If you’re looking for a new vehicle that can get you around town without sacrificing your ability to head for a weekend adventure, then it’s likely you’re considering the subcompact crossover segment. The HondaHR-V and 2020 Chevrolet Trax are two solid options in this class, but when put to the test, it’s clear that the Honda HR-V stands head and shoulders over the Trax.
Performance & Efficiency
Performance and efficiency are important factors in any vehicle, whether you’re just trying to get around town or looking to head off the beaten path. While both the HR-V and the Trax offer a single peppy engine option and come with optional all-wheel drive, the HR-V offers more in terms of power. It comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport Mode, allowing it to put out 141 horsepower. The Chevy, on the other hand, is equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC® engine that generates only 138 horsepower.
If you’re looking to reduce the number of times you have to stop at the gas pump each month, then the HR-V is the SUV for you. It has a better fuel-efficiency rating than the Trax, offering an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when equipped with two-wheel drive.* The Trax has an inferior fuel-efficiency rating of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.**
Whether you’re on a budget or just conscious of how much money you want to spend, the price tag of your new vehicle matters. The HR-V has a lower starting MSRP than the Trax, offering its standard features for just $20,820. For the base Trax trim level, you’ll have to fork over at least $21,300.
There are many bells and whistles available on the 2020 HR-V and 2020 Trax, from connectivity features to premium appointments. If you’re considering the base trim level, though, it’s important to note that the HR-V comes standard with many features that the Trax doesn’t. For instance, the HR-V offers standard with cruise control to help make highway driving easier, whereas the base Trax trim only offers this as an add-on. The HR-V also boasts adventure-ready features that will help make your next journey easier, including Hill Start Assist and Variable Assisted Steering. None of these are available on the 2020 Trax.
To get behind the wheel of a well-rounded, efficient, adventure-ready compact SUV, stop by Don Wessel Honda today to test drive the 2020 Honda HR-V.
*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.