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2019 Honda HR-V: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - November 09, 2017

Model Preview

The Honda HR-V has been a pretty good seller since debuting for 2016. Its tiny footprint, roomy cabin and huge cargo area have all helped make it a great buy. We expect its popularity to extend into the 2019 model year, which is when we could see a mid-cycle refresh.

Though official details are not available yet, we could see the HR-V getting a nice freshening in its fourth model year. This would go right along with the typical lifespan of a crossover. If this proves true, expect the HR-V to retain most of its general styling. Expect changes to its headlights, fog lights, fenders, hood, and bumpers to help make it look new.

Refreshes generally don’t have too much effect on the interior, but there are a few issues that Honda needs to address inside the HR-V. Ideally, we would expect to see revised front seats with a little more support, an updated infotainment system on upper trims that is easier to use, and a little more insulation to help keep the noise down a bit.

2018 Honda HR-V

In a refresh, we’d expect Honda to change nothing about the HR-V’s powertrain. It would likely retain its current 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower, continuously variable transmission and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive would, of course, likely remain an option.

As is typical for small vehicles, the HR-V struggles in crash tests, as it received just an “Acceptable” rating in the IIHS’ small-overlap test. It also received an abysmal “Poor” rating in the headlight test. It also lacks some of the more advanced safety features, like automatic emergency braking, which should be added by the time the 2019 model rolls around.

Pricing & Release Date

It’s too early for an official release date on the 2019 Honda HR-V, but you should expect it sometime in mid-2018.

Pricing shouldn’t see a big increase relative to the current HR-V, which ranges from $21,310 to $27,280 (destination fees included).

The competitors for the HR-V will include the Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and the Jeep Renegade.

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Pictured: 2018 HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

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