2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Chevrolet Trax

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

Both the HR-V and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

HR-V

Trax

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

321 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

203

382

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The HR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Trax has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 33 points higher than the Trax.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (141 vs. 138) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda HR-V is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

HR-V

Trax

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.4 sec

18.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.8 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.2 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Trax:

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Trax

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Transmission

The HR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Trax doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Honda HR-V has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The HR-V stops shorter than the Trax:

 

HR-V

Trax

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the HR-V has larger tires than the Trax (215/55R17 vs. 205/70R16).

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the HR-V has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trax.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V AWD has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the HR-V AWD flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the HR-V’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Trax (102.8 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the HR-V has greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (6.7 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the HR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Trax doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the Trax LT AWD (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The HR-V has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (100.1 vs. 92.8).

The HR-V has .4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The HR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Trax doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the HR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The HR-V Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the HR-V Touring offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

The HR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the HR-V will retain 47.71% to 48.19% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 41.97% to 42.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Trax because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Trax, including $179 less for a water pump, $402 less for a muffler, $21 less for front brake pads, $91 less for a fuel pump, $11 less for front struts, $587 less for a timing belt/chain and $218 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $3298 to $5049 less than for the Chevrolet Trax.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Trax isn't recommended.

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its October 2015 issue and they ranked the Honda HR-V LX AWD first. They ranked the Chevrolet Trax LT AWD third.

The Honda HR-V outsold the Chevrolet Trax by 3229 units during the 2018 model year.

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