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The CR-V compact crossover SUV and the Civic compact car are two of the most popular models in the Honda lineup. They also have some similarities, including the CR-V originally sharing the same platform with the Civic. However, the 2023 Honda CR-V has one big advantage over the 2023 Honda Civic for those deciding between the two vehicles. It has a roomier interior.

2023 Honda CR-V has a roomier interior than the 2023 Honda Civic

Front angle view of gray 2023 Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV
2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

The 2023 Honda Civic is larger than the 2023 Honda Civic. This is especially the case in 2023 with the redesign of the CR-V. And for the redesign, there’s a size increase, resulting in a roomier interior for the compact SUV. 

Both Honda vehicles can seat up to five people. However, the CR-V has a total passenger volume of 104 cu-ft, compared to 99 cu-ft for the Civic compact car. Also, the extra passenger space makes the most significant difference for the rear seats. The CR-V provides 41 inches of rear legroom, while the Civic has 37.4 inches.

Furthermore, the CR-V offers more storage space. Behind the rear seats, the CR-V has 39.3 cu-ft of cargo space — and 76.5 cu-ft in total. In comparison, the Civic has a total storage capacity of 14.8 cu-ft for the Sedan and 24.5 cu-ft for the Hatchback. For both people and cargo, the CR-V provides more space.

2023 CR-V also has a more upscale cabin than the 2023 Civic

Front angle view of red 2023 Honda Civic compact car
2023 Honda Civic | Honda

Along with being roomier, the cabin in the 2023 Honda CR-V is more upscale than in the 2023 Honda Civic. The interior of the compact SUV is more luxurious, with a more premium look and feel, as well as a liberal use of high-quality materials — especially for the upper trims.

Also, the CR-V offers interior features that are not available in the Civic compact car. This includes ambient lighting for the door handles, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support, and an air filtration system. Also, there are other features that are standard for all CR-V models — but optional for the Civic, so you have to pay extra.

Other strengths of the Honda CR-V over the Civic

Black seats in 2023 Honda CR-V crossover SUV
2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

The 2023 CR-V has some other strengths over the 2023 Civic. As mentioned earlier, the CR-V is redesigned. In addition to the size increase, the compact SUV has attractive new styling, highlighted by the large upright grille, sleek roofline, and long hood. Conversely, the Civic is primarily a carryover model. If you desire the newest and freshest look for a Honda vehicle, then the CR-V is likely the preferred choice.

Also, unlike the Civic, the CR-V offers a hybrid model in the United States. While a hybrid version of the Civic is planned for the American market in 2024, for the 2023 model year, a fully gas-powered model is the only option. The CR-V Hybrid has a new hybrid powertrain, which gets an estimated gas mileage of up to 40 combined mpg, compared to 36 combined mpg for the Civic.

Also, the CR-V is better than the Civic for driving in adverse weather conditions, including snow, as well as for light off-road use. This is because it offers a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system. However, the Civic only comes equipped with front-wheel drive. Also, the CR-V has higher ground clearance (up to 8.2 vs. 6.7 inches) than the Civic. 

Additionally, unlike the Civic, the CR-V is rated for towing. While not a towing powerhouse like a full-size SUV or pickup truck, it can tow up to 1,500 pounds. 

Furthermore, the CR-V is safer than the Civic. It earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, which is the highest IIHS safety rating. On the other hand, the Civic received the second-tier IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

However, the element that gives the 2023 Honda CR-V compact SUV the biggest advantage over the 2023 Honda Civic compact car is its roomier interior. If you’re choosing between the two Honda models, the more spacious cabin is a crucial factor to consider.


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