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2019 Honda HR-V

Starting Price: $21,515 | Price yours

Above Average: Good ground clearance, spacious interior, great fuel economy

Below Average: Somewhat underpowered and noisy, lacks standard safety features at the entry level

Consensus: The 2019 Honda HR-V is the workhorse of the subcompact SUV scene, with one of the most spacious interiors for a vehicle its size.
 

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2019 Chevrolet Trax

Starting Price: $22,195 | Price yours

Above Average: Advanced driver safety and assistance, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come at the entry level, peppy and fun to drive, optional all-wheel drive

Below Average: Lower resale value, higher ownership costs, so-so fuel economy

Consensus: The 2019 Chevrolet Trax takes the efficiency and affordability of a subcompact car and puts it in a subcompact SUV format.
 

The 2019 Honda HR-V combines a wealth of space, practicality and nice-enough interior to make it a good subcompact SUV. For 2019 the Honda HR-V gets some updated styling and (for those who can’t stand the sliding volume control on most Honda infotainment systems) a volume knob! They’ve also added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To get safety features like forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning you have to step up to the EX trim level. The HR-V feels a bit underpowered, and the 141-horsepower 1.8-liter engine tends to feel somewhat sluggish when paired with Honda’s CVT transmission. The ride, however, is comfortable and smooth. The interior space in the 2019 HR-V is ample for such a small SUV. Honda’s Magic Seat flips up so you can carry taller items in the second row, and when it’s up the interior feels especially spacious. The 2019 Chevrolet Trax is a comfortable subcompact SUV packed with good technology and driver safety and assistance packages. On the road it feels nimble and it gets better fuel economy than competitors like the Mazda CX-3 and the Jeep Renegade. The front seats are comfortable for long weekend jaunts, and while it’s not super quiet at highway speeds, it’s still quiet enough to have phone conversations via Bluetooth. In addition, the Trax comes with built in 4G LTE wi-fi in case your passengers want to surf the web while you drive. Inside the Trax is modern and attractive with ample room for passengers and their cargo.

Similarities

Small SUVs that offer function and styling at a very good price.

2019 Honda HR-V Advantages

Ample interior space, a comfortable ride with natural-feeling steering. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also a bonus.

2019 Chevrolet Trax Advantages

In-car wi-fi, comes at the entry level with safety and driver assistance features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Final Recommendation

The 2019 Honda HR-V wins this comparison for its higher resale value and lower ownership costs over the long term. While the 2019 Chevrolet Trax is a solid contender, it falls down against the HR-V when it comes to fuel efficiency, too. 

  2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Chevrolet Trax  
Popular Powertrains      
Engine 1.8-liter I4 1.4-liter I4  
Horsepower 141 hp @ 6,500 rpm 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm  
Torque 127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm  
Transmission Continuously Variable 6-spd automatic  
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (28 city, 34 hwy) 28 mpg (25 city, 33 hwy)  
Also Available NA NA  
Specs      
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles  
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars  
Max Seating Capacity 5 passengers 5 passengers  
Wheelbase 102.8 inches 100.6 inches  
Overall Length 170.4 inches 167.6 inches  
Width 69.8 inches 69.9 inches  
Height 63.2 inches 64.9 inches  
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 35.4 feet  
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.6 inches  
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.8 inches  
Legroom, Front 41.2 inches 40.8 inches  
Legroom, Rear 39.3 inches 35.7 inches  
Shoulder Room, Front 56.8 inches 54.1 inches  
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.5 inches 52.8 inches  
EPA Passenger Volume 100.1 cu. ft. 92.8 cu. ft.  
EPA Cargo Volume 58.8 cu. ft. 48.4 cu. ft.   
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