The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross vs. the Honda HR-V: How Do They Compare? –

Small SUVs are some of the most affordable ways to get around. They’re easy to live with, too, as they pack a lot of space into an easy-to-park form.

The Honda HR-V is that company’s smallest and most affordable vehicle in the U.S. It’s all-new for the 2023 model year and is already considered one of the best subcompact SUVs on the market. The Toyota Corolla Cross was all-new for 2022—new enough that Americans are still learning that there’s now an SUV with the legendary Corolla name.

Let’s take a closer look at these small SUVs and find the right one for you.

2023 Honda HR-V

the slingshot
HR-V was completely redesigned for the 2023 model year. The new HR-V is larger than the one it replaced, with a more refined interior and improved cabin technology. Pricing starts at $23,800.

Highlights of the Honda HR-V

Classy interior: Both models have beautiful interiors. But the HR-V feels a cut above its competition. A honeycomb line cuts across the dash horizontally, adding a modern aesthetic where other subcompacts feel basic. Available leather seats include interesting stitching patterns. It’s a more polished look than what we’re used to seeing in this class.

Rear seat space: Some small SUV buyers rarely use the rear seats. However, if you’re going to carry passengers in yours regularly, they’ll appreciate that the HR-V has much more second-row legroom and shoulder room than the Corolla Cross. It’s now among the largest vehicles in its class, and Honda used much of that space to be kind to rear-seat passengers.

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Active Noise Cancellation: We expect to find active noise cancellation systems in high-end cars. But arguably they are not needed there. In a class of cars, this affordable, road and wind noise is more common. Honda uses a high-tech system to silence them, and it shows.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross


Everyone knows the Toyota Corolla name – it’s the best-selling nameplate in history. last year toyota
took advantage of that fact to introduce a new compact SUV smaller than its popular RAV4 under the name Corolla Cross. The 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross offers legendary Toyota reliability in a compact package with available all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $23,060.

Highlights of the Toyota Corolla Cross

Better fuel economy: It won’t cost you much to own the Corolla Cross. Its 32 mpg combined tops the HR-V’s 28. He doesn’t get there by skimping on horsepower, either. The Toyota has 11 more than the Honda option. This year, a Corolla Cross Hybrid will be available with an estimated 37 mpg combined and 194 horsepower.

Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: All Corolla Cross trim levels come with standard Apple Wireless
CarPlay and Android Auto. The HR-V has them, too, but only in more expensive trim levels.

Rear seat air vents: The HR-V may offer more space in the rear seats, but the Corolla Cross offers air conditioning vents for second-row passengers. Many automakers skimp on heating and cooling rear seats at this price. Toyota includes a button to turn off the rear seat vents if you don’t have anyone in there.

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Americans have debated whether Toyota or Honda offer better reliability and resale value for decades because both brands are fantastic at both. These are the smaller SUVs of the two most bulletproof brands on the market, and they have more in common than differences.

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Both the Honda HR-V and the Toyota Corolla Cross are excellent options. We’re discussing small differences like a few inches of shoulder room and added ventilation to try to tell them apart because they’re both solid and similar options. We slightly prefer the interior styling of the HR-V, but you can’t go wrong with either.

2023 Honda HR-V 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross
starting price



popular powertrains


2.0 liter I4

2.0 liter I4


158 horsepower at 6500 rpm

169 horsepower at 6600 rpm


138 pound-feet at 4,200 rpm

150 pound-feet at 4400-4800 rpm




fuel economy

26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg

31 city/33 highway/32 combined mpg

also available


AWD; hybrid


basic guarantee

3 years/36,000 miles

3 years/36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/60,000 miles

5 years/60,000 miles

NHTSA General Safety



Maximum seating capacity



distance between axis

104.5 inches

103.9 inches

Total length

179.8 inches

175.6 inches


72.4 inches

71.9 inches


63.4 inches

64.8 inches

turning diameter

35.1 feet

35.4 feet

Clearance, front

39.4 inches

39.5 inches

Head room, rear

38.0 inches

39.1 inches

Legroom, front

41.9 inches

42.9 inches

Legroom, rear

37.7 inches

32.0 inches

Shoulder room, front

56.6 inches

52.7 inches

Shoulder room, rear

55.2 inches

52.4 inches

Cargo volume

24.4/55.1 cu ft

26.5 FWD/25.2 AWD

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