Debuting in North America in 2018, the Toyota C-HR is Toyota’s fresh answer to the subcompact crossover SUV craze. In 2015, Honda released their HR-V in North America to meet this same need. These subcompact crossover SUVs check all of the boxes for drivers who need the lower cost and MPG of a small car but appreciate the driving prowess and extra space of an SUV. In this head-to-head comparison, we will look at key features of these two vehicles and explore their differences and unique strengths. When comparing these two vehicles closely, the Toyota C-HR stands out as having some evident advantages — especially when it comes to standard safety, interior, and performance features.
Published date: 02/13/2019
Every 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). This system includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
Honda’s safety suite, Honda Sensing®, has comparable features for all of these, but is not available on all 2019 Honda HR-V models. The HR-V LX and Sport models both miss out on this suite of advanced active safety features. In addition, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are both unavailable on all trims of the HR-V, but are available on the C-HR.
To keep you comfortable on the road, both the 2019 Toyota C-HR and the 2019 Honda HR-V come with interior features that are convenient to help you and your passengers enjoy your ride. From infotainment to keep you entertained, to seating that keeps you comfortable, the Toyota C-HR offers an interior that is focused on the driving experience.
Two infotainment display sizes are available on the Honda HR-V: a 5-in. display on the LX trim and a larger 7-in. display on the Sport trim. The Toyota C-HR offers a significantly larger 8-in. touch-screen display even on the base models. Plus, the C-HR comes standard with Apple CarPlay® compatibility. Meanwhile, base Honda HR-V trims do not come with Apple CarPlay.®
Being comfortable on your commute is important.
This is why Toyota has implemented 6-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger's seats on most trims of the C-HR, and an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat on the Limited trim. Looking at the HR-V, most grades comes with a standard driver's seat with manual height adjustment. If you want seating options comparable to the C-HR, you’ll have to go for the top-grade 2019 Honda HR-V Touring which comes with an 8-way power adjusting driver's seat.
For drivers looking for a car that has a little more pep in its step, which vehicle in this head-to-head offers more performance functionality?
The 2019 Toyota C-HR has a clear advantage when looking at comparisons of horsepower and torque. Every C-HR has more horsepower and torque, at 144 and 139 respectively, than any trim of the HR-V, which offer 141 horsepower and 127 torque.
Plus, the C-HR has excellent car-like handling. This is thanks to performance-savvy touches like direct steering input and minimal body roll. Add to that the comfort and additional cargo space of its SUV-like body style, and it’s easy to see why the C-HR outdoes itself in the performance category of this head-to-head comparison.
Drivers looking for a ride that is efficient and cost-effective like a compact car but who appreciate the space and ride height of an SUV will be happy to explore these tough subcompact crossover SUV competitors. Both the 2019 Toyota C-HR and the 2019 Honda HR-V represent this vehicle style in their own unique way. However, the Toyota C-HR demonstrates significant advantages over the competition.
Not only is the C-HR safe, but it is reliable too.
Every 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) which offers a suite of advanced safety technology. Honda’s equivalent program, Honda Sensing®, is not available on the HR-V LX or Sport trims. Plus, Toyota is renowned for longevity: Toyota was named the Best Resale Value Brand for 2018 by Kelley Blue Book®.
The Honda HR-V does have an initially lower starter MSRP of $20,520 vs. the Toyota C-HR LE’s starting MSRP of $20,995, but this difference becomes negligible when the many advantages of the C-HR are highlighted.
When comparing performance specs, safety features, and interior touches, the 2019 Toyota C-HR becomes the clear choice in this subcompact crossover SUV head-to-head.