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The 2019 Honda HR-V

With the Honda HR-V, you get a peek at the next step in SUV's - the subcompact. It takes everything that drivers love about the CR-V and squeezes it into the footprint of a compact car. The result is a vehicle that is sure to grow in popularity amongst one of the most competitive vehicle segments across America. This is the game-changing HR-V, and it's only available from Honda.

The success of the sport utility is unquestionable. It seems like there's one in every driveway in Tyrone, or your passing them one after another on the roads to Mechanicsburg. They're the quintessential tailgating vehicle for a Penn State. So where does the SUV segment go when it has already started to dominate sales?

With the 2019 Honda HR-V, you get a great example of the next step - the subcompact SUV. Taking everything drivers have enjoyed about the compact Honda CR-V and squeezing it into the footprint of a compact car, it's an engineering challenge the geniuses at Honda were certainly up for. The result is a vehicle that is sure to be one of the most popular vehicles for commuters, single drivers, and families alike.

 

What are the Performance Features of the 2019 Honda HR-V?

Under the hood of the 2019 Honda HR-V is a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine. Turning out 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, it is more than enough to tackle the hills of Mt. Union without having to strain. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available to deal with the rainy and snowy winter mixes that blanket State College in November and December. It's also handy when you end up having to park in a field for a game, or want to get off the beaten path and explore one of the nearby state parks.

It won't run up the bills either. The continuously variable transmission helps to get the most out of the engine, offering up to 28 MPG around town and 34 MPG on the open road. Opting for all-wheel drive isn't the drain on efficiency it once was - in the HR-V, you can still see up to 27 MPG city and 31 MPG highway with all-wheel drive, meaning there won't be as many Sheetz stops in your future.

 
White 2019 HR-V In the streets of State College, PA

Blue Honda HR-V stopped at a crosswalk in Mechanicsburg

What Safety Features come with the 2019 HR-V?

Honda continues to be a leader in the area automotive safety, putting some of the most advanced systems into even their smallest, most budget-minded vehicles. The 2019 Honda HR-V is no exception.

Standard on the EX trim and up, the Honda Sensing Suite of safety features includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Road Departure Mitigation Systems. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist Systems are also part of the suite. While Honda LaneWatch isn't part of the suite, it is also standard on the upper trim levels. Every trim comes with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera featuring guidelines, helping to make the parking lots and driveways of Phillipsburg safer for pedestrians and drivers alike.


How spacious is the Honda HR-V?

How small of a footprint does the 2019 Honda HR-V have? Well, for comparison sake, the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan is 182.3 inches long and 70.8 inches wide. Fairly small, right? The HR-V is an inch skinnier than the Civic, and a whole foot shorter. So it will fit where even a Civic won't.

It certainly makes use of that space well. Even for rear passengers in the five-seat cabin, there's 39.3 inches of leg room and 54.5 inches of shoulder room, measurements that are closer to those of a mid-size sedan. If you're looking to haul cargo - from moving into the dorms in State College to heading out for a day trip to Mechanicsburg - there is 24.3 cubic feet in the rear inside the two-wheel drive models, and 23.2 cubic feet inside the all-wheel drive models. If you don't need that back seat for passengers, the Honda Magic Seats stow away to open up 58.8 cubic feet in the front-wheel drive models, and 57.6 cubic feet in the all-wheel drive models.

Interior of the spacious Honda HR-V, parked in a Pennsylvania State Park

What Trim Levels are offered with the 2019 Honda HR-V?

Five well-rounded trims are available in the 2019 Honda HR-V, with all but the Touring trim being available as two- or all-wheel drive, Touring is only offered in all-wheel drive. Here at Bobby Rahal Honda, we keep a great selection of all trim levels in stock for you to compare and look through.

As an entry-level trim, the LX is clean and smart, featuring cloth seating and durable plastic and rubber trim throughout. A four-speaker audio system is standard, with a 5-inch color LCD display screen on the center console. Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio is standard, allowing the driver to stay connected and stream tunes while focusing ahead on the winding Tyrone roads. Power accessories, cruise control, and air conditioning with air-filtration system all add to the comfort and convenience. Seventeen-inch silver-painted alloy wheels are equipped. 

The Sport trim is a small step up in price but a major step up in what it offers. On the exterior, roof rails and fog lights are added, while an exhaust finisher and gloss black underbody spoilers add character. Eighteen-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with matte black inserts make it even more impressive from outside. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob plus sport pedals provide a hint of attitude. The big add-on is the six-speaker, 180-watt audio system controlled through the 7-inch electrostatic high-resolution touch-screen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard with this unit, allowing it to mirror your smartphone apps and functions for a more intuitive interface.

Standard on the EX trim level are heated front seats, perfect for frigid State College mornings, along with automatic climate control. Proximity keyless entry and push-button start adds plenty of convenience, so you're not fumbling around for your keys and can just get on your way. SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio are both standard as well, providing more listening options no matter where you roam. With the one-touch power moonroof featuring tilt, your passengers can enjoy the Central Pennsylvania sky, while heated, body-colored side mirrors keep your lines of sight clear and prevent ice build-up.

The EX-L trim adds a hint of luxury to the HR-V line. It comes with leather trimmed seats and brings back the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is also added convenience for the driver.

At the top of the line, the Touring trim is standard all-wheel drive, and adds in a handful of features on top of everything already mentioned. On the exterior, 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with gloss shark gray inserts help the trim stand out, while body-colored underbody spoilers add some heft. Fog lights headlights are upgraded to LED versions, with headlights getting automatic on/off. The driver's seat gets 8-way power adjustment, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD traffic is also standard.

Black HR-V Parked at a scenic Pennsylvania overlook

A smart package that fits plenty of features into a small footprint, and at a budget-minded price, the 2019 Honda HR-V is the logical evolution for the SUV class. It's hard to match it as far as economy and convenience goes, which is why we here at Bobby Rahal Honda of State College see it as a smart buy, whether you are a college student, a working professional, a dad hauling the soccer team around, or a mom running your own business who needs to haul. So stop in to our show room and check out the different trims available - whether you are coming from Tyrone, Phillipsburg, Mechanicsburg, or Mt. Union, we are convenient to get to and offer the best car buying experience in the region!


HR-V MPG Disclaimer:

28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L 2WD trim. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX AWD trim. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring AWD trims.

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.