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2019 Honda HR-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 6, 2019


Trends are ever-shifting, especially in today's age. A decade earlier, people would have expressed disgust at the mere thought of a small SUV. They were supposed to be big and burly, with enough power to tow your entire house around. Those were very different times before the oil crunch made the general public more appreciative of smaller, more frugal options. If Darwin 's theory of Natural Selection was applicable to cars, then the Compact SUV segment would be the next step in vehicular evolution.

The Honda HRV is one of the best offerings in the subcompact SUV segment, primarily due to its perfect middle-ground approach. It is the jack-of-all-trades, while also being the master of interior space, especially in the rear seats. The performance might not be the best, but for a starting price of $20,520, you can't really complain, can you?

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Impressive fuel efficiency

Excellent road visibility

Cons

Engine lacks punch

Seats aren't the most comfortable

Fit and finish not up to Honda standards

What's New?

All new exterior

New trims - Sport and Touring

Apple Carplay and Android Auto now standard

New safety features integrated in the Honda Sensing Suite


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20520

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

141 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

127 lbs.-ft @ 4300 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.4/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

102.8 in.

length

170.4 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

63.2 in.

curb weight

2902 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/30/34 mpg

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Honda HR-V in Crystal Black color  2019 Honda HR-V in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Honda HR-V in Milano Red color  2019 Honda HR-V in Misty Green Pearl color  2019 Honda HR-V in Modern Steel Metallic color  2019 Honda HR-V in Mulberry Metallic color  2019 Honda HR-V in White Orchid Pearl color
Crystal Black

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.2

Interior

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Honda HR-V LX

LX

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$20,520 - $21,920


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,520 MSRP (28/30/34) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,920 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda HR-V Sport

Sport

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$22,220 - $23,620


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,220 MSRP (28/30/34) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,620 MSRP (26/28/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda HR-V EX

EX

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$23,720 - $25,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,720 MSRP (28/30/34) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,120 MSRP (26/28/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda HR-V EX-L

EX-L

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,320 - $26,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,320 MSRP (28/30/34) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,720 MSRP (26/28/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Honda HR-V Touring

Touring

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$28,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $28,540 MSRP (26/28/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Modern Steel Metallic
  Platinum White Pearl
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Midnight Amethyst Metallic
  Orangeburst Metallic

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2019 Honda HRV is a simple and functional car that doesn’t occupy much real estate wherever it goes. It sips rather than gulps down fuel and keeps the passengers within as comfy as a typical sedan of equivalent value would. At a starting price of 20 grand, it isn’t too hard on your bank balance too. So, should you go out and splurge money on this little Honda? The competition is fierce in this segment, as every manufacturer wants a piece of the “commuter segment” pie. Does the HRV retain value in the face of competition? Let's move ahead and find out.

2019 Honda HR-V Front Three-quarter View
2019 Honda HR-V Front Three-quarter View
2019 Honda HR-V Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Honda HR-V Rear Three-quarter View

8.5/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Honda HR-V Features

8.5/10

Honda HRV 2019 model comes with 5 trim options; two new were added over the previous model. The 6-speed manual transmission is gone, which is fine since this was never an enthusiast’s car to begin with. The base variant has a simple CVT transmission, and all other trims get the same with flappy paddle manual mode. Anyone who has used Honda cars before will sing praises for its reliability and dependability.

Trim

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP 2WD

$20,520

$22,220

$23,720

$25,320

-

MSRP AWD

$21,920

$23,620

$25,120

$26,720

$28,540

Key Features

Electric Parking Brake with hill hold

Same as LX

Same as Sport

Same as EX

Same as EX-L

 

Projector-Beam Halogen

Honda LaneWatch

Auto-On/Off Headlights

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off

 

CVT with Sport Mode

With Manual Paddle Shifters

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature

Leather-wrapped gear knob

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic

 

Eco Assist system

Active Noise Cancellation

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

HomeLink Remote System

 

Hill Start Assist

Lane Keeping Assist System

Heated, Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Indicators

Leather trim seats

Way power adjustable Driver’s seat

 

Security System with Remote Entry

Adaptive Cruise Control

Heated front seats

   
 

Body-Colored, Power Side Mirrors

       
 

Roof Rails

       

We Recommend

The Sport trim is better than the base trim and comes at a marginal premium. It gets all the good options, including paddle shifter behind the steering wheel. The All-wheel drive variant won’t be missed if you don’t opt for it, as this is a car strictly meant for the Urban Sprawl.

2019 Honda HR-V Engine and Performance

7.2/10
Honda’s 2018 HR-V subcompact-crossover SUV isn’t fast by any means, but it is fun to drive…...but a few more ponies would be nice.-Kelley Blue Book

Hondas are known for their free revving and exciting engines. The 2019 model features the same engine as the 2018 HRV, and redlines at 6700 rpm, good for the segment, but not good enough for a naturally aspirated Honda. There are 148 horses under the hood, enough for a breezy drive from point A to B. The HRV won’t set your pants on fire, but nobody can argue with the price tag.

The Continuously Variable transmission smoothens your drive and makes for an extremely supple ride. It isn’t lightning fast, and noise and vibrations constantly creep into the cabin. While it isn’t prominent, it could be annoying on longer drives.

Models

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

21,300

$20,945

Engine

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

2-speed CVT with Overdrive

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed manual/7-speed automatic with auto-manual

6-speed automatic

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

Horsepower

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

The cars in this segment have the most diverse set of engines, from tiny 1.4 mills to moderate 2-liter ones. Some have turbochargers strapped on, while others breathe naturally. Then there is one boxer in the mix too. If you ever had an engine preference, you would be able to fulfill your wish here.

Hyundai Kona is currently the cheapest car in this segment, at a starting price of 19,500 USD. Buick Encore is the most expensive, starting at a base price of 23,200 dollars. They have a 2 liter naturally aspirated and a 1.4 turbocharged engine respectively. Subaru Crosstrek sports a liter boxer engine, which not only is the most powerful but also sounds the best.

Acceleration

Performance figures for 2019 cars are unavailable right now. As such, we have included the specs from 2018 Honda HRV. For comparison purposes, other cars also sport performance figures for their 2018 models.

The lack of manual gearbox for the 2019 HRV reduces its excitement factor. The CVT automatic is slow, programmed for efficiency and comfort rather than performance.

Models

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.3*

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

9.3

8.9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8*

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.8

16.6

Engine

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L H-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3*

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

6.3

7.1

Compared to the competition, the little Honda doesn’t feel too slow. Toyota CHR and Hyundai Kona are slower to the 60 MPH mark, while Buick Encore, Mazda CX3, and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are faster. The HRV sits right in the middle, sharing the spot with the Chevy Trax.

Ride and Handling

The little Honda prioritizes comfort over sportiness, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad handler. It isn’t fun, but perfectly functional. For the urban sprawl, this crossover is a great choice. Its tiny dimensions are perfectly suited to tight parking spots. It doesn’t encourage spirited cornering though.

The ride quality is fine, with the suspension sprung neither too stiff nor too soft. There is no scope for dirt at all unless you’re willing to shatter your backbone. Stick to the tarmac, and you shall be greeted with a comfortable ride.

Braking

The HRV gets a discs-all-around setup, great for shedding speed. The body too is quite light at 2906 pounds. An educated guess has us speculating the 60-0 stopping distance at just below 130 feet.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

9.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

2805

3,032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2019 cars haven’t been tested for panic braking, so there aren’t any figures to talk about. The only significant fact to mention here would be that currently, the 2019 Kona offers drum brakes at the rear as standard. This is quite disappointing, although final judgment is reserved for after brake testing.

2019 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy

Traditionally speaking, SUVs have never been fuel-efficient. Then again, traditionally speaking, compact cars have been very efficient. Now that the top engineers of the world have decided to combine these two traits together, how does it affect the fuel consumption? 28 MPG in the city, 34 on the highway, guess the compact genes won.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MPG (city)

28

27

27

26

29

23

25

24

MPG (highway)

34

31

33

31

34

29

33

30

MPG (combined)

30

29

30

28

31

26

28

27

The 2019 Crosstrek, with its wonderful boxer-4, is the least frugal car here. Its average economy figure of 26 MPG is the lowest in the segment. The Mazda CX3 is the most efficient here, achieving a class leading 31 MPG combined, followed closely the HRV.

2019 Honda HR-V Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 Honda HR-V ranks well among subcompact SUVs because it delivers ample passenger and cargo space. It also earns a lot of general praise from critics as a practical daily driver with great fuel economy and an upscale interior quality.-Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

Honda CRV used to be one of the most spacious soft-roaders to ever grace American shores. The HRV follows in the same footsteps, with the most spacious front and rear seats in the segment. The segment is composed of not-so-spacious cars though. Tall people in the rear don’t have enough room, and in the front, don’t leave much room.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft) Head room

39.5

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.8

39.6

39.4

Front (cu. ft) Shoulder room

56.8

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

56.7

54.1

56.2

Front (cu. ft) Leg room

41.2

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

43.1

40.8

41.6

Rear (cu. ft) Head room

38.3

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38

38.8

37.9

Rear (cu. ft) Shoulder room

54.5

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

55.6

52.8

55.5

Rear (cu. ft) Leg room

39.3

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

36.5

35.7

36.3

When compared to its competitors, the Honda doesn’t seem too small though. While none of the cars here have a spacious rear cabin, Toyota’s CH R is horribly cramped around the rear leg area. The HR V comfortably takes the lead here, with class-leading shoulder and legroom for its passengers.

Cargo volume

The biggest advantage of purchasing an SUV is the magnificent trunk space that comes along with it. Anyone who has ever used Honda HRV will attest to the fact that this car simply gobbles up your luggage. It would shame most sedans in the market, and hold the top spot in the segment.

The rear seats can fold traditionally with a 60:40 split for bulky luggage. Apart from that, you can also fold the seats upwards to use the under-seat area as well. As such you can fit taller cargo in the rear cabin and use the trunk for other luggage. Simple details like this add practicality poinbut a few more ponies would be nice.ts to the score.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

18.7

21.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

48.4

49.5

The Outlander Sport holds the second place when it comes to trunk volume. If you fold the seats, then the Crosstrek inches ahead to steal the second spot. The American contenders, i.e., the Buick and the Chevy, have the smallest trunks in the segment. Thankfully, they gain a lot more space with the rear seats folded.

Infotainment System

The Infotainment unit on the HR-V offers a 5-inch LCD screen as standard. Other standard features include:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Remote Entry
  • Apple Carplay

Interior Features

Some of the key highlights of the 2019 Honda HR-V's interiors are:

  • Leather-trimmed heated front seats
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Steering mounted paddle shifters
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • 60/40 split second-row seats
  • Illuminated center console
  • Illuminated door-sill trim

2019 Honda HR-V Exterior

The HR-V’s new front end, previewed earlier this year by its Japan-market cousin, the Vezel, seems to mirror that of the Civic and the CR-V, with a more prominent chrome grille insert and LED headlamps, at least on the model shown in the initial photos provided by Honda.-Car and driver

Dimensions and weight

On the exterior front, the Honda HR V wheels in at just over 170 inches. The wheelbase is just under 103 inches, which when combined with the high roof, liberate plenty of space inside. At 2900 pounds, the HR V is the lightest in the segment, which helps with handling as well as efficiency.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

2805

3,032

Length(in)

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

171.9

Width(in)

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

69.9

71.3

Height(in)

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.9

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

100.6

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

 

The Crosstrek Subaru has the most length, width, and height, giving it a very commanding stance. It also has the highest ground clearance, and it loves to take the beaten path. On the other side of the segment is the Kona. This little Hyundai is only 164 inches long, smaller than a few hatchbacks!

Design and styling

On the styling front, HRV doesn’t push any boundaries. The front grille is very reminiscent of the smaller Honda Fit, as are the headlights. The tail design has a slight hint of funk, with flowing lines on the trunk lid merging with the taillamps. The C-Pillars are thick, and integrate the rear door handles into their design. This leaves the rear doors clean and smooth and gives the car a Faux-2-door look.

Exterior Features

The HR-V sports a plethora of exclusive design elements that set it apart from the segment. Some of these highlights are:

  • Sport grille with black honeycomb pattern
  • Sport blackened side sills
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED Daytime running lights
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Rear spoiler

2019 Honda HR-V Safety

Standard safety features in the 2019 HR-V include:

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control

2019 Honda HR-V Competition

2019 Honda HR-V vs Chevrolet Trax

With an efficient powertrain together with spacious interior and large boot space, the HR-V is otherwise a tad similar to the Chevrolet Trax. But driving dynamics are better in the Japanese SUV and so are the features available in the base model. Priced similarly, the competition is stiff, however, due to Honda’s practicality, it sweeps the Chevy away.

2019 Honda HR-V vs Toyota C-HR

Both these cars are offered by two of the biggest Japanese Auto giants, and both these cars are the finest in the segment. Toyota, however, has a very peculiar exterior design, one which is highly subjective. If you like the looks of the CHR, then you can go for it. The Honda would still be our pick though.

2019 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3

Another Japanese car shootout, both these cars are neck to neck in all the significant criteria, such as price, power output, and even fuel efficiency. The Mazda is a better performer though, while the Honda has an unmatched amount of space in the cabin. While the CX3 is unmistakably fun, the HRV is too. Overall, the HR-V is a better all-rounder here.

2019 Honda HR-V Final Verdict

Save for the performance, the CR-V aces all the necessary criteria for buyers of these cars. You can easily fit in 5 adults in relative comfort, and arguably better than you can in some premium sedans. It also has a better road presence than a sedan, along with better visibility as well. The final verdict is a no-brainer; go buy!