Innova Crysta vs Honda CR-V Comparison Review

Toyota Innova Crysta vs Honda CR-V Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
Honda CR-V’s '2.0 2WD AT’ variant costs 26.9 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Innova Crysta’s high-end 'ZX' (automatic) variant retails for 24.4 lakh, which is just 2.5 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the CR-V. Since the price difference is so small, does it really make sense, for someone buying a car for personal use, to go for a lumbering MPV like the Innova Crysta or is the CR-V better suited to his needs and wants?
Both cars have a couple of extra features which are missing in the other. The CR-V has Electric Sunroof and Steering mounted Gearshift paddles, while the Crysta has Driver’s Knee Airbag and Push Button Start & Smart Key.
(CR-V '2.0 2WD MT' costs 24.90 Lakh Rs. while Innova Crysta's 'ZX' manual variant costs 22.90 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Innova Crysta vs Honda CR-V Video Comparison Review:

Common Features: ABS, ESP, Airbags - 6, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Cornering Lamps, LED DRLs, Leather Upholstery, Cruise Control, Tilt & Telescopic Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer, Electric Tailgate Release

Extra Features in CR-V (2.0 2WD AT): Electric Sunroof, Gearshift Paddles
Extra Features in Innova Crysta (VX AT): Knee Airbag, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Mood Lighting

Performance & Drivability:
What is immediately apparent when you drive these two cars back to back, is the immense difference in refinement. The Innova Crysta sounds rather gruff and raucous even for a diesel. The CR-V on the other hand is not only far smoother and quieter than the Crysta, but it is one of the most free revving and sonorous sounding 4-cylinder petrol engines on the market. CR-V’s delectable gearshift paddles bring in even more fun to the party. In terms of performance the CR-V 2.0 AT is around a second quicker to 100 kmph than the Crysta 2.8, while the CR-V 2.0 manual is around 3 seconds quicker than the manual Crysta 2.4. CR-V’s 350 kg lighter kerb weight more than makes up for its lack of engine displacement compared to the Crysta.

Power (PS@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 150@3400, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 174@3400, CR-V 2.0 - 156@6500, CR-V 2.4 - 190@7000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 - 343@1400-2800, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 360@1200-3400, CR-V 2.0 – 190@4300, CR-V 2.4 - 226@4400
Kerb Weight (kg): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 1835, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 1855, CR-V 2.0 - 1490, CR-V 2.4 - 1600

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 81, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 94, CR-V 2.0 – 105, CR-V 2.4 - 119
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 187, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 194, CR-V 2.0 – 176, CR-V 2.4 - 191

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, both the manual as well as the automatic Crystas were over 1 kmpl more efficient than the respective CR-Vs.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 15.1, CR-V 2.0 (petrol, manual) – 13.7 (difference 1.4)
Innova Crysta 2.8 (diesel, automatic) – 14.29, CR-V 2.0 (petrol, automatic) – 13.7 (difference 0.6)
CR-V 2.4 (petrol, automatic) – 12.0

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Innova Crysta (diesel, manual) – 3.45, CR-V 2.0 (petrol, manual) – 4.45
Innova Crysta (diesel, automatic) – 3.65, CR-V 2.0 (petrol, automatic) - 4.45

Space & Comfort:
The Crysta VX’s middle-row captain seats cause a bit of a problem, if you want to carry five passengers along with their weekend luggage. The fifth passenger has to sit in the slightly uncomfortable 3rd row and on top of that, Crysta’s 300 litre boot is unable to swallow all the luggage which spills over to the remaining seat of the third row. The CR-V’s middle-row bench easily accommodates three passengers, with their luggage sparsely filling up its 589 litre boot-space. The 8-seater configuration of the VX & GX variants of the Crysta eliminates this problem allowing the third row to be folded, liberating a massive 758 litres of boot-space.

Length (mm): Innova Crysta – 4735, CR-V – 4545
Width (mm): Innova Crysta – 1830, CR-V – 1820
Height (mm): Innova Crysta – 1795, CR-V – 1685

Ride Quality & Handling:
Crysta is no match to the uncannily car-like handling capabilities of the CR-V. The sheer responsiveness and poise of the CR-V’s chassis coupled with a precise and direct steering rack makes the CR-V akin to a hot-hatch than a crossover-SUV. In comparison, the Crysta feels dull, lethargic and disconnected to the tarmac. The Crysta claws back some lost ground with its all-conquering ride quality which isolates the occupants from the worst of the National Highway Authority of India’s creations. Whereas the CR-V though reasonably comfortable itself, does have a slight hard edge to its ride.

Ground Clearance (mm): Innova Crysta – 176, CR-V – 170

Tyre Size:
Innova Crysta – 205/65R16 (GX/VX), 215/55R17 (ZX)
CR-V - 225/65R17

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Toyota and Honda are well known for the bulletproof reliability of their vehicles. However, Honda lags far behind Toyota in terms of Service Support in our country. Toyota’s well equipped service stations with expertly trained staff are leagues ahead of Honda’s complacent dealerships.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Innova has held much better residual value over the CR-V over the past decade and will continue to do so over the next decade as well, owing to its diesel appetite and world-class service support.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 13.75, CR-V 2WD MT (Petrol manual) – 14.20
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 14.65, CR-V 2WD AT (Petrol automatic) - 15.35

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Crysta works out to be almost 3 Lakh Rs. or roughly 20% cheaper than an equivalent CR-V over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 12.60, CR-V 2WD MT (Petrol manual) – 15.20
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 13.40, CR-V 2WD AT (Petrol automatic) - 16.20

Well, you cannot go wrong with either of these cars. The Innova Crysta is a genuine all-rounder. It can accommodate either extra luggage or extra passengers over the CR-V and can handle the worst of road conditions without even breaking a sweat, all of which makes it THE best Taxi available in India, bar none. But it has a few failings as a personal car. Its clattery engine, heavy steering, stiff clutch and slightly notchy gearbox can get tiresome to the driver. Its pick-up truck resembling dynamics, spoil all the fun on curvy roads, and its ginormous proportions affect its maneuverability in urban traffic. The CR-V fares much better than the Crysta on all these parameters. It is amongst the top 5 bestselling cars in the US today. It has been developed to meet the stringent performance, dynamic, quality and safety expectations of customers in developed markets. It wins this test for being a better personal car than the Innova Crysta.

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