Honda HR-V vs. Chevrolet Trax Comparison

The Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax are all-new models in 2015 in a rapidly growing segment, subcompact SUVs. How do these two models fare in a head-to-head comparison? We review their features and attributes.

Honda Urban SUV concept

2015 Honda HR-V

Honda’s compact SUV model the CR-V has grown in size and price over the years and has a base price of $24,000 for the 2015 model year. Honda was looking to add a smaller, more affordable entry-level crossover offering, Based off the company’s popular Fit subcompact hatchback and with a base price of $19,500, the HR-V looks to be a hit in its category.

The HR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter 130 horsepower four-cylinder engine that produces 114 pound-feet of torque. The model comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual transmission or Continuously Variable Transmission.

The HR-V has a 0-60 time of about 9 seconds with front-wheel drive and about 10 seconds with all-wheel drive, making it among the slowest SUVs. However, the HR-V is expected to be the most fuel efficient crossover on the roads when it debuts, with highway mpg approaching 40 with front-wheel drive.

It’s larger sibling the CR-V has an excellent IntelliChoice 5-Year Retained Value score of 55%. The HR-V should also have strong resale value.

Chevrolet Trax LS

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax is the Chevrolet variant of the Buick Encore and it shares its 1.4-liter turbocharged 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine which produces 148-pound feet of torque making it more powerful than the HR-V. Nonetheless, the Trax is not expected to be much quicker with a 0-60 time of about 9.5 seconds.

The Trax offers different wheel options including 16-inch wheels on the LS and LT and 18-inch alloys on the top-level LTZ. The model is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and has an impressive ten air bags in a small package. And like all Chevrolet vehicles in 2015, the Trax will have built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection.

The Trax is expected to have fuel economy of 23-mpg city and 30-mpg highway all-wheel drive, which is worse than some larger compact models. Like the HR-V, the Chevrolet Trax also has an early 2015 anticipated release data.

The Verdict

Although they are much more diminutive, these models sharing styling cues from their larger siblings, the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox. If you like a little more pep, larger sporty wheels, and built-in Wi-Fi the Trax is a solid choice. But if you want reliability, resale value, more room, and better fuel efficiency, the HR-V is the winner.

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