2019 Honda HR-V
- Refreshed front and rear styling
- New Sport and Touring trim levels
- New center screen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Honda Sensing suite adds multiple available safety features
- Part of the first HR-V generation introduced for 2016
- Average-size adults fit comfortably in the front and back
- Clever cargo solutions make it more versatile than rivals
- Better than most competitors on fuel economy
- Excellent outward visibility
- Climate control interface isn't as good as in other Honda vehicles
- Front seats are narrow and uncomfortable
- Engine noise and vibration are palpable
- Unimpressive power output results in lackluster acceleration
2019 Honda HR-V pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which HR-V does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
By the very nature of their size, subcompact crossover SUVs can't offer the practical benefits as larger SUVs. Check the spec sheets and you'll find that many don't even have as much cargo space as similarly priced compact hatchbacks. The 2019 Honda HR-V is one vehicle that does a great job of overcoming its size limitations, however. A thoughtful interior layout that includes the second-row Magic Seat that can flip up so you can carry tall items gives the HR-V more passenger room and greater storage space than others in the class.
Honda has also made improvements this year. New front and rear styling cues differentiate the 2019 HR-V from the last year, but you'll probably more interested in the expanded list of features. This includes a volume knob (the car had an annoying-to-use touch-sensitive volume slider before) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality for the 7-inch touchscreen. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver safety features is another new addition for EX trims and above. Shoppers looking for additional luxuries will be pleased with the new Touring trim, which bolsters the HR-V with LED headlights and foglights, alongside a power-adjustable driver seat and navigation system.
Unfortunately, The HR-V's underpowered engine is the same for 2019. Though fuel-efficient, the HR-V is slow and noisy when you mash the gas. Honda has also discontinued the manual transmission. We doubt many people were opting for it, but it helped make the most of the HR-V's available power. Overall, though, the HR-V's exceptional utility makes this pint-sized Honda a top pick in the class.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 HR-V is the least expensive crossover in Honda's stable, but thanks to the number of features offered, it doesn't have to feel like an econobox special. There are five trim levels available: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. All three models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 127 pound-feet of torque) and a CVT automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models except the Touring, which comes with the other models' optional all-wheel drive system.
Standard feature highlights for the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with Honda's Magic Seat feature, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
The Sport adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, roof rails, black-painted exterior trim, active noise cancellation, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 7-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system with an additional USB port and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.
The EX trim adds a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a passenger-side blind-spot camera (Honda's LaneWatch), and satellite and HD radio. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning and mitigation and adaptive cruise control) is also standard. It does without the Sport's styling features and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
Next up is the EX-L, which comes with leather upholstery, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Lastly, the range-topping Touring comes with unique wheels, LED headlights and foglights, an eight-way power driver seat and a navigation system with voice recognition
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda HR-V EX-L w/Navigation (1.8L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current HR-V has received some revisions, including a revised infotainment system and additional optional safety features for 2019. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's HR-V, however.
Noise & vibration2
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3.5
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite HR-V safety features:
- Honda LaneWatch
- Reduces blind spots by displaying an image of the lanes next to the HR-V's passenger side in the central touchscreen.
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
- Displays several angles when in reverse, including a top-down bumper view. Sport models add guidelines that move when the wheel is turned.
- Honda Sensing
- Added on EX models and above, this suite of safety features includes forward collision warning and lane departure mitigation.
Honda HR-V vs. the competition
2019 Honda HR-V
2019 Mazda CX-3
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3
The HR-V has a large cargo area and a clever second-row bench design, making it the undisputed champ when it comes to cargo versatility in this segment. But like others in the class, it's not much fun to drive. The Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, trades practicality for sportiness. Though rather small behind the rear seats, the CX-3 has a relatively powerful engine and dynamic handling that make it the driver's choice in the subcompact crossover group.
Honda HR-V vs. Nissan Kicks
The Kicks is Nissan's more conventionally styled replacement for the funky Juke. We like the Kicks' handling abilities, well-tuned CVT and relatively spacious interior. Its low starting price makes it considerably less expensive than the HR-V, and the Kicks is slightly more fuel-efficient. These benefits, however, are offset by below-average acceleration, uncomfortable front seats, and acres of hard plastic interior trim.
Honda HR-V vs. Jeep Renegade
Even though it's Jeep's smallest SUV, the Renegade doesn't disappoint when asphalt gives way to dirt. The Trailhawk model's all-terrain tires and raised ride height make it a better off-roader than any other vehicle in the class. The Renegade's roomy cabin and comfortable ride also make it a good choice for buyers who aren't interested in rock crawling. On the downside, the Renegade's fuel economy is much worse than the HR-V's, and its cargo area is smaller.
2019 Honda HR-V for Sale
The 2019 HR-V is the smallest crossover in the Honda family, but it's arguably the most practical offering in the subcompact segment. The trim levels are defined in the usual Honda fashion, which bundles all significant options together and offers them in tiers. Those shopping in the subcompact crossover segment shouldn't have much issue finding an HR-V trim that meets their needs.
The trims offered in the HR-V are LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. The base model LX is relatively basic but includes some nice modern necessities such as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connection and a USB jack. It also has 60/40-split folding rear seat with the Magic Seat function, which allows you to flip up the seat cushions to provide additional cargo-carrying space. This is a big part of what makes the HR-V useful.
Next is the Sport, which adds unique exterior styling elements and an upgraded rearview camera display. Although we aren't that fond of the infotainment system, you do also get a 7-inch touchscreen display, an additional USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and two more speakers than the base trim.
The price increase for the EX trim isn't much, and we believe it sets you up with the best value for your money. Some of the key items you get at this level include a keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, automatic headlights, heated front seats and side mirrors, automatic climate control, a passenger-side blind-spot camera (Honda's LaneWatch), and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features.
The EX-L primarily adds leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, while the top-trim Touring includes LED headlights, a power driver's seat and an onboard navigation system.
Shopping the HR-V against its competitive set, you'll quickly see that it presents a good value at every tier, including the top-of-the-line Touring. And with Honda's reputation for strong residual value, it's definitely worth checking out this subcompact before making any final decisions. You can begin comparing it against everything else in the segment without setting foot outside your door right here on Edmunds.
2019 Honda HR-V Overview
The 2019 Honda HR-V is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2019 Honda HR-V?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Honda HR-V and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 HR-V.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Honda HR-V?
2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,615. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $725 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $725 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,890.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is2.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,215. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $526 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $526 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,689.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is2.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,915. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $765 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $765 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,151.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is3.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,515. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $525 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $525 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$20,990.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is2.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda HR-V?
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