The Affordable New Honda HR-V for 2019
In a time of high-performance automobiles, it is easy to overlook the fact that most of us just need something to get around in. Enter the new Honda HR-V. With an all-new design that will catch the eye, it has been updated and upgraded for 2019. The 2019 Honda HR-V is loaded with technology, including the Honda Sensing safety package. It also has a lot more cargo space that it appears to have, due to the innovative rear seat design. So, pile your friends and family in with all their gear. The new Honda HR-V can handle it.
From the outside, the 2019 Honda HR-V seems a bit small. Despite its diminutive size, this crossover SUV has plenty of room for your daily cargo. It has 25 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and as much as 58.8 cubic feet when down, depending on which version you choose. This is largely due to the innovative configurable rear seat, which provides tremendous flexibility to suit your needs.
Officially, the 2019 HR-V seats five people. This makes things a little cramped, especially if all the passengers are adults. However, there is ample room for up to four adults to ride fairly comfortably, allowing plenty of room for their things. Longer seat bases would help increase the comfort level. Legroom could be better; rear-seat passengers have almost as much legroom as riders in the front seat. In addition, the moonroof takes away some of the headroom, making it less comfortable, especially for tall people.
Honda has a reputation for producing automobiles that are easy on the wallet. The new Honda HR-V is no exception. The LX starts at $20,520, but it is pretty stripped-down. The Sport trim has some decent upgrades and is a good value at $22,220. EX prices begin at $23,720 and is probably worth the extra cost for the added Honda Sensing package alone. Upgrading to the EX-L raises the opening price to $25,320, and the Touring trim has a hefty $29,500 beginning price.
While Honda has many vehicles available with excellent fuel economy, the HR-V does not fit the mold. As with a lot of other brands in its class, Honda’s crossover is not very economical. The optional all-wheel drive gets approximately 26 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mph on the highway.
In crash tests, the NHTSA has given the 2019 model five out of five stars. The IIHS has yet to report their findings. Honda has added some really good safety tech to the 2019 HR-V, which should increase its safety level. Upper trims are outfitted with the Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance suite. With this technology, you get a package that includes automatic emergency braking, road departure assistance, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assistance.
In terms of fuel economy, the new Honda HR-V trails many of its closest rivals. The Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Kicks all scored higher mileage. As far as price, the Nissan Kicks starts at $17,990, which is lower than the HR-V. The Subaru Crosstrek begins at $21,895 but has less cargo space and legroom.
The 2019 Honda HR-V is equipped with a 1.8-liter in-line 4 that produces 141 horsepower. While it is definitely not a performance vehicle, the new HR-V is perfect for running errands around town. It is designed to operate well on standard road surfaces but is not built for off-roading.
The LX is the base trim level for the new HR-V, and it is truly basic. It comes standard with a 5-inch audio system display, power features, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The next step up is the Sport, which is nicely equipped. With 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch infotainment system touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and roof rails. The EX adds active safety technology, keyless ignition, heated seats, climate control, tinted rear windows, and power moonroof. With the EX-L level, you get leather-trimmed seats, 180-watt audio system, and a rearview mirror that automatically dims. The top level, the Touring, makes all-wheel drive standard and has a navigation system, 8-way power driver’s seat, LED headlights, and garage door opener.
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