Subcompact SUVs are all the rage these days. After all, they give you that SUV versatility and AWD availability but with the nimble driving qualities of a sedan. Here's the thing, though... you have to be careful what you buy. Even if you think something should be an expected feature for a certain segment, not all brands will give you what you expect. Take AWD, for example, in this comparison of the 2018 Honda HR-V vs the 2018 Toyota C-HR.
When engineering the HR-V, Honda must have known that drivers like you desire the surefooted grip of AWD from time-to-time. Toyota, on the other hand, has confusingly left AWD off the C-HR lineup. Instead, it only offers two trim levels, and each one has front-wheel drive.
2018 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi w/AWD
2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium w/FWD
|96 cubic feet||Passenger Volume||84 cubic feet|
|Up to 55.9 cubic feet||Cargo Volume||Up to 36.4 cubic feet|
Of course, that isn't all you'll be looking for in a subcompact SUV. Interior versatility and spaciousness is also a factor. These models aren't nearly as spacious as a midsize SUV, but you still don't want something cramped, which could be a fear when it comes to the C-HR's 84 cubic feet of total passenger volume. The HR-V, by comparison, offers 96 cubic feet, which is much more in-line with the segment expectation. It even manages to impress in cargo volume, with up to 55.9 cubic feet of space for vacation luggage or camping gear once all the seats are folded down.
We also can't forget to mention that for some drivers, the C-HR may severely fall behind with tech and interior amenities, as it offers no navigation system, no CD or MP3 player capability, and only cloth seats instead of leather like the HR-V EX-L Navi. So, as you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider the 2018 Honda HR-V for your next vehicle, but to really know for sure, schedule a test drive here at Hilton Head Honda.