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Having made its North American debut in 2018, the C-HR is Toyota’s answer to the recent popularity of subcompact crossover SUVs. Just a few years prior, Honda released their similarly sized HR-V in North America in 2015. These small subcompact crossovers address the growing market of drivers who need the cargo space and exceptional visibility of an SUV but prefer the handling, MPG, and lower cost of a small car.
Both Toyota and Honda vehicles come backed by excellent reputations. Honda was named Best Value Brand in 2018 according to Kelley Blue Book, rivaled closely by Toyota who was named Best Resale Value Brand in 2018 by KBB41.
The 2019 Honda HR-V LX has a slightly lower starting MSRP of $20,520 vs. the 2019 Toyota C-HR LE’s starting MSRP of $20,995, but the C-HR has several standard feature advantages over the HR-V in a base grade comparison12.
When it comes to safety features, Toyota delivers with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 standard on all trims. Honda offers their own safety package, Honda Sensing®, but it is not available on the 2019 HR-V LX or Sport models.
Along with advanced active safety features, the Toyota C-HR also features excellent handling and great ride comfort, making it a spectacularly fun drive and an outstanding example of a subcompact crossover SUV.
Another useful feature of the Toyota C-HR is found in its warranty. ToyotaCare is a major advantage to drivers looking to purchase a vehicle with a no-cost maintenance plan1138. Honda has their own version of a maintenance plan with Honda Care®, but it comes at an additional cost on the HR-V.
Comparing the 2019 Toyota C-HR vs. the 2019 Honda HR-V in a head-to-head comparison highlights two great examples of subcompact crossover SUVs. When looking more closely at the fine details of the two cars, it becomes clear that the Toyota C-HR has some distinct advantages -- most notably, the addition of Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 and ToyotaCare1138 standard on all trims.
Every 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24. This feature includes a number of advanced safety functions beneficial to both driver and passenger safety. Honda Sensing® has comparable features, although Honda Sensing® is not available on the 2019 Honda HR-V LX or Sport models.
Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 includes the following beneficial safety features:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)2322 is designed to help to mitigate potential collisions using radar and an in-vehicle camera to help detect a preceding vehicle and, under certain daytime conditions, a pedestrian. If the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian is likely, an audio and visual alert is given and, provided the driver applies the brakes, the system may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist (BA)28. If the driver does not apply the brakes in this situation, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed to help mitigate the impact or avoid the collision altogether.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)20 alerts the driver, under certain conditions, if the vehicle begins to leave its lane. Steering Assist (SA) may make corrective steering inputs.
Automatic High Beams (AHB)18 relies on an in-vehicle camera to help detect headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles and automatically toggles between high or low beams to provide the appropriate amount of light.
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)39 is designed to help detect a preceding vehicle and to automatically adjust speed to help maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. Once the slower vehicle is no longer in your lane, the system will resume your preset speed.
As mentioned previously, Honda Sensing®, which shares some comparable features to Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 is not available on the 2019 Honda HR-V LX or Sport models. Also worth noting: no trim level of the HR-V features Blind Spot Monitoring33 or Rear Cross Traffic Alert34.
Drivers looking for a great warranty on their new vehicle will find that the warranty on a 2019 Toyota C-HR exceeds their needs with a 36 month/36,000 mile Basic Warranty and a 60 month/60,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. With ToyotaCare, all leased or purchased 2019 Toyota vehicles receive free 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles plus no-cost normal factory scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000-miles, whichever comes first 1138.
Honda offers an extended service contract for 2019 vehicles, but it comes at an additional cost to the MSRP of the vehicle. In addition, a limited warranty on the 2019 HR-V only covers powertrain and accessory repair for 3 years or 36,000 miles.
Looking at safety during impact, the 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with 10 airbags. The HR-V comes with only 6 airbags. Both vehicles received NHTSA 5-star overall crash test ratings26.
You want to be comfortable while out on the road. Both the 2019 Toyota C-HR and the 2019 Honda HR-V offer interior touches that can help both you and your passengers enjoy the ride. From infotainment features to comfortable seating and environment controls, the Toyota C-HR offers a driver-centric approach to vehicle interior design.
For your infotainment needs, the LX trim of the Honda HR-V has a 5-in. display, while a larger 7-in. touch-screen is featured on the Sport trim. The Toyota C-HR features a much larger 8-in. touch-screen, even on the base models. In addition, every Toyota C-HR trim level has Apple CarPlay® compatibility4651 to help keep you entertained on your commute. Base Honda HR-V trims do not come with Apple CarPlay integration.
Your comfort on the road is important. Most Toyota C-HR trims have a 6-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger's seat. Plus, the Limited trim features an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat. While the top-grade 2019 Honda HR-V Touring does come with a 8-way power adjusting driver's seat, every other grade only comes standard with a driver's seat with manual height adjustment.
Drivers of the Toyota C-HR also enjoy considerably more front legroom (43.46 inches) vs. the legroom in the HR-V (41.2 inches).
Controlling your comfort is easy with the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s dual zone HVAC climate control system, which comes standard on all trims. The 2019 Honda HR-V LX comes with Air Conditioning with Filtration System to keep the cabin at a comfortable set temperature.
Both the 2019 Toyota C-HR and the 2019 Honda HR-V offer valuable safety features to help keep you safe on the road along with fun and functional interior touches. But, when it comes to power and performance, which vehicle has more “get up and go”?
In comparing horsepower and torque, the 2019 Toyota C-HR has a clear advantage. All 2019 Toyota C-HR trims have more horsepower and torque (144/139) than any HR-V model (141/127).
Looking to MPG, the HR-V does have a very slight overall MPG advantage over the 2019 Toyota C-HR at an EPA-estimated 30 MPG combined vs. the Toyota C-HR’s EPA-estimated 29 MPG combined48. However, when considering the large gap in performance numbers, this advantage is underwhelming.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR brings the best of both worlds to drivers offering fun, dynamic driving performance thanks to direct steering input, minimal body roll, and car-like handling in a crossover. It also boasts the exceptional comfort and additional cargo space of an SUV.
When comparing the performance specs of these two vehicles, it becomes clear that the extra costs involved with the HR-V do not add up when you take account of its lack of advantages.
Drivers who appreciate the style and space of an SUV but prefer the efficiency and cost of a compact car will be elated to find that both Toyota and Honda are tough competitors when it comes to subcompact crossover SUVs. In this head-to-head, the Toyota C-HR demonstrated many distinct advantages.
Toyota was named the Best Resale Value Brand for 2018 by Kelley Blue Book41. Renowned for the brand’s longevity and long-term reliability, the Toyota C-HR is an exemplary member of the Toyota crossover family.
When looking at a comparison of safety features, the Toyota C-HR comes out well ahead. Every 2019 Toyota C-HR comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 which hosts a series of features beneficial to the driver. Honda’s equivalent program, Honda Sensing®, is not available on the HR-V LX or Sport trims. Safety is paramount while out on the road, and Toyota takes a strong lead for safety features on the 2019 Toyota C-HR.
While the 2019 Honda HR-V LX has an initially lower starting MSRP of $20,520 vs. the 2019 Toyota C-HR LE’s starting MSRP of $20,99512, the difference in MSRP becomes insignificant when looking at the advantages in safety, interior features, and performance that are unique to the Toyota C-HR.
When these features are combined into one subcompact crossover SUV, we get a clear head-to-head winner in the 2019 Toyota C-HR.