2018 Honda HR-V vs. Its Competition

2018 Honda HR-V
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Subcompact crossovers represent one of the fastest-growing segments—and it's easy to see why.

Sized about like the boxy Jeep Cherokee that ushered in the SUV wave three decades ago—yes, it has really been that long—this segment offers more room and punch than you might expect.

If it's sporty driving you're after, the Mazda CX-3 delivers, but it's not very roomy.

The Chevrolet Trax was an early arrival that was refreshed for 2017; it looks plain and drives even more plainly.

The Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade are essentially the same underneath, but the Italian is more style-oriented and the Jeep delivers more off-road ability than anyone else in the class.

The Toyota C-HR doesn’t even offer all-wheel drive; its flashy sheet metal tries to cover for its lack of power, and almost succeeds.

2018 Honda HR-V2018 Honda HR-V
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2018 Jeep Renegade2018 Jeep Renegade
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2018 Mazda CX-32018 Mazda CX-3
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Honda HR-V blends great rear-seat flexibility and gas mileage, but it’s slow.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy’s smallest utility vehicle, is straightforward: it’s plain on the outside but practical inside, not particularly fast but adequately fuel-efficient.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade mounts a spirited defense of its brand bona fides, but delivers a less convincing impression of a great economy car.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR rides high, with astonishing looks that we like (you may differ); they're the selling point for a slow car that doesn't offer all-wheel drive despite a crossover label.
The 2018 Fiat 500X comes with more built-in personality than most other small SUVs, though it’s an urban warrior rather than an off-roader.
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Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Small Station WagonsSpecial PurposeSmall SUV 2WDCompact CarsCompact CarsSmall SUV 2WD
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LX 2WD ManualFWD 4-Door LSSport FWD *Ltd Avail*Sport FWDXLE FWD (GS)Blue Sky Edition FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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