2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Fiat 500X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-V and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the HR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Honda dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

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 61 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V LX AWD gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (27 city/31 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda HR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops shorter than the 500X:

 

HR-V

500X

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 500X AWD’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the HR-V’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the 500X (102.8 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 500X Trekking (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.

The HR-V is 5.7 inches narrower than the 500X, making the HR-V easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 500X doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The HR-V has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (100.1 vs. 91.7).

The HR-V has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The 500X’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 32.1 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 500X doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the HR-V has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

The HR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 500X only retains 35.57% to 36.62%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the 500X, including $136 less for a water pump, $11 less for front brake pads, $254 less for fuel injection and $108 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $5002 to $5562 less than for the Fiat 500X.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500X isn't recommended.

The Honda HR-V outsold the Fiat 500X by over 16 to one during 2018.

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