2019 Honda HR-V Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Honda HR-V begins arriving today in dealer showrooms around the country with a starting price of $20,520. For 2019, the HR-V expands its appeal with the addition of new Sport and Touring trims, refreshed styling, new technology, and a more refined driving experience, adding to an already established reputation as a versatile and sporty 5-door subcompact SUV.

For the first time, the HR-V now features the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies – including but not limited to Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist, making Honda Sensing available on every model Honda sells.

All 2019 Honda HR-V models feature new styling, with revised bumpers, headlights, grille, and taillights, while the new HR-V Sport and Touring trims get a unique look all their own. Blackout trim and 18-inch wheels visually distinguish the HR-V Sport trims, while the all-wheel-drive-only Touring trim gets multi-element LED headlights, dark chrome trim, and LED fog lights. Three new colors have been added to HR-V's palette: Orange Burst Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl.

Inside, the HR-V benefits from a new Display Audio system featuring a simplified interface that includes a volume knob and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The navigation system, available exclusively in Touring trims, has also been improved with sharper graphics and 3D landmarks. All models feature a redesigned driver's meter with a large analog speedometer and digital tachometer. The EX models and above receive a 4.2-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Driver Information Interface color display offering additional selectable information including available turn-by-turn directions.

Sport trims get a unique interior treatment that includes a black headliner, gloss-black trim and sport pedals, while EX and EX-L models get redesigned seat upholstery with high-contrast stitching. Touring models get double-stitched leather-trimmed seats, with 8-way power adjustment for the driver.

The 2019 Honda HR-V benefits from refinements to its standard Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT), resulting in a more natural driving feel and quieter operation. Other measures to reduce interior noise include additional sound deadening in the fenders and floor, plus the inclusion of Active Noise Cancelling on Sport and above grades. The HR-V Sport models also receive variable-ratio electric power steering, while upgrades to the available all-wheel drive system yield improved performance in low-traction conditions such as snow.

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Honda HR-V is powered by a 141 horsepower, 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. Driving either the front or all four wheels, all HR-V models now use a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT). The 6-speed manual transmission has been discontinued for the 2019 model year.

The HR-V CVT receives numerous upgrades for the 2019 model year to help provide a more natural feeling driving experience. At full throttle, the CVT now features revised shift mapping that, under hard acceleration, more closely resembles the stepped gear changes of a conventional fixed-gear transmission. This feel gives HR-V a more familiar feel during acceleration, while also helping to reduce interior noise levels. Additionally, the CVT uses a more refined and natural feeling engagement, staying at lower revs more often. Other improvements include HR-V shifting to higher revs under deceleration, providing a measure of engine braking force and better responsiveness when the driver returns to the gas pedal.

On models so equipped, the 2019 Honda HR-V Real Time all-wheel drive system has been improved for better performance in low-traction conditions such as snow. Steering feel in Sport models has also enhanced with the adoption of variable gear ratio electric power steering, which varies steering response in accordance with steering wheel position from center. The HR-V steering becomes more stable at higher speeds as it becomes less sensitive to small movements of the steering wheel. At lower speeds, the steering wheel requires less movement to turn the front wheels, making the HR-V feel exceptionally maneuverable in parking lots.

Regardless of trim, the 2019 HR-V offers voluminous interior space for passengers and cargo inside an exterior package that's compact and easy to park. Thanks to a revised stay-spring mechanism for the hatch, it's now easier than ever to access cargo space of 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats (23.2 cubic feet with AWD). The HR-V also uses the multi-position 2nd row Magic Seat, similar to Fit, which is easily reconfigured for maximum cargo and passenger carrying capacity. The HR-V also offers up to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space with abundant rear seat head and legroom, especially considering HR-V's compact outer dimensions.

SPECIFICATION

Engine Type

In-Line 4-Cylinder

Displacement

1799 cc

Horsepower (SAE net)

141 @ 6500 rpm

Torque (SAE net)

127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

Redline

6700 rpm

Bore and Stroke

81.0 mm x 87.3 mm

Compression Ratio

10.6 : 1

Valve Train

16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC

Fuel Injection

Multi-Point

Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold

Standard on all

Eco Assist System

Standard on all

Active Noise Cancellation

Standard on all

Hill Start Assist

Standard on all

Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer

Standard on all

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission Type

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters

Layout/drive

Front engine/FWD or AWD

Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System

Standard on Touring, optional on LX, Sport, EX, EX-L

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.2 gal

Required Fuel

Regular Unleaded

EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)

FWD

28 City/ 34 Highway/ 30 Combined

AWD

26 City/ 31 Highway/ 29 Combined

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed

117 mph

Zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec (AWD)

Zero to 100 mph

30.8 sec

Standing ¼-mile

17.4 sec @ 82 mph

 

DIMENSIONS (in.)

Overall Length

170.9

Overall Width

69.8

Overall Height

63.2

Wheelbase

102.8

Max Cargo Capacity (seat up/down, 2WD)

24.3 cu ft / 58.8 cu ft

Max Cargo Capacity (seat up/down, AWD)

23.2 cu ft / 57.6 cu ft

Curb Weight (2WD/AWD)

2906 lbs / 3066 lbs

Seating Capacity

5

 

TRIM LEVEL & PRICING

The 2019 Honda HR-V is the least expensive crossover in Honda's lineup. Its available in five trim levels available: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models except the Touring, which comes with the other models' optional all-wheel drive system.

Standard feature 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 drop Sport's styling features and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter but 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. Also standard is Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features which consist forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning and mitigation and adaptive cruise control.

The EX-L get leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. 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.

MSRP for all 2019 Honda HR-V is as follow:

Models

*MSRP

LX (FWD)

$21,515

LX (AWD)

$22,915

Sport (FWD)

$23,215

Sport (AWD)

$24,615

EX (FWD)

$24,715

EX (AWD)

$26,115

EX-L (FWD)

$26,315

EX-L (AWD)

$27,715

Touring (AWD)

$29,535

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ *MSRP plus $1,045 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options.

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