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.
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.
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.
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.