Crossovers are all the rage these days, but there are two small SUVs that are already generating a great deal of attention: The 2019 Honda HR-V and Toyota’s C-HR. Both are very nice compact SUVs, which makes it interesting to see how they stack up in a side-by-side comparison. If you’re looking for a nice SUV hatchback or new small crossover in Arizona, read this HR-V vs. C-HR comparison to see which one makes more sense for you.
HR-V vs. C-HR: Interior Space
In most things, the 2019 Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR are quite similar, yet all that changes when it comes to interior space. Both vehicles have a rear track width of 60.6 inches, but that’s the only similarity.
The 2019 Honda HR-V’s interior is 63.2 inches wide and vehicle provides 100.1 cu.-ft. of passenger volume room and 58.8 cubic feet of cargo volume to the front seats. The shoulder space in the second row is beastly at 54.5 inches, as is second-row legroom (39.3 inches).
The interior of the 2019 Toyota C-HR is 61.6 inches wide, providing just 83.8 cubic feet of passenger volume room and 36.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The shoulder space in the second seats is only 52.5 inches, and the amount of legroom in the second row sits at 31.7 inches.
Yep, the Honda HR-V is a much more spacious little go-getter.
HR-V vs. C-HR: Engine & Fuel Economy
The Honda HR-V’s 1.8L inline-4 engine isn’t wimpy; it creates 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Honda engineers spent a great deal of time working on the i-VTEC in an effort to upgrade engine rendering from previous models, while simultaneously improving overall productivity. The new HR-V’s engine might not be as large as the Toyota’s, but it has plenty of pick-up-and-go for city driving, plus the power needed for traversing desert-y conditions.
One of the reasons the Honda team opted for the smaller, slightly less powerful 1.8L engine was to improve the 2019 Honda HR-V’s gas mileage – and, boy, does make a big difference. The Honda SUV gets 28 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway.
The Toyota C-HR’s 2.0L inline-4 offers more power, meaning this Toyota has a quicker off-the-line time, which is handy in heavy-traffic situations. However, many critics critique the engine’s lackluster production at highway speeds, as the Toyota C-HR only gets 27 mpg in city conditions and 31 mpg on the highway. The difference in MPG doesn’t seem like much, but those few extra yearly trips to the gas station add up.
HR-V vs. C-HR: Safety
While IIHS safety ratings aren’t available (yet), the NHTSA was pleased with how the 2019 Honda HR-V performed during safety tests. They awarded the vehicle with a 5-star safety rating for overall safety and side-crashes, as well as a 4-star safety rating for frontal and rollover crashes.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR also performed well during the NHTSA safety tests. They awarded the vehicle with an overall 5-star safety rating for overall safety and front driver side crashes, and a 4-star safety rating for front passenger crashes and rollovers.
Altogether, both the HR-V and C-HR appear to be safe family SUVs. But do available features tell a different story?
Special Features the HR-V Brings to the Table
While having a reliable and safe vehicle is always your top priority, we all know that it’s the special features that make the vehicle fun to own. Here are the standard special features you’ll enjoy when you purchase or lease a 2019 Honda HR-V from your Phoenix Valley Honda dealer:
- Push Button Start
- Honda LaneWatch™
- One-Touch Power Moonroof
- Heated Seats
- Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
- Automatic Climate Control System
- Ignition Disabling Security System
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
- Stability Control
- Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™
While both are extremely nice cars, the 2019 Honda HR-V’s improved gas mileage and better cargo space give it the edge over the 2019 Toyota C-HR. To learn more about the HR-V, come get behind the wheel at one of our Arizona Honda dealerships! Schedule your test drive and request a quote before the year ends to save big on the newest HR-V.
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