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 with its footprint.


2019 Mazda CX-3

Starting Price: $21,365 | Price yours

Above Average: Athletic handling, tons of cargo space when you fold down the back seats, striking styling and luxury interior appointments

Below Average: Back seat room is tight, not great for off-roading, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Consensus: The 2019 Mazda CX-3 melds great handling with luxury touches and wraps it in an affordable package.

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 somewhat underpowered and its 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 on 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, which makes the interior feel especially spacious. On the other hand, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 feels a touch cramped in the second row. For 2019 the CX-3 gets a new electronic parking brake that frees up more space, the front seats have been redone to make them more comfortable, and the Mazda gets a slight engine tweak for efficiency and to make it a bit quieter. On the road the CX-3 is engaging and fun to drive. You can opt for all-wheel drive at the higher trim and the interior at any level feels surprisingly upscale. Things like pushbutton start and available leather seating make it feel like a more luxurious SUV than some of its competitors.


Small subcompact SUVs that offer function and style 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 Mazda CX-3 Advantages

Great styling, luxurious interior, quiet and efficient engine, and athletic, fun-to-drive handling. 

Final Recommendation

While the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has great styling and athletic handling, it falls behind the 2019 Honda HR-V in terms of practicality. The interior space in the Honda HR-V makes it useful for hauling people and their stuff from point A to point B even if the engine is somewhat laggy. 

  2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Mazda CX-3
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.8-liter I4 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower 141 hp @ 6,000 rpm 148 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm 146 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable 6-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (28 city, 34 hwy) 31 mpg (29 city, 34 hwy)
Also Available NA NA
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 101.2 inches
Overall Length 170.4 inches 168.3 inches
Width 69.8 inches 68.1 inches
Height 63.2 inches 60.7 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 34.8 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 37.2 inches
Legroom, Front 41.2 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.3 inches 35.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.8 inches 53.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.5 inches 50.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.1 cu. ft. 87.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 58.8 cu. ft. 44.5 cu. ft.
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