap, even in the “cheap SUV” segment. Here are some concrete reasons why the 2021 Toyota C-HR can’t compete with the new 2021 Honda HR-V.

A Crown Jewel of Fuel (Economy)

To say that the HR-V is one of the most fuel-efficient small crossovers is an understatement. In the city, the 2021 HR-V can return 28 mpg in 2WD and 27 mpg in AWD; at 55 mph-plus, 2WD HR-V models earn a 34-mpg rating, while HR-Vs with AWD bring in 31 miles per gallon.

Put those numbers side by side with C-HR’s, and you can see why HR-V tops it. The 2021 Toyota C-HR, which is only available in 2WD, returns 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg -- the same EPA-estimated rating as the AWD HR-V.

2021 HR-V LX 2021 C-HR LE
28/34/30* 27/31/29
27/31/29* -
2021 HR-V - Outdoorsy Street Cred

Outdoorsy Street Cred

All-Wheel Drive on All HR-V Drives

Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control is an option across all HR-V trims, from the base LE to the top-line EX-L. The AWD setup sends power to all four wheels, allowing the HR-V to conquer all types of road conditions -- snow, rain, sleet, mud, you name it.

The ‘21 C-HR doesn’t offer AWD with any of its models.

Peerless Ground Clearance

While neither HR-V nor C-HR are built for paths off-beaten, Honda’s small SUV is far more capable of the occasional foray into the fray. That’s because it offers up to 7.4 inches of AWD ground clearance, outrivaling the C-HR’s meager 5.9 inches of clearance. Even the 2WD HR-V Sport makes quick work of the C-HR, providing 6.9 inches of ground clearance.

2021 HR-V Sport 2021 C-HR
Ground Clearance
7.4 in / 6.9 in 5.9 in

Cavernous Cabin for the Whole Crew

Room for Passengers

Each of these small SUVs seats five. That’s all you need to know -- right? Wrong. There’s more to a vehicle than the number of butts it can hold. You’ve just got to look at the spec sheets to see the grander picture.

In the HR-V LX, passenger volume equals 100.1 cubic feet -- 14.1 more cu. ft. than the C-HR. The Honda HR-V also gains an edge in riders’ comfort, offering more shoulder room, front headroom, and rear legroom (nearly 8 inches more!) than the C-HR. That should appeal to shoppers on the hunt for a family-friendly crossover with a good amount of space in the back row.

2021 HR-V LX (2WD) 2021 C-HR LE
Passenger Volume 100.1 cu. ft. 86.0 cu. ft.
Headroom (front/rear) 39.5 in./38.3 in. 38.1 in./38.3 in.
Legroom (front/rear) 41.2 in./39.3 in. 43.6 in./31.7 in.
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 56.8 in./54.5 in. 49.0 in./52.5 in.
2021 Honda HR-V - Available Moonroof

Available Moonroof, for Good Measure

It’s easy to get caught up on passenger comfort, but don’t forget about creature comforts. Unlike the C-HR, the 2021 Honda HR-V EX and EX-L can also be had with an optional power-tilt moonroof. It’s the little things in life.

Room for Cargo

There’s a good chance that you’ll use your SUV to haul more than just people and pets. In those situations, you’ll appreciate HR-V’s cargo volume.

The 2021 Honda HR-V LX can carry up to 24.3 cubic feet behind its 2nd-Row Magic Seat (more on that in a bit) and up to 58.8 cubic feet to the front. It’s one of the most cargo-friendly compact SUVs in the segment, in fact.

The 2021 Toyota C-HR simply can’t keep up with HR-V’s cargo-carrying capabilities. In the very back, C-HR offers just 19.1 cubic feet of space. With the rear seat folded down, cargo capacity maxes out at 37.0 cubic feet.

2021 HR-V LX (2WD) 2021 C-HR LE
Rear Cargo Volume 24.3 cu. ft.* 19.1 cu. ft.
Max Cargo Volume 58.8 cu. ft.* 37.0 cu. ft.
2021 HR-V - 2nd Row Magic Seat

2nd-Row Magic Seat

Honda HR-V’s magical 2nd-Row Magic Seat is a game-changer. Instead of just laying flat or upright like the 60/40 split fold-flat seat in the C-HR, HR-V’s 2nd-row seat features cushions that can also flip up, allowing you to load items as tall as four feet (Tall Mode). You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Lower MSRPs for Everyone

Between comparable 2WD HR-V and C-HR trim levels, Honda’s SUV gains a pricing edge.

Starting at $21,020, the 2021 Honda HR-V is approximately 400 wallet-pleasing dollars less than the 2021 C-HR LE.

HR-V Sport and C-HR XLE trims are separated by over $500, which represents an even greater value when you consider HR-V Sport also comes with dual-mode paddle shifters, Sport pedals, roof rails, and glossy black underbody spoilers -- none of which are included in the C-HR XLE.

Only a few Hamiltons separate the HR-V EX and C-HR Nightshade Edition. On the features list, however, Honda HR-V EX comes out ahead, offering a one-touch moonroof with tilt, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Locks, and heated front seats. Priced at $25,820, the range-topping 2021 HR-V EX-L is nearly $700 less than the rival C-HR Limited.

2021 HR-V Trim MSRP MSRP 2021 C-HR Trim
LX $21,020* $21,445 LE
Sport $22,970* $23,480 XLE
EX $24,220* $24,245 Nightshade Edition
EX-L $25,820* $26,500 Limited


28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, & EX-L trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position. Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.

MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.