2019 Honda HR-V vs Competitors

Overview

The Honda HR-V returns for the 2019 model year with two brand-new trims in its lineup. Since subcompact crossover SUVs are more popular than ever, Honda created a vehicle that sets itself apart from the competition. Its list of competitors includes the Toyota C-HR, Ford EcoSport, Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru Crosstrek. The 2019 HR-V stands out for its spacious and comfortable interior, fine standard features, excellent cargo capacity, outstanding fuel efficiency, and legendary Honda reliability. Below, we’ll show in more detail how the Honda HR-V compares to its competition.


 

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The Honda HR-V’s base price is about the class average, but it is still less expensive than the Toyota C-HR and Subaru Crosstrek by $2,300 and $1,300, respectively. Although it costs less than those two vehicles, the HR-V still boasts superior fuel economy and a more versatile interior. As Honda does, most vehicles in this class offer a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, plus a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Only Hyundai and Kia offer a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, Honda offers 24-hour emergency roadside service, Honda Care Maintenance, and a 5-year (unlimited miles) corrosion warranty.


Performance and Fuel Economy

The HR-V’s naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 141 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The Kona, CX-3, Crosstrek, and C-HR are equipped with a similar naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Soul and Kicks have a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and the Ford EcoSport is equipped with a turbocharged 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Only the Nissan Kicks’ EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 36 mpg highway rank higher than the HR-V’s. The HR-V ranks fifth in available horsepower, but the class-leading CX-3 has a mere 7 horsepower more. All vehicles in this class offer all-wheel drive, except for the front-wheel-drive-only Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks. The HR-V also has remarkable handling, compared to the competition, due to its quick turn-in and nicely tuned suspension.


Passenger Comfort and Amenities

The HR-V’s spacious and versatile interior helps to set it apart from the competition. It accommodates 24.3 cubic feet of space with the back seat in use, but the second-row Magic Seat also folds down in a 60/40 split to provide a class-leading 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear passenger seats are also remarkably comfortable, with more legroom than most of the competition. Like most vehicles on this list, the HR-V also offers easy smartphone integration with Bluetooth on the base trim and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto starting one trim level up.


Safety

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the HR-V, C-HR, Soul,
CX-3, and Crosstrek with a 5-star overall safety rating; the Nissan Kicks had not been rated as of this writing. All vehicles in this class, except the C-HR and EcoSport, were also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), due to exceptional results from crash-test simulations. On all vehicles in this class, you can expect available active driver-assistive technologies such as a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist, and an integrated backup camera with dynamic guidelines, but not necessarily on the base trim.