Two standouts in the subcompact SUV class are the 2019 Honda HR-V and the 2019 Chevrolet Trax. Each offers a distinct set of attributes that make it a top contender. Want to know which one is right for you? Then keep reading.
2019 Honda HR-V vs 2019 Chevrolet Trax
The Honda HR-V gets a thorough refresh for 2019 that includes an updated front and rear fascia; two new trim levels (Sport and Touring) and a new center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New safety features have also been added to the Honda Sensing suite. As for the Chevrolet Trax, it carries over virtually unchanged from the previous model year.
For 2019, the HR-V is available in five distinct trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. The Trax, on the other hand, is available in three versions including LS, LT and Premier. Both SUVs are compact and nimble; the Honda is 170.4-in. long, while the Chevy is 167.6-in long.
Outside, each of the vehicles offers a uniquely pleasing appearance. But because the Honda was just updated, it looks more modern than the Chevy, which hasn’t been overhauled in five years.
The cabin, which is of utmost importance to any SUV, is where the HR-V really shines; it packs 58.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume, while the Trax offers only 48.4 cu. ft.
At the same time, the Honda has 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume while the Chevy has only 92.8 cu. ft. The interior of the Japanese SUV also features a configurable cargo area complete with a Magic Seat that flips up to accommodate large items in the second-row.
Capability and efficiency come standard in both the HR-V and Trax. The Honda comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder (141 hp, 127 lb.-ft.) backed by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available.
Meanwhile, the Chevy is powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder (138 hp, 148 lb.-ft.) paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the default layout and all-wheel drive is available as an option.
While both SUVs are agile and efficient, the HR-V ekes out a couple more miles per gallon than the Trax. The Honda also offers exceptional ground clearance that helps it traverse the backroads.
The subcompact SUV segment is extremely competitive, so the HR-V and Trax both come prepared with the latest equipment. Available highlights for the Honda include a large touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a touch-based automatic climate control system. The Trax is also offered with a list of tech goodies like a touchscreen media center and onboard Wi-Fi.
Additionally, both SUVs are available with the latest driver assistance functions such as adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning and more. But only the Honda offers LaneWatch – a function that displays the passenger side lane on the infotainment display.
Which should you choose?
While both the HR-V and Trax are noteworthy entrants in their class, the Honda is roomier and has more horsepower. Plus, it’s back by Honda’s world-renowned dependability and exceptional resale value. Stop by Honda of Clear Lake today to check out new Honda models in our inventory – including the 2019 HR-V.