Whip together whatever it is drivers love about large SUVs with whatever it is drivers love about hatchbacks, and the finished product is one super-hot small crossover segment. Subcompact and compact crossovers aren’t just SUV-derivative drivel, though; they’re fuel-efficient, more than capable of pushing weekend camping trips into weeklong ones, and extremely practical additions to the typical American family (whatever that means).
Two big-yet-small standouts in this arena are the 2020 HR-V and Trax. They’re both qualified to lead the compact SUV segment, but there’s a clear winner when you compare the new Honda HR-V to the Chevrolet Trax tailgate to tailgate.
All Honda HR-V models are powered by a CVT and a 1.8-liter four-cycler that makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque*. That’s certainly enough “go get’em” for most daily drivers, and HR-V owners shouldn’t have any mileage-per-gallon qualms as the new Honda crossover returns 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg at highway speeds*. Even built with available all-wheel drive, HR-V’s EPA-estimated numbers don’t drop significantly.
Returning just 26 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, Chevrolet’s 2020 Trax can’t compete with HR-V’s efficiency ratings.
Cabin Quality & Cargo Capacity
Interior quality is HR-V’s trump card. While Trax’s interior screams, “Hey, I’m a compact SUV,” HR-V’s cabin is a smartly designed revelation. It provides more utility space and overall substance than the Trax—or even some more expensive crossovers.
Essentially, this competition comes down to “Magic Seat® vs. No-Magic Seat,” with HR-V residing in the former camp. That makes Honda’s subcompact crossover much more accommodating to anyone with a pulse and an adventurous spirit. Honda HR-V’s magical, mystical and downright mesmeric 2nd-Row Magic Seat® offers four unique and versatile cargo configurations:
- Utility Mode – Fold one seat down to create a level cargo floor. Flip one seat cushion up and get four feet of vertical space.
- Long Mode – Recline the front passenger seat back to free up eight feet of horizontal space from liftgate to dashboard.
- Tall Mode – Prop both back seat cushions up for four feet of vertical room from starboard to port side.
- All Seats Down – Push the entire 60/40-split rear row down to create a 58.8-cubic-foot* mobile locker room or makeshift hotel suite.
The Magic Seat-less 2020 Chevy Trax, even with its eight configurable seating arrangements, offers just 48.4 cubic feet of cargo room. (And Trax’s 92.8-cubic-foot passenger volume is no match for HR-V’s 101.1-cu.-ft. cabin.)
Test Drive a Honda HR-V in South Florida
Although the Chevy Trax is a noteworthy addition to the segment, Honda’s fuel-efficient 2020 HR-V is the roomier and more versatile of the two—and isn’t that exactly what your family wants in a small SUV?
For shoppers in South Florida, venture into any of our local Florida Honda dealerships to test drive the 2019 HR-V or 2020 model when it’s available. Browse our South Florida Honda Dealers locations to schedule your appointment or view any monthly Honda HR-V lease deals.
*Horsepower: 141 @ 6500 rpm (SAE net). Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm (SAE net).
*Fuel Economy: 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2020 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.
*Cargo Capacity: Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.
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