The 2023 Honda HR-V and 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross are two of the preferred subcompact SUVs. The Toyota was truly one of many 10-best-selling vehicles in the whole world final 12 months. Like a Massive Mac, nonetheless, reputation doesn’t mechanically equal the most effective accessible product. Neither is one in all our prime really useful selections of their phase. Yow will discover our prime selections right here.
The reliability and worth retention supplied by Honda and Toyota is simple, although, and there are in truth areas which can be class-leading (simply not many). Let’s take a better have a look at every in quite a lot of totally different classes to assist reply which could be a better option for you.
Learn our full 2023 Honda HR-V Evaluate
Learn our full 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Evaluate
Which has a nicer inside?
The HR-V inside is its best attribute, and aside from maybe the Mazda CX-30’s, a class-leading providing. It appears terrific, knobs and buttons click on with Audi-like precision, and supplies are prime notch. The place most SUVs at its value level have arduous plastic, the HR-V has soft simulated leather-based trim. This is applicable even to the midgrade Sport trim, pictured above, which even will get cool-looking fabric upholstery. Performance can also be sturdy with numerous helpful storage.
The Corolla Cross is nothing particular. It can also have some simulated leather-based on the sprint, nevertheless it’s a relatively plain setting with extra arduous plastic. High trim ranges are somewhat ritzier because of two-tone coloration selections that make issues somewhat dour. In the end, that is extra concerning the HR-V being distinctive.
Which has higher infotainment know-how?
The Corolla Cross will get Toyota’s newest infotainment system for 2023 (above proper), and though faster and prettier than earlier than, there are some usability points. As an illustration, it now not has bodily menu shortcut buttons that make it simpler to navigate – particularly when utilizing Apple CarPlay. Honda’s system nonetheless has these and is healthier for it. Now, not like the Corolla Cross, the HR-V has two infotainment choices. The bottom unit discovered within the LX and Sport measures 7 inches and is easier in operation, although nonetheless gives Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX-L will get a 9-inch display (pictured above left) with coloration graphics, a customizable residence display and completely docked menu icons. That is the one which appears extra akin to Toyota’s, however each are finally simpler to make use of.
Which has the larger again seat?
The HR-V (above left) has one of many greatest again seats in its phase, whereas the Corolla Cross is merely common. The specs again that up, with the HR-V measuring 37.7 inches of legroom versus the Corolla Cross’ 32.0 inches. The Toyota does have an additional inch of headroom, nevertheless it’s not like our heads have been within the Honda’s roof. The HR-V is a extra viable alternative as a household car.
Which has extra cargo capability and performance?
The HR-V’s cargo quantity is bigger on paper at 24.4 cubic-feet (pictured beneath left). In our real-world testing, although, the HR-V underwhelmed because of an angled liftgate opening that robs it of performance. We nonetheless managed to suit six suitcases, nevertheless it wasn’t simple. We’ve not examined the Corolla Cross (pictured beneath proper). On paper, it has 24 cubic-feet of cargo house behind its again seat with front-wheel drive and 21.5 cubic-feet with all-wheel drive or a hybrid powertrain. The Hybrid additionally loses its spare tire. If hauling stuff is essential to you, look to any of the next opponents: Ford Bronco Sport, VW Taos and Kia Seltos.
Which is safer?
Neither was absolutely crash examined by the NHTSA on the time of this writing. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security gave each the best-possible ranking of High Security Choose+. Solely their headlights acquired one thing apart from a prime mark, however have been nonetheless rated the second-best “Acceptable.”
By way of security gear, they’re equally geared up aside from the HR-V getting uncommon rear aspect airbags. Each come commonplace with ahead collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, and adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go functionality and lane-centering steering help. Blind-spot warning is commonplace on all however their base trim ranges. Regardless of having the identical options, we broadly take into account Honda’s system to be higher executed.
Which will get higher gasoline financial system?
Welcome to the win column Corolla Cross! It will get 31 mpg metropolis, 33 mpg freeway and 32 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive, after which 29/32/30 with all-wheel drive. It additionally affords one thing no different model does on this phase aside from Kia: a hybrid powertrain. The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, pictured beneath in S and XSE trim ranges, returns an distinctive 45/38/42 with its commonplace all-wheel-drive system.
The HR-V’s gasoline financial system is 26/32/28 with FWD and 25/30/27 with AWD. This isn’t solely decrease than the Corolla Cross, however greater than many rivals.
Which is extra highly effective?
This query is like asking “which of those tortoises is quicker?” The Corolla Cross and HR-V are two of the slowest new automobiles on sale at this time, and worse, are saddled with repeatedly variable transmissions that lead to loud, disagreeable droning noises. The Toyota does have extra energy at 169 horsepower versus 158, and 0-60 testing has proven it to be a few half-second faster. Each are within the 9-second vary, which once more, is actually sluggish. On the upside, the Corolla Cross Hybrid improves issues because it produces 196 horses and slices two seconds of the 0-60 time. This mix of energy and effectivity makes the Corolla Cross Hybrid essentially the most interesting powertrain of this pair, and doubtless gives the largest purpose to purchase the Toyota as a substitute.
Which is healthier to drive?
The Corolla Cross Hybrid’s additional energy most likely offers it the leg up right here, however when evaluating gas-only variations, we’d relatively drive the HR-V. It’s impressively refined for the phase with a extra substantial, refined really feel to the best way it goes round a nook and sops up bumps. The steering is sluggish and also you undoubtedly received’t take pleasure in your self behind the wheel as you would possibly in a Civic and even CR-V. The gas-only Corolla Cross is resoundingly blah to drive, and the “sport-tuned” suspension of the Hybrid doesn’t precisely make issues zestier. It additionally doesn’t hamper the expertise.
Which is extra comfy?
As talked about above, the HR-V has a extra substantial and complicated really feel to the best way it goes down the highway. We additionally barely want its seats and driving place, however after all, that’s a matter of private desire finest found throughout take a look at drives.
Are there variations that stand out greater than others?
Straightforward, the Corolla Cross Hybrid. Its gasoline financial system and efficiency characterize the principle causes to not solely select it over the HR-V, however different SUVs in its phase. The Hybrid can also be completely accessible in sport trim ranges (S, SE and XSE), which embrace a sport-tuned suspension (a relative time period), LED exterior lighting and sharper appears together with totally different front-end styling. The XSE is pictured beneath.
When was the final time they have been redesigned?
The HR-V was fully redesigned for 2023, and you may learn concerning the modifications in our first drive overview. The Corolla Cross was all-new for 2022 and acquired its infotainment system upgraded for 2023. The Hybrid additionally debuted in 2023.
Which is cheaper and affords extra gear?
Costs are nearly equivalent – it’s nearly like its product planners have been holding observe of what the opposite firm was doing! The HR-V EX-L prices greater than the range-topping XLE, however after sitting in each, you’d most likely agree it ought to price extra. It additionally has a bit extra commonplace gear (alloy wheels versus steelies, for example). Corolla Cross Hybrid pricing is about $2,000 greater than a comparably geared up gas-only Corolla Corolla Cross or HR-V. This appears cheap, particularly when you think about it consists of all-wheel drive and a big efficiency enchancment.