2021 Honda HR-V vs. Competitors
Crossovers are in plentiful supply these days – so much so that it makes it difficult to settle on one model. If your wish list of crossover qualities starts with an affordable price tag, a decent amount of cargo space, and generous standard equipment, then you may already be looking at the 2021 Honda HR-V. This subcompact crossover is equal measures sporty and practical, perfect for the driver of any age who has places to go and stuff to take there. The pool of 2021 model-year competitors runs deep with the likes of the Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek, and Ford EcoSport. Here, we take a look at some important factors to consider and how the HR-V matches up to these rivals.
Cargo and Passenger Space
In our opinion, the HR-V is the most practical model in this segment, due in large part to its exclusive second-row Magic Seat, which offers remarkable accommodation for oversized cargo. None of the HR-V’s rivals can compete in this regard. And when that backseat is folded away, you get 55.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s greater than the cargo areas of the C-HR (37 cu. ft.), Kona (45.8 cu. ft.), Crosstrek (55.3 cu. ft.), and EcoSport (50 cu. ft.). To top it off, the HR-V yields 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume: more than the CH-R (86 cu. ft.0, Kona (94.1 cu. ft.), and EcoSport (91.1 cu. ft.). The HR-V even provides more second-row legroom (39.2 inches) than the C-HR (31.7 in.), Kona (34.6 in.), Crosstrek (36.5 in.), and EcoSport (36.7 in.)
Most automakers include at least a few advanced safety technologies even in their lowest-priced models. But while every crossover mentioned on this page has at least a basic array of those driver aids, Ford comes up a bit short with the EcoSport. It lacks a number of driver-assist features that are available with the HR-V, like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Furthermore, only the HR-V includes road departure mitigation (RDM), a potentially life-saving system that can determine when you cross over a detected lane without signaling and can administer steering assistance to help you return to your lane. RDM can even provide braking support to prevent you from veering off the roadway altogether. The Kona, Crosstrek, and EcoSport do not include a similar safety feature. The HR-V has available all-wheel drive, too, which a lot of car shoppers consider a must-have, but the C-HR is front-wheel drive only.
Most of the models here are in the same fuel economy ballpark, but the HR-V has an edge over some of its contenders with its EPA-estimated FWD 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. With AWD, the HR-V still achieves a notable 27 city/31 highway with the LX trim and 26 city/31 highway with the Sport, EX, and EX-L. The C-HR – which, as we just mentioned, is FWD only – returns 27 city/31 highway. The FWD Kona gets 27 city/33 highway; with AWD that changes to 26 city/30 highway. The FWD EcoSport accomplishes 27 city/29 highway and 23 city/29 highway with AWD.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).