Compare 2019 vs 2018 Honda HR-V

2019 Honda HR-V vs 2018 Honda HR-V
2019 Honda HR-V 2018 Honda HR-V


1.8L I4 1.8L I4


141 141

  MPG (City/Highway)

28/34 * 25/33 *


CVT 6-speed manual

2019 Honda HR-V vs 2018 Honda HR-V

Serving Highland, IN

Although Honda debuted the subcompact crossover, the HR-V, back in 1998, the automaker did not bring it to American shores until 2015. With its sturdy build quality, impressively versatile cargo area, and high level of project reliability, the Honda HR-V has quickly become a top-level choice. The 2018 and 2019 models are the latest models, with Honda revamping the latter for a mid-cycle facelift. The 2018 HR-V is split into the LX, EX, and EX-L Navi, while the 2019 model year has five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring.


On the 2018 and 2019 HR-Vs, Honda installs a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that generates 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. On the 2018 model, the engine is joined to a 6-speed manual transmission if you go with the LX or EX with the standard front-wheel drivetrain, and the EX-L Navi stands out with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) instead for gearless shifting so that driving is a lot smoother and fuel-efficient. On the 2019 edition, the CVT replaces the 6-speed manual gearbox and goes on all five trims. The HR-V gives you the opportunity to either stick with a front-wheel drivetrain for better fuel efficiency or opt for the Real Time All Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System™ to enhance traction. For 2019, the brand-new Touring trim has the AWD as standard.


The 2018 and 2019 model years are part of the HR-V’s second production cycle, which sees the subcompact crossover transform into a sportier vehicle than the first-production model. The HR-V now has a sleeker profile with sharp body contours. The 2019 model is further enhanced due to the midcycle refresh. The chrome bar grille and LED headlamps are revised in accordance with the Honda Civic. It also possesses taillights and bumpers that are revised to reflect the design language of other current Honda products. With the facelift, the 2019 HR-V has two headlight options: full LED headlights for the Touring trim or LED-accented headlights for the other four trims.


The 2018 and 2019 Honda HR-Vs are five-seaters with standard cargo space that can be more than doubled by folding down the rear seats. At the base level, both vehicles offer cruise control, a four-speaker 160-watt audio system, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming, a USB port and auxiliary audio jack for connecting and playing digital media from mobile devices, and a color LCD screen among their standard comfort and convenience features. However, the screen on the 2019 model measures 7 inches diagonally instead of 5 inches on the 2018 Honda HR-V. In addition, Honda introduces Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® on the Sport and above for smartphone integration on the 2019 HR-V. For safety, the HR-V starts off with features such as six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, electronic vehicle stability control, traction control, hill start assist, LED daytime running lights, a multi-view monitoring camera, and a theft-deterrent system. On the trims above the EX, Honda adds LaneWatch™ for lane changing guidance. Added on the 2019—particularly the EX, EX-L, and Touring—is the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation.

For a test-drive of the 2018 or 2019 edition of the Honda HR-V, call us today at our dealership in Highland, Indiana, to set up an appointment with one of our Honda specialists. We will be more than happy and willing to assist you with getting the HR-V that has your preferred standard features and options.

* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.