Chevy Trax Vs. Honda HR-V

By Justin Cupler | November 17th, 2018

The subcompact crossover segment hits a lot of buyers’ hot buttons as they are fuel efficient, can haul plenty of cargo, and offer ample passenger space. The 2019 Chevy Trax and 2019 Honda HR-V offer all this and more, but which of these subcompact crossovers is better for our Saginaw, Michigan-area buyers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Chevy Trax and 2019 Honda HR-V are subcompact crossovers, so they both come with tiny bodies. The Trax is shorter at 167.6 inches long versus the HR-V’s 170.4-inch-long body. The Trax’s 100.6-inch-long wheelbase is also shorter than the HR-V’s by 2.2 inches. The Trax is, however, 0.1 inches wider and 1.6 inches taller at 69.9 inches wide and 64.8 inches tall.

Neither of these small crossovers will win a beauty pageant, but they also are not ugly ducklings. They blend in well with traffic and are great for shoppers who just want a crossover with a design that’s not too in-your-face. The HR-V received a mild facelift for 2019, giving it the most updated appearance of the two, but the Trax isn’t much older as its facelift came in 2017.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Shorter body can make fitting in tight parking spaces easier

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Longer wheelbase can help smooth out rough roads more effectively

Interior

Inside, these subcompact crossovers take on vastly different looks. The Honda HR-V focuses on retaining the basic styling from the outside with its relatively straight-lined dashboard and otherwise reserved styling. The Trax, however, takes a step away from its toned-down exterior to deliver a shapelier interior that includes a swoopy dash pad and insert, curvy metallic accents, and more.

In roominess, the Trax’s front seats offer 39.6 inches of headroom, 40.8 inches of legroom, 54.1 inches of shoulder room, and 51.7 inches of hip room. The Honda HR-V loses out in headroom by 0.1 inches but wins in legroom by 0.4 inches, shoulder room by 2.9 inches, and hip room by 1.6 inches.

In its rear seats, the Trax gives passengers 38.8 inches of headroom, 35.7 inches of legroom, 52.5 inches of shoulder room, and 50.1 inches of hip room. The Trax beats the HR-V by 0.5 inches in headroom and 2.7 inches in hip room, but the HR-V’s 39.3 inches of legroom and 54.5 inches of shoulder room beat the Trax by 3.6 inches and 2 inches, respectively.

Though these are tiny crossovers, cargo room still matters to buyers. The 2019 Chevy Trax delivers a respectable 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats upright and 48.4 cubes with the seats folded, but the HR-V is uncontested in its class with 23.2 to 57.6 cubes of cargo room.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • More creative interior design
  • More rear headroom and hip room

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Significant rear legroom advantage
  • Class leader in cargo hauling

Performance

In the subcompact crossover class, performance is an afterthought, and the Trax and HR-V subscribe to this belief. The Honda HR-V checks in with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. This routes through a standard continuously variable transmission before heading to the front wheels — all-wheel drive is optional.

The Trax is a little more creative in the powertrain department with its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that whistles its way to 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a traditional six-speed automatic transmission on its way to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional in the Trax too.

The extra torque from the Trax’s turbocharged engine helps give it a 0.2-second advantage in 0-to-60 sprint time, according to independent testing by Car and Driver. While this is not a big gap, the quick-hitting turbo boost makes the Trax feel a bit quicker from the driver’s seat.

Fuel economy is another huge deal in the small-people-hauler class, and the 2019 Trax does well for itself at up to 26 mpg city, 31 highway, and 28 combined. The HR-V is a class leader, though, with its up to 28 mpg city, 34 highway, 30 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Quicker 0-to-60 time
  • Turbo makes it feel significantly faster behind the wheel

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Superior fuel economy

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Trax is available in three trim levels — LS, LT, and Premier — and starting prices range from $22,295 to $28,595.

The 2019 Honda HR-V’s lineup is more robust with five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Prices range from $21,515 to $29,535.

2019 Chevy Trax Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $22,295

  • 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Halogen headlights with automatic-on/off
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Front and rear intermittent wipers
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 3.5-inch driver information center
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Flat-folding front passenger seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Digital compass
  • Keyless entry
  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected
  • Daytime running lights
  • OnStar
  • Rearview camera
  • Four cargo tie-downs

LT: 24,195

  • All LS features, plus
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillight accents
  • Luggage rack
  • Silver-painted front and rear skid plates
  • Heated mirrors
  • SiriusXM
  • Cruise control
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Remote ignition
  • Deluxe cloth seating

Premier: $28,595

  • All LT features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome door handle strip
  • Chrome liftgate applique
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Moonroof
  • Bose premium seven-speaker audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear park assist
  • Bright front door-sill plates
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-zone monitoring

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Automatic brake hold
  • Hill-start assist
  • Eco Assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam headlights with automatic off
  • LED brake lights
  • Body-color side-view mirrors
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s window
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Front- and second-row 12-volt power ports
  • Floor mats
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Four-speaker audio system with 160 watts
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • 1-amp front USB port

Sport: $22.220

  • All LX features, plus
  • 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Paddle shifters
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Gloss-black side-view mirrors
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust tip
  • Fog lights
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 1.5-amp USB port in front row
  • Six-speaker audio system with 180 watts
  • 7-inch Display Audio system with high-resolution screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function

EX: $24,715

  • All LX features, plus
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Paddle shifters
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust tip
  • Fog lights
  • 1.5-amp USB port in front row
  • Six-speaker audio system with 180 watts
  • 7-inch Display Audio system with high-resolution screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Smart entry with walk-away locking
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Automatic climate control with electrostatic touchscreen
  • Keyless ignition
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Auto-on/off headlights

EX-L: $25,320

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating

Touring: $29,535

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with Gloss Shark Gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights
  • Body-colored underbody spoilers
  • Universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • Compass

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Trax?

The Chevy Trax is perfect for a younger buyer — likely a college student — who wants a livelier-feeling crossover with a more inspiring cabin but has no need for a roomy rear seat.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V?

Got a growing family and need space? The 2019 Honda HR-V is the perfect small people hauler for you.

Want to take the 2019 Chevy Trax for a spin through the streets of Saginaw, Michigan? Stop by our new-car showroom serving Saginaw and Freeland for a test drive today. Too busy to stop by? You can check out our online inventory to make sure we have a Trax that fits your needs and schedule a test drive for late.