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.
You can save thousands on your next vehicle by opting for a used Honda SUV from Clutch instead of shelling out big bucks for a brand-new one. But which used Honda SUV is right for you? We go through all four models to help you determine the right fit for you and your family.
Honda has had only a few SUVs and crossovers throughout its storied history. Let’s look at some more recent used Honda SUVs and determine if they fit your needs.
The Honda HR-V is the automaker’s entry-level crossover SUV. It’s based on the now-discontinued Honda Fit hatchback, which explains its subcompact body, which measures 4,294 mm long, 1,772 mm wide, and 1,605 mm tall. It rides atop a 2,610-mm wheelbase and weighs 2,721 to 2,835 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 998 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 688 litres of cargo room with the rear seats upright and 1,665 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 really excels is its fuel efficiency. It delivers fuel consumption ratings as low as 7.8 L/100 km combined with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 8.2 L/100 km combined with all-wheel drive (AWD). So, while its 1.8-litre four-cylindre engine’s 141 horsepower (hp) and 127 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.
Between 2016 and 2022, the Honda HR-V had three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. While the features changed over the years, the latest model years of the HR-V were relatively well-equipped in all trims.
The Honda HR-V LX came standard with:
The Honda HR-V EX builds upon the LX with:
The range-topping Honda HR-V EX-L Navi adds to the EX with:
Before the HR-V, 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, but the latest iteration, which ran from 2017 through 2022, was one of the best with its combination of style, class, and fuel efficiency.
The CR-V measured 4,626 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, and 1,689 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, the fifth seat being in the middle-rear area. Unlike the HR-V, however, this space is far more tolerable in the CR-VV, making it usable on short trips. However, you should only use this when absolutely 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 1,025 mm of legroom. This makes it plenty comfortable for taller teenagers and even adults.
As for cargo room, the CR-V is a great middle ground between the relatively tight HR-V and larger crossovers, as it has up to 1,110 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright and 2,146 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.
The Honda CR-V has one drivetrain option, a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylindre 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 7.7 L/100 km combined in FWD models and 8.1 L/100 km in AWD variants.
This powertrain and the larger body allow the CR-V to do something the HR-V cannot: tow up to 680 kg.
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 of choice.
The Honda CR-V went through some feature shuffling during its 2017 to 2022 run, leading to slight variations in the equipment in each model year. In the latest model year, though, the CR-V had loads of features and some surprisingly premium equipment in its range-topping Black Edition.
The CR-V has five trims to pick from: LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Black Edition. The standard features in the base-level Honda CR-V LX include:
The Honda CR-V Sport builds atop the LX with the following features:
The Honda CR-V EX-L builds upon the LX with the following features:
All-wheel drive (AWD)
The Honda CR-V Touring continues by building upon the EX-L trim with the following features:
Topping the lineup is the CR-V Black Edition, which builds upon the Touring model with the following upgrades:
The Honda Passport was the automaker’s first-ever SUV, but it was a 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.
After a long hiatus, the Passport returned in the 2019 model year as a shortened version of the popular Honda Pilot, measuring 4,839 mm long, 2,279 mm wide, and 1,835 mm tall. It rides atop a 2,817-mm wheelbase.
A used 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.
You may notice 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 has only been back on the market since 2019, but it already underwent a mild refresh in 2022. Other than that refresh, this midsize SUV has remained relatively unchanged, including its features.
The Honda Passport has only three trim levels: Sport, EX-L, and Touring. Let’s go over each one’s standard features.
The base Honda Passport Sport comes standard with the following equipment:
Honda Passport EX-L adds to the Sport trim with the following features:
The range-topping Honda Passport Touring adds to the EX-L trim with the following features:
The Honda Pilot is the largest of the used Honda SUVs, offering three rows of seating and room for up to eight passengers — seven passengers with second-row captain’s chairs. This big SUV measures 4,991 mm long, 2,296 mm wide, and 1,794 mm tall. It rides on a 2,820-mm wheelbase and weighs 1,916 to 1,969 kg.
The Honda Pilot checks many boxes, but it’s not right 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 975 mm of legroom, but the third row is best for younger kids because it has only 810 mm of legroom.
Cargo hauling is another specialty for the Honda Pilot, as it offers up to 3,092 litres of cargo room with both rear seating rows folded. With the third row folded, it offers a respectable 1,583 litres of cargo room. With the third row upright, things get very tight at just 510 to 524 litres of cargo space.
Powering the Pilot is the same 3.5-litre V6 as the Passport, delivering 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. This helps make the Pilot a capable tow machine, giving it a 1,588- to 2,268-kg capacity.
So, if you have a large family or need tons of cargo space and don’t mind a larger midsize crossover, the Honda Pilot is a good option for you. Plus, it’s a great alternative to larger full-size SUVs, like the Chevrolet Suburban.
The Honda Pilot has a robust lineup of trim levels for just about everyone. These trim levels include the Sport, EX-L Navi, TrailSport, Touring 8P, Touring 7P, and Black Edition.
The base Honda Pilot Sport comes standard with the following features:
Building upon the Sport trim, the Honda Pilot EX-L Navi adds the following features:
Next up is the Honda Pilot TrailSport, which builds upon the EX-L with the following features:
The Honda Pilot Touring 8P is the next trim level, and it builds upon the EX-L Navi with the following features:
The next trim level is the Honda Pilot Touring 7P, which builds upon the Touring 8P with the following features:
The top-of-the-line trim level is the Honda Pilot Black Edition, which builds upon the Touring 7P trim with the following features:
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