August 16, 2018
The Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover, making it a mid-size vehicle perfect for just about anyone. For 2019, Honda decided to update the model with new technologies and performance features. These upgrades add value to a vehicle that already had a lot to offer.
Honda’s upgrades are increasing the price of the SUV. The 2019 base model starts at $21,515, which is $850 more than last year’s model, but for the price, car buyers will be getting a 5-inch infotainment screen, halogen projector headlights and a rearview camera. The six-speed manual transmission has been omitted from the vehicle model’s lineup. Now, all HR-Vs come with a standard CVT.
Along with the base model, several other trim levels are available including a new Sport trim. It comes with 18-inch wheels, active noise cancellation inside the cab and variable gear ratio electric power steering, a feature designed to give the driver more control.
Honda has never been skimpy in the safety feature department. With the HR-V, car buyers will receive safety goodies like collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. The SUV also comes with airbags in all the right places.
All-wheel drive is available with each trim level. This feature increases the price by $1,400, but it is worth the cost for those who live in areas where it snows or rains a lot. Honda chose not to change the powertrain for the 2019 HR-V. The model comes with a 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque, a perfect size since it offers just enough zip while also being fuel efficient. On city streets, the SUV gets around 28 miles per gallon. Once drivers take it to the highway, they’ll get 34 miles per gallon.
Honda made the 2019 HR-V a little curvier than last year’s model, giving it a fresh overall appearance. Cloth or leather seats are available inside the vehicle depending on the trim level. This is an SUV that offers a comfortable amount of passenger space as well as convenience features like cup holders and storage areas.
In the Honda HR-V, a maximum of 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space is available when the backseats are in use. When the backseats are folded, the vehicle’s cargo space expands to 58.8 cubic feet.
New color options include Orange Burst Metallic, Platinum White Pearl and Midnight Amethyst Metallic. Previous colors like Modern Steel Metallic, Milano Red and Crystal Black Pearl are still available.
Even with the higher price tag, the Honda HR-V is a good buy for those who are on a tight budget. Along with offering fuel efficiency, the little SUV has just the right amount of space in the cargo area for groceries or a road trip.