Honda has long been known for its reliable sedans and coupes, but it jumped into the SUV segment with the release of the 1994 Honda Passport. Today, Honda’s lineup includes four SUVs of varying sizes and capabilities to fit all types of buyers.
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The Honda HR-V is the automaker’s entry-level crossover SUV. It was once based on the now-discontinued Honda Fit hatchback, but a 2023 redesign brought in an all-new, more rounded and mature look similar to the larger CR-V. That said, it still features a subcompact body that measures 4,567.8 mm long, 1,840 mm wide, and 1,620.12 mm tall. It rides atop a 2,655-mm wheelbase and weighs 1,441 to 1,513 kg, depending on the trim level you choose.
The Honda HR-V is a tiny SUV that can technically seat up to five people, although the fifth person would be crammed in the rear, centre seat. However, it does have ample rear legroom at 958 mm, so it is fine for families of up to four people and even teenage kids.
If you’ve got a ton of cargo to haul, the HR-V is likely not the best Honda SUV for you, as it has up to just 691 litres of cargo room with the rear seats upright and 1,559 litres with the rear seats folded. This is spacious for its class but not enough for hauling anything large — especially if the rear seats are upright. So, it’s best for a family that does minimal hauling.
Where the HR-V excels is its fuel efficiency. It delivers fuel consumption ratings as low as 8.3 L/100 km combined with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 8.7 L/100 km combined with all-wheel drive (AWD). So, while its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine’s 158 horsepower (hp) and 138 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and available continuously variable transmission (CVT) aren’t overly inspiring, it will at least save you cash on your daily commute.
Despite being the brand's entry-level crossover, the 2023 Honda HR-V has much to offer. It comes standard with solid features, such as 17-inch aluminum wheels, an electronic parking brake, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster screen, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker audio system, and more.
The Honda HR-V also puts a lot of effort into keeping its occupants safe with high-end safety technology. The standard safety tech on the 2023 H-RV includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, traffic-jam assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
Before the HR-V arrived, the CR-V was Honda’s entry-level SUV, but now it’s the midrange model. The Honda CR-V has been through numerous changes throughout its lifespan, and it just went through a full redesign for the 2023 model year. This new look brings a more Accord-inspired theme, adding maturity and class to this compact SUV.
The CR-V measures 4,695 mm long, 1,940 mm wide, and 1,680 mm tall, making it slightly larger than the HR-V but still plenty maneuverable in tight city traffic.
Like the HR-V, the Honda CR-V has five seats. Unlike the HR-V, however, this space is far more tolerable in the CR-V, making that fifth middle seat usable on short trips. However, you should only use this when necessary and consider the CR-V mostly a four-seat crossover.
Overall, the CR-V is roomier in the rear seats than the HR-V, giving rear occupants a healthy 1,042 mm of legroom and 970 mm of headroom. This makes it plenty comfortable for taller teenagers and even adults.
As for cargo space, the CR-V is a great middle ground between the relatively tight HR-V and larger crossovers, as it has up to 1,113 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright and 2,166 litres with the rear seats folded. This is plenty of space for sporting equipment or groceries when hauling the kiddos around or for small furniture and other larger cargo with the rear seats folded.
Most 2023 Honda CR-V models have one drivetrain option, a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT. This setup delivers 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque and pairs with standard FWD or optional AWD. Fuel consumption checks in at 7.8 L/100 km combined in FWD models and 8.4 L/100 km in AWD variants.
The CR-V also has a hybrid variant, but it is only available in the range-topping Touring trim. The 2023 CR-V Touring Hybrid pairs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. This setup pairs with a CVT and standard AWD.
This powertrain and the larger body allow the CR-V to do something the HR-V cannot: tow up to 680 kg (453 kg in the hybrid model). So, if you plan to tow a small trailer or want ample cargo room without a huge footprint, the CR-V may be your used Honda SUV.
The 2023 Honda CR-V comes very well-equipped. Its standard features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch instrument cluster screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker audio system, and more.
It also has a long list of standard safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, traffic-jam assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
The Honda Passport was the automaker’s first-ever SUV, but it was part of a partnership between Isuzu and Honda. However, this was more of a badge-engineering partnership than a manufacturing partnership, so the Honda Passport was originally no more than a Honda-badged Isuzu Rodeo.
Still a sawed-off Honda Pilot, the 2023 Honda Passport measures 4,821 mm long, 2,279 mm wide, and 1,835 mm tall. It rides atop a 2,817-mm wheelbase.
The Honda Passport is a bit of a Goldilocks SUV with a “just right” size for the typical four-person family. It is not as large as the three-row Pilot, but its interior has loads of space, including 1,005 mm of rear legroom, which is plenty for most teens and adults.
It does have seating for five, and the middle seat has just enough room to fit a smaller child. An adult or teen may feel the squeeze after a few hours of riding in the middle seat. So, the Passport is ideal for a four-person family but can also work for five people.
This midsize SUV has less rear legroom than the compact CR-V. This is because Honda focused on the Passport’s cargo hauling with the rear seats up, which amounts to 1,430 litres. Fold that rear seat, and its cargo space explodes to 2,854 litres, making the Passport ideal for anyone who hauls a ton.
Under its hood, the Passport features a 3.5-litre V6 engine, which it shares with the Pilot and Ridgeline pickup. This engine injects 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control and out to all four wheels. This allows the Passport to tow up to 2,268 kg with the optional towing equipment or 1,588 kg without. So, if towing a medium-size trailer is in your future, the Passport is the used Honda SUV for you.
The Honda Passport comes pretty well-equipped too. Its standard features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, LED fog lights, a power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, a 7-inch instrument cluster screen, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, a touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a seven-speaker audio system, and more.
The Passport also has plenty of standard safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, traffic-jam assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
The Honda Pilot is the largest model in the Honda SUV lineup, offering three rows of seating and room for up to eight passengers — seven passengers with second-row captain’s chairs. This big SUV, which was redesigned in 2023, measures 5,077 mm long, 2,090 mm wide, and 1,803 mm tall. It rides on a 2,891-mm wheelbase and weighs 2,051 to 2,118 kg.
The Honda Pilot checks many boxes, but it’s not the perfect Honda SUV for everyone. Because of its size, this three-row SUV is best reserved for large families that need extra seating. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a whole lot of empty seats. Speaking of those seats, the second row is relatively roomy with 1,036 mm of legroom and 1,021 mm of headroom, but the third row is best for younger kids because it has only 826 mm of legroom and 998 mm of headroom.
Cargo hauling is another specialty for the Honda Pilot, as it offers up to 3,166 litres of cargo room with both rear seating rows folded. With the third row folded, it offers a respectable 1,685 litres of cargo room. With the third row upright, things get tight at just 618 to 635 litres of cargo space.
Powering the Pilot a 3.5-litre V6 that delivers 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. This helps make the Pilot a capable tow machine, giving it up to a 2,268-kg capacity.
The Honda Pilot has a robust lineup of trim levels for everyone. The base Honda Pilot Sport comes standard with wiper de-icers, LED fog lights, LED headlights and taillights, a power liftgate, ambient lighting, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster screen, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a seven-speaker audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, four USB ports, and adaptive cruise control.
The Pilot also has loads of safety technology standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, traffic-jam assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
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