2016 Honda HR-V vs. 2016 Chevy Trax

2016 Honda HR-V Gray

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Chevy Trax Blue

2016 Chevy Trax

Compact SUVs are extremely popular because they combine the best of both worlds – small, agile size plus the utility and layout of a large SUV. The Honda HR-V is Honda’s all-new model in this market segment, and the Chevy Trax has been around for a few years and shown broad appeal. Both are compelling entry-level crossover SUV options, but which one should you choose? We compared the 2016 Honda HR-V LX (M6) with the 2016 Chevy Trax LS, and here are the results.

Drivetrain, Suspension, and Handling

First, let’s look at the mechanics. The Honda HR-V is equipped with a 1.8L engine, and the Chevy Trax contains a 1.4L engine. This means that the HR-V has a more powerful engine, and it indeed delivers more horsepower, at 141 hp versus 138 hp. When it comes to vehicle suspension and the way handles on the road, the HR-V’s tires are slightly wider (10 mm) than the Trax’s, providing a smoother, more responsive ride.

Exterior and Interior Design

While both of these cars have garnered positive industry reviews, the all-new HR-V is proving to be welcomed as an exciting addition to Honda’s lineup of fun-to-drive cars. The Trax is definitely sporty, but the HR-V adds a few extras like a chrome bar grille and heated door mirrors for a bit of extra style and functionality. In terms of interior design, automotive industry experts at Edmunds.com describe the Trax as having “unimpressive interior design and materials” and the HR-V as having a “roomy interior and seating,” “versatile cargo loading,” and “excellent outward visibility.” Both of these crossovers offer seating for five, but the HR-V has exceptionally spacious cargo volume for a vehicle of this size. The HR-V offers 1665 liters of area, compared to the Trax’s total cargo volume of 1371 liters, meaning a lot more room for your gear. Besides 60/40-split folding rear seats, the HR-V has a class-exclusive “tall cargo mode,” allowing additional room for tall items to be stowed.

Convenience Features

It’s important to consider how a vehicle will work with your lifestyle, and comfort and convenience top the list of things to think about. The HR-V has a few major differences when it comes to features that really impact your life. The first is the fact that the HR-V comes with automatic air conditioning and an air filter, and the Trax does not. The HR-V also has cruise control, and the Trax does not offer that capability. That’s going to make a big difference on long road trips.

Test Drive the Honda HR-V

The fun and energetic Honda HR-V offers a more powerful engine, smoother handling, roomier cargo space, and a host of exterior and interior design elements that the Trax does not. Get behind the wheel of this all-new compact crossover SUV, and see the benefits for yourself. Contact Harmony Honda today!