The subcompact crossover segment is crowded, with pretty much all major automakers having at least one in their lineup. Honda wants to be at the top, so they updated the HR-V for the 2019MY.
It has a refreshed exterior design, new equipment inside, ditches the 6-speed manual gearbox and adds two new trim levels, Sport and Touring. And it starts from $20,520, excluding the $995 destination charge.
Kelley Blue Book took out a 2019 HR-V and discovered that it’s a very decent car. It’s spacious, practical, offers a comfortable ride, light and responsive steering, a decent view out and is easy to park.
Other aspects that will entice buyers are the decent plastics inside, improved sound deadening and active noise cancelling system available on all grades except for the entry-level one. The 7-inch touchscreen is easy to use and comes with a much appreciated volume knob. It also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
Clients living in cold climates can get an all-wheel drive system, which is a $1,400 option. However, regardless of the spec, all US-spec 2019 HR-Vs come with a 141 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission. The unit does what it’s supposed to do fairly decent, and the continuously variable transmission won’t disappoint either.
So, what about the drawbacks? You can learn about them, as well as the reviewer’s verdict, by watching the review on the video right below.