2019 Honda HR-V
Honda’s popular subcompact crossover returns this 2019 model year with some exciting features, such as the addition of two new trim levels, the Sport and Touring, as well as the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Honda has also brought back its popular second-row Magic Seat, which can flip up to accommodate tall items without issue, a feature that helps the HR-V stand out in its class. With the two new trim levels there are now five for drivers to choose from: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring, each powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive also comes standard on all trim levels except for the Touring, which includes the other trims’ optional all-wheel drive system.
Comfort and Convenience
The HR-V may be small, but it delivers everything needed for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. All trims have Honda’s practical upward-folding second-row Magic Seat, which allows for the transportation of taller cargo items. The base LX gets a multi-angle backup camera, Bluetooth streaming audio, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch screen and USB interface. To the Sport trim, Honda adds fog lights, roof rails, active noise cancellation, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the EX trim supplies more luxurious amenities such as a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, heated mirrors and front seats, keyless entry and ignition, and automatic climate control. The EX-L adds leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. At the top-of-the-line Touring, this trim builds off everything from the previous trim levels and adds LED headlights and foglights, as well as an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
Honda continues to ensure that it offers exceptional safety features no matter the vehicle, and while the LX trim offers basic safety features, it does include the multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines for ease of backing out of parking spaces. The Sport trim offers the same features, but the backup camera adds dynamic guidelines. The EX includes the Honda Sensing Suite of advanced safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control, which are also standard on the EX-L and Touring trim levels.
The technology features for this ‘19 model are fairly generous. For example, standard for the base LX is a 5-inch central display with Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port. The Sport trim adds to this by upgrading to a 7-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system, while drivers of the EX and EX-L can enjoy SiriusXM satellite and HD radio. The Touring comes complete with an integrated navigation system paired with voice recognition, along with all of the best amenities included on the previous trim levels.