The fast-growing subcompact crossover segment continues to welcome new models, but the 2019 Honda HR-V is one of the more established players among them. It makes the most of its size by offering ample passenger room and nifty ways to carry outsized equipment. Its thin acceleration is the trade-off you make to obtain outstanding fuel economy.
What's New for 2019
Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Honda HR-V benefits from numerous changes. All models feature new styling, including revised bumpers, grille, headlights, and taillights. Inside, the HR-V benefits from a new Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Two new trims, Sport and Touring, join the model lineup. The Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver-assist features is now available on the EX trims and above.
Choosing Your Honda HR-V
As one of three utility vehicles sold by Honda, the HR-V has two popular models ahead of it: the compact CR-V and the mid-size Pilot. The HR-V takes elements from both and uses its footprint to deliver a satisfactory product. On paper, seating is for five, but four is the ideal. Its storage space is quite good, measuring 24.3 cubic feet, or 53.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Its innovative “Magic Seat” arrangement means the rear seats can fold up as well as down, supplying enough space inside for a bicycle.
Honda equips the 2019 HR-V with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque and works with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available for $1,400 across the lineup except on the top-level Touring model, where it's standard.
The powertrain offers tepid power and a leisurely drive. In exchange for its modest-at-best power, the HR-V delivers very good fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive model earns an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 30 combined. Choose all-wheel drive and this model earns 27/31/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The 2019 HR-V comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. All packages are wrapped within their respective trims.
Choose the 2019 Honda HR-V Sport if you like a crossover with a flashier persona. However, if advanced safety features are desired, then the EX is where you’ll want to begin your search.
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