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

, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 28, 2018

Model Preview

The Honda HR-V will see some important updates for the 2019 model year. The most significant changes will involve the addition of Honda Sensing, a revised front end and a new infotainment system.

The overall looks of the HR-V will largely continue unchanged, with a small and nimble platform based on the Fit hatchback. Up front, the most noticeable update is a thick chrome grille akin to the redesigned Accord.

The cabin will continue to feature the automaker's Magic Seats with the ability to fold into different modes for flexibility. One of the more popular ones is the ability to fold up the rear in order to carry tall items.

For 2019, buyers get a revised infotainment system that adds a physical volume knob. As before, the HR-V supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something that can't be said for some of the vehicle's competitors. Honda says the vehicle's sound insulation has been improved to provide a quieter ride.

Under-the-hood specs have not yet been announced. Expect to see the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. However, Honda has discontinued the vehicle's 6-speed manual transmission and all HR-Vs will now come with a CVT. As before, buyers can choose either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

In terms of safety, the model will finally gain Honda Sensing as an available feature. You'll find it optional in the LX and standard in all other versions of the HR-V. The system includes auto emergency braking, lane-keeping, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise capability.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Honda HR-V will go on sale July 24.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2018 HR-V ranges from $20,665 for the entry-level LX with manual transmission. Opting for the automatic adds $800 for an MSRP of $21,465.

Prices range up to $27,535 for a fully-loaded EX-L model with navigation and all-wheel drive. Our analysis finds deep discounts to be rare on the HR-V due to its relatively slim profit margins for dealers.

Having said that, you can generally find an affordable range of lease deals. Financing incentives remain fairly attractive, although Honda never offers any sort of 0% financing promos or rebates.

Key competitors include the Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR and Chevy Trax.

Learn about the current HR-V on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 HR-V

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