2019 Honda HR-V vs The Competition


The 2019 Honda HR-V brings to the table a remarkable set of standard features and some improvements for this model year. With two new trims levels added to its lineup, the Sport and Touring, and an all-new center infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the HR-V certainly holds its own within the subcompact crossover segment when compared to its competitors. Its rivals include the Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport, Kia Soul, Toyota CH-R, Jeep Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek, and Hyundai Kona, which presents itself as the HR-V’s top competitor. Pricing for these vehicles is fairly consistent across the board, with the HR-V’s MSRP starting at $20,520 (plus $995 Destination & Handling). The Jeep Renegade clocks in at the most expensive in the lineup with a starting MSRP of $22,025, and the Crosstrek, at $21,895, is also priced higher than the HR-V.

The subcompact crossover segment focuses on streamlining its features to the bare essentials for those looking for a simple yet efficient ride. Their small size makes these vehicles some of the most efficient on the market. The HR-V and the Kona are neck-and-neck in terms of fuel efficiency, with the EPA rating them for 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 27 city/33 highway, respectively. The Jeep Renegade comes in with the lowest fuel economy ratings, with an estimated 21 mpg around town and 29 mpg on the highway.


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The ‘19 HR-V offers an especially comfortable cabin with the most cargo capacity within the segment, as well as the most versatility in accommodating oddly shaped and oversized cargo. Honda’s unique Magic Seat comes standard and folds off the floor and out of the way to fit tall and large items such as kayaks and bicycles. The overall cargo capacity for the HR-V is 58.3 cubic feet of space – above-average in its class. Coming in close to the HR-V is the Crosstrek, which offers 55.3 cubic feet of total cargo space; the Toyota CH-R ranks on the low end, with a cargo capacity of 36.4 cubic feet.


The HR-V earned a perfect Overall Safety Score of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the Crosstrek was also awarded a five-star safety rating. The Ford EcoSport, on the other hand, came back with subpar crash-test results. All-wheel drive comes standard on the Subaru Crosstrek and is available on the HR-V and Kona. The domestics – the EcoSport and the Jeep Renegade – come in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, while the Kia Soul, Toyota C-HR, and Nissan Kicks are strictly front-wheel-drive.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.