There's good reason to buy a subcompact sport utility vehicle. If you like the look, cargo room, and better visibility of an SUV while still maintaining the turning radius, handling, and performance of a small car, a subcompact SUV might be right for you. In this preview guide, we'll be showing off one of the best subcompacts on the road and what's changed for the new model year. Introducing the 2019 Honda HR-V.
What's New for 2019?
After having debuted in 2016, the HR-V is getting a facelift. Honda is refreshing the HR-V's front and rear fascias. This SUV now looks sportier, a bit more like the Civic in style. There's LED headlamps and a more prominent chrome grille insert. Even so, the HR-V maintains its trademark coupe-like profile. And if you like the sportier look, you're going to love the new trim levels: the HR-V Sport and Touring. We'll dive deeper into what those offer further down.
On top of that, the 2019 Honda HR-V gets a new center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These smartphone integration tools have never been in a Honda HR-V before, so we're happy they're finally there. There's a physical knob that controls volume, which is always a plus for adjusting your music on the go. Speaking of features, there's also new active safety features like those found in the Auto Honda Sensing suite, which includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. With all these innovations and updates, it's easy to see Honda is moving forward with the HR-V.
Cargo Room for Days
One of the distinct advantages of driving a subcompact SUV over a sedan is the cargo space. There's more than a little cargo space in the Honda HR-V. In fact, among subcompacts, the HR-V has some of the best cargo capacity on the market. We're talking 24.3 cubic feet of room and a maximum of 58.8 cubic feet with the back seat folded down. That's more than both the Mazda CX-3 and the Toyota C-HR contenders. Plus, Honda's Magic Seat makes fitting tall vertical items a breeze.
A Most Maneuverable Machine
The 2019 HR-V was made for quick cornering and crowded parking lots. With is tight turn radius and sporty suspension, this SUV slices through your commute and errand runs as smooth and sharp as a butter knife. Only rough roads and potholes are a match for its quiet cabin and smooth ride.
There's only one engine option on the HR-V but if you want to make the most of it, choose the HR-V Sport. You get paddle shifters, sport pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob to help you feel like the ruler of the road. There's also the new top-tier Touring trim with standard all-wheel drive, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, navigation, and LED headlights and foglights. The Honda HR-V just got better. It must be time for a test drive.