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2020 C-HR vs. HR-V Comparison

Like many vehicles in this newer class of vehicles, both of these compact crossovers have unique advantages. Drivers can enjoy their car-like fuel-efficiency and handling combined with the ride height and cargo space of an SUV.

To that end, the 2020 C-HR has an EPA-estimated 27/31/29 MPG (city/hwy/comb), it delivers 144 horsepower, and it features a sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension with angled strut bearings and a large-diameter stabilizer bar to help the vehicle's front end respond quickly and precisely.

The 2020 HR-V has a slightly less powerful 141 horsepower engine and has an EPA-estimated 28/34/30 (city/hwy/comb) MPG. The 2020 HR-V also has MacPherson strut front suspension with a front stabilizer bar.

Both the C-HR and HR-V come with complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance plans, but only C-HR’s ToyotaCare includes a factory-scheduled maintenance plan that lasts two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Honda’s Roadside Assistance lasts for 3 years/36,000 miles, but does not include factory-scheduled maintenance.

In this comparison, we take a deep dive into safety, performance, and reliability features. Which compact crossover will come out ahead?

interior of 2020 C-HR

Safety

  • The C-HR comes standard with 10 airbags including a knee airbag. The Honda HR-V has 6 without knee airbags.
  • Every 2020 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
  • The Honda HR-V base trim lacks TSS-P comparable features that come standard on the Toyota C-HR base trim.

Toyota has a long history of reliability. Keeping you and yours safe plays a big part in that.

Standard Safety Features

Every 2020 Toyota C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features. This includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Although the standard trim Toyota C-HR LE has a $21,295 starting MSRP and the Honda HR-V starts at $20,820 MSRP, consumers will need to purchase a HR-V EX or higher (starting at $23,970 MSRP) to take advantage of comparable driver-assistance safety features to TSS-P. The comparable Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies only come standard on the higher grades of HR-V: EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.

The C-HR comes standard with 10 airbags including driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbags. The 2020 Honda HR-V does not include driver knee airbag or rear-seat mounted side airbags. HR-V includes a total of 6 airbags.

Both the 2020 C-HR and HR-V received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHTSA.

2020 c-hr driving through a tunnel

Performance

  • The Toyota C-HR with a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engine produces 144 horsepower. The Honda HR-V produces 141.
  • All 2020 Toyota C-HR trims have an EPA-estimated 27/31/29 MPG (city/hwy/comb). The 2020 Honda HR-V LX 2WD has an EPA-estimated 28/34/30 MPG (city/hwy/comb).

Equipped with a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engine with 144 horsepower, the 2020 Toyota C-HR outperforms the 2020 Honda HR-V which produces 141 horsepower. All 2020 Toyota C-HR trims have an EPA-estimated 27/31/29 MPG (city/hwy/comb). However, the 2020 Honda HR-V LX 2WD has an EPA-estimated 28/34/30 MPG (city/hwy/comb).

Sport-Tuned Suspension

As mentioned, these compact crossovers often combine some of the key aspects of driving a compact car and a small SUV. The C-HR’s sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension with angled strut bearings and a large-diameter stabilizer bar help the vehicle's front end respond quickly and precisely. The Toyota C-HR comes standard with a multi-link rear suspension with coil springs, trailing arms, stabilizer bar, and hydraulic shock absorbers for a smooth ride.

Honda also has a MacPherson strut front suspension with a front stabilizer bar. The Honda HR-V has Torsion-Beam Rear Suspension for their 2WD trim with a stabilizer bar.

close up of 2020 C-HR headlights

Reliability

  • Toyota was named Kelley Blue Book®’s Best Resale Value Brand for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • J.D. Power awarded the 2020 Toyota C-HR LE FWD with an 82 Quality and Reliability rating.
  • Every model, including the 2020 Toyota C-HR, comes with ToyotaCare which includes Roadside Assistance.

Toyota is known for its reliability. Every model, including the 2020 Toyota C-HR, comes standard with ToyotaCare.

Kelley Blue Book Awards

ToyotaCare includes a factory-scheduled maintenance plan that lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. It also features a roadside assistance plan that lasts for two years and unlimited miles.

The 2020 Honda HR-V comes with Honda Roadside Assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles, but additional maintenance services come at an additional cost with the Honda Care Extended Warranty.

J.D. Power awarded the 2020 Toyota C-HR LE FWD with an 82 Quality and Reliability rating over the 2020 Honda HR-V EX 2WD CVT which scored a 75.

Toyota was also named Kelley Blue Book®’s Best Resale Value Brand for 2017, 2018, and 2019 while Honda ranked 7th in 2017, 9th in 2018, and 7th in 2019.

2020 C-HR parked in a tunnel with abstract light

Conclusion: C-HR vs. HR-V

  • Both the 2020 C-HR and Honda HR-V received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHTSA.
  • Every 2020 Toyota C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features.
  • All 2020 Toyota C-HR trims have an EPA-estimated 27/31/29 MPG (city/hwy/comb). The 2020 Honda HR-V LX has an EPA-estimated 28/34/30 MPG (city/hwy/comb).

These vehicles are worthy opponents for their class. Both the 2020 C-HR and Honda HR-V received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHTSA.

Every 2020 Toyota C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features. The comparable Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies only come standard on the higher grades of HR-V: 2020 Honda HR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.

All 2020 Toyota C-HR trims have an EPA-estimated 27/31/29 MPG (city/hwy/comb). The 2020 Honda HR-V LX has an EPA-estimated 28/34/30 MPG (city/hwy/comb).