Honda HR-V Vs. Toyota C-HR

By Justin Cupler | March 25th, 2019

There is a lot to love about subcompact crossovers like the 2019 Honda HR-V and 2019 Toyota C-HR. They offer sharp looks, plenty of passenger room, and some cargo-hauling capabilities while maintaining a sedan-like driveability. Though they have similarities, the HR-V and C-HR have drastic differences that fit specific buyer. Find out which is best for our Rochester area crossover shoppers below.  


The 2019 Honda HR-V is, essentially, your typical small-crossover mixed with a bit of hatchback. While this tiny crossover was once a unique-looking model, the arrival of some more aggressively styled subcompact crossovers have made it look less dramatic. This has helped push the HR-V into the minds of more mainstream buyers who don’t need all that design pizzaz.  

The 2019 Toyota C-HR is one vehicle that shoved the HR-V into the mainstream. This tiny Toyota boasts about as wild of a body as you could imagine with its flared wheel wells, sloped rear glass, aggressive body lines, optional two-tone roof, and much more. The C-HR oozes sportiness the HR-V cannot match, but this can also turn off some buyers.

In terms of size, the HR-V is shorter in length and narrower than the C-HR, but the latter’s swoopy roofline makes the HR-V 1.6 inches taller than the Toyota.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Toyota C-HR Difference
Length 170.4 inches 171.2 inches -0.8 inches
Width 69.8 inches 70.7 inches -0.9 inches
Height 63.2 inches 61.6 inches +1.6 inches
Wheelbase 102.8 inches 103.9 inches -1.1 inches
Ground Clearance 6.7 to 7.3 inches 5.9 inches +0.8 to +1.4 inches
Curb weight 2,906 to 3,150 pounds 3,300 pounds -394 to -150 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Simpler styling
  • Smaller footprint
  • Significantly more ground clearance

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Sporty look
  • Two-tone roof adds to the uniqueness


Inside, the 2019 Honda HR-V continues with its traditional styling. The HR-V sets itself apart from others is its long climate-control vent on the passenger’s side its unique Magic Seat second row that unlocks up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room — 22.4 cubes more than the C-HR.

The 2019 Toyota C-HR’s interior is nowhere near as dramatic as its exterior, but it still makes a bold statement with its sporty-looking steering wheel, swooping gloss-black dash applique, bolstered seats, stubby gear shifter, and triangular easter eggs strewn throughout.

The C-HR takes a big hit in roominess as Toyota clearly put form before function with its design. The swooping roofline kills its front seat headroom, plus it comes up dramatically short on rear legroom front and rear shoulder room, and cargo room.


Both the 2019 Honda HR-V and C-HR have great available features, but the C-HR has a few desirable standard features that are options in the HR-V. These include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and more. The HR-V comes back to one up the C-HR with its available Android Auto, which is oddly unavailable on the Toyota.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Toyota C-HR Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 38.1 inches +1.4 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 43.5 inches -2.3 inches
Front shoulder room 56.8 inches 49 inches +7.8 inches
Front hip room 53.1 inches 53 inches +0.1 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 38.3 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 31.7 inches +7.6 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.5 inches 52.5 inches +2 inches
Rear hip room 47.4 inches 48 inches -0.6 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet 19 cubic feet +4.2 to +5.3 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 57.6 to 58.8 cubic feet 36.4 cubic feet +21.2 to +22.4 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Significant legroom and shoulder room advantage
  • Tons more cargo space
  • Very traditional interior with upscale options

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • More modern cabin with Easter eggs
  • Sporty bolstered seats
  • More standard tech
  • Fully loaded with safety goodies


Neither the 2019 HR-V nor the 2019 C-HR are performance models, though the Toyota sure looks sporty. The HR-V, though, has a little spryness to it with its 141-horsepower 1.8-liter engine capable of sprinting it to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds. That’s a whopping 2.4 seconds quicker than the more powerful and sportier-looking C-HR.

What’s more, the HR-V is available with all-wheel drive like any good crossover should. The C-HR, however, is only available with front-wheel drive.


2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Toyota C-HR [Difference]
Engine 1.8-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 141 hp at 6,500 rpm 144 hp at 6,000 rpm -3 hp
Torque 127 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm 139 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -12 lb-ft
Transmission CVT CVT
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD
0-60 time 8.6 seconds 11 seconds -2.4 seconds
MPG City 26 to 28 mpg* 27 mpg 1 to +1 mpg
MPG Highway 31 to 34 mpg* 31 mpg 0 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 28 to 30 mpg* 29 mpg 1  to +1 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  • Available all-wheel drive

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • Slight handling advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda HR-V comes in four flavors — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $20,520 to $28,540.


The 2019 Toyota C-HR’s lineup includes three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. Their starting prices range from $20,995 to $26,050.

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520**

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Eco Assist system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto-off
  • Security system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • LED brake lights
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Map lights
  • LED pocket lights
  • Rear seat heating ducts
  • Floor mats
  • Cargo area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Chrome door pulls
  • Front vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row Magic Seat
  • Four-speaker, 160-watt audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • 1-amp USB audio interface in front console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines


Sport: $22,220**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • Larger front stabilizer bar
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Gloss-black mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust finisher
  • Fog lights
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in front console
  • Six-speaker,180-watt audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines


EX: $23,720**

  • All LX features,. Plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • 17-inch unique silver-painted
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch


EX-L: $25,320**

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


Touring: $28,540**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with gloss shark-gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation

2019 Toyota C-HR Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $20,995

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Normal, Sport, and Eco drive modes
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Aerodynamic rear diffuser
  • Black rear and lip spoilers
  • Body-color front and rear sport bumpers
  • Body-color rear fins and spoiler
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color outside door handles
  • Hidden rear door handle
  • Body-color, heated mirrors with run signals
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Black front lower grille insert
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic cruise control
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Urethane steering wheels
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-trimmed shifter with satin-plated shift knob
  • Fabric sport seats
  • Six-way manual seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Cargo-area cover
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 2.1-amp USB media port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Electric parking brake
  • Brake hold
  • Hill-start assist


XLE: $23,030

  • All LE features, plus
  • 18-inch vortex-style wheels
  • Touch-to-unlock sensors on doors and rear hatch
  • “Toyota C-HR” projection puddle lights
  • Auto-folding mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Limited: $26,050

  • All XLE features, plus
  • LED fog lights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Red rear bumper garnish
  • Chrome window trim accent
  • Piano-black B-pillar
  • Leather seating
  • Eight-way manual driver’s seat
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus infotainment system
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • In-car Wi-Fi

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V?

With a huge rear seat and insatiable cargo area, the 2019 Honda HR-V is great for larger families who prefer road manners to off-road capability.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota C-HR?

The 2019 Toyota C-HR is for a buyer who prefers form over function. One who would prefer a sporty look that grabs attention over a vehicle that hauls people or cargo very well.


Whether you’re hauling the kiddos to soccer practice in Henrietta or picking up home improvement materials in Rochester, the 2019 Honda HR-V has the space you need. See what the 2019 HR-V can do for your family at Garber Honda serving the Pittsford area. Take the HR-V for a drive today — it won’t disappoint. If you can’t make it in today, surf over to our online inventory page and see what 2019 HR-V models we have in stock for our Rochester area buyers before scheduling a test drive.


*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.