Toyota C-HR Vs. Honda HR-V: Small in Stature. Big on Character

By Justin Cupler | October 30th, 2018

The subcompact crossover segment is booming, and new models hit showrooms every year. One of the more recent additions is the Toyota C-HR. This swoopy, sporty crossover adds a little attitude to the segment, but can the 2019 Toyota C-HR satisfy the needs of crossover shoppers in Waukegan, McHenry, or Crystal Lake better than the 2019 Honda HR-V? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

Neither the 2019 Toyota C-HR nor the 2019 Honda HR-V is what anyone would call a traditional-looking crossover, but that doesn’t mean they look at all similar. The 2019 Honda Fit takes on more of a lifted-hatchback look, which makes sense since Honda based it on the Fit hatchback. The C-HR is far sportier with its aggressive body lines, swooping roofline, bulging fenders, and more.

Both crossovers would be great for younger buyers, but the C-HR is better suited for those without growing kids, while the HR-V is a great small-family mover.

The C-HR measures 171.2 inches long, 70.7 inches wide, and 61.6 inches high. It rides on a 103.9-inches wheelbase. The 2019 Honda HR-V is shorter and narrower at 170.4 inches long and 69.8 inches wide, but it is taller at 63.2 inches high. The HR-V rides atop a 102.8-inch wheelbase.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Sporty looks
  • Wider stance for better agility

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Higher roofline helps with roominess
  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to park and zip through traffic

Interior

Inside, the C-HR tones things down with a tamer cabin that lacks all the wild shapes and creases the exterior features. While this is a nice contrast, Toyota may have made the C-HR’s interior a touch too simple for some.

The HR-V’s cabin is also toned-down, but Honda added more touches of color, contrast, and variations in material to keep things interesting. Buyers will notice the base HR-V LX is a little more spartan than the base 2019 C-HR LE, which boasts premium standard goodies like an 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay, and more.

In the front seats, the 2019 Toyota C-HR wins the legroom contest 43.5 inches to 41.2 inches, but it comes up short in headroom at 38.1 inches, shoulder room at 49 inches, and hip room at 53 inches. The HR-V checks in with 39.5 inches of headroom, 56.8 inches of shoulder room, and 53.1 inches of hip room.

In the rear, the 2019 Toyota C-HR matches the HR-V’s 38.3 inches of headroom and beats its 47.4 inches of hip room by 0.6 inches, but its 31.7 inches of legroom and 52.5 inches of shoulder room trail the HR-V by 8.6 inches and 2 inches, respectively.

In cargo room, the C-HR is no match for the HR-V as its 19 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 36.4 cubes with the seats down are 4.2 cubes and 21.2 cubes short of the HR-V, respectively.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Well-equipped cabin from the base level up
  • Simple interior styling will please buyers looking for a basic cabin

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • More color and contrast inside
  • Tons more room where it matters most

Performance

Neither of these subcompact crossovers is a speed demon or corner carver, but this is typical for the class. The 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard continuously variable transmission that delivers power exclusively to the front wheels — there’s no Toyota all-wheel drive option.

The HR-V is a little less powerful as its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine produces just 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The HR-V also comes with a CVT and standard front-wheel drive, but it has optional all-wheel drive — all-wheel drive is standard on the HR-V Touring — for slippery conditions.

While performance is not a big deal in this class, fuel economy is. The 2019 Toyota C-HR delivers a respectable 27 mpg city, 31 highway, and 29 combined. The 2019 HR-V is all about fuel economy with front-wheel-drive models getting 28 mpg city, 34 highway, and 30 combined. All-wheel-drive HR-Vs are fuel efficient too at 27 mpg city, 31 highway, and 29 combined.

In the ride department, the 2019 C-HR and 2019 HR-V deliver comfortable rides, but the Honda’s standard torsion-beam rear suspension takes away a bit in handling. The 2019 C-HR, however, comes standard with four-wheel independent suspension that includes SACHS dampers for improved agility. Plus, the C-HR’s steering is tighter and more precise.  

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Small power advantage
  • Sharper handling
  • Accurate, well-weighted steering

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Big fuel-economy advantage
  • Available all-wheel drive

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota C-HR gets a full array of trim levels this year, they include the LE, XLE, and Limited. Prices range from $20,945 to $26,000.

The 2019 Honda HR-V has a broader range of trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Prices start from $20,520 and top out at $28,540.

2019 Toyota C-HR Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $20,945

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear diffuser
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Black front lower grille
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Urethane tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Black cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down
  • Keyless entry
  • Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 2.0-amp USB port
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Brake hold

XLE: $22,980

  • All LE features, plus
  • 18-inch vortex-styled sport alloy wheels
  • Touch lock/unlock door sensors
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals and puddle lights
  • Auto-folding side-view mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Keyless ignition
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Limited: $26,000

  • All XLE features, plus
  • LED fog lights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Red rear bumper garnish
  • Chrome window accent
  • Piano-black B-pillar
  • Leather seats with sport bolsters
  • Heated front seats
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • SiriusXM
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-off
  • LED taillights
  • Keyless entry
  • Body-color power side-view mirrors
  • Body-color rear roofline spoiler
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s window
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat
  • 160-watt audio system with four speakers
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Front 1.0-amp USB port
  • Rearview camera with guidelines

Sport: $22,220

  • All LX features, plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Gloss-black mirror caps
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust tip
  • Fog lights
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • One front 1.5-amp USB port
  • 180-watt six-speakers audio system
  • 7-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text function

EX: $23,720

  • All LX features, plus
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away automatic locks
  • Heated mirrors with turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Automatic climate control with electrostatic touchscreen
  • Keyless ignition
  • Heated front seats
  • One front 1.5-amp USB port
  • SiriusXM radio
  • HD Radio

EX-L: $26,315

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating

Touring: $29,535

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with gloss-Shark-Gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Compass
  • Navigation

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota C-HR?

The 2019 Toyota C-HR is great for younger buyers looking for a little more zip in their lives thanks to its independent suspension and quicker steering. If you have kids, though, the C-HR’s rear seats get tight in a hurry.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V?

The 2019 Honda HR-V is also great for younger buyers with its hip and trendy design, but its larger rear seat and extra cargo capacity makes it better suited for those with kids.

Ready to tackle the streets of Waukegan, McHenry, or Crystal Lake in the 2019 Toyota C-HR? Stop by our new-car showroom serving the Waukegan, Illinois area today to test drive the 2019 C-HR. If you can’t make it in today, you can check out our online inventory to make sure we have a C-HR in stock that meets your needs.