2017 Chevrolet Trax vs 2017 Honda HR-V

We look at two popular options in the subcompact crossover segment to see which one packs the most practicality and daily livability into their tiny frames. The 2017 Chevrolet Trax packs a peppy little turbocharged engine, but Honda is the master of utility vehicle practicality, so which will prove the better crossover all around?

When comparing two cars you have to look at both spec sheets and compare the numbers but be warned that doesn’t really always tell you the full story now when it comes to these two sub compact crossovers we’re looking at today the chevrolet trax on the honda hrv one of them has the advantage on paper and in the real world so we’ll start this one off by talking

About some of the good things about this chevy trax before the hrv shows up and kind of rains on its parade so one of my favorite things here in the trax and probably one of the bigger selling features for the chevrolet is this little 1.4 liter turbocharged engine now it makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque but the real key is that all of that torque

Comes on just over 1,800 rpm now over in the hrv you get about 20 less foot-pounds of torque and the torque doesn’t come on until nearly 4,000 rpm so in the honda you’re kind of left waiting to get the power it really has to rev up here in the chevrolet you get a real nice kick of power down low and it just gets this thing moving it feels nice now the second key

Advantage to the chevy and the one thing you notice right away is that there’s a lot more glass and there’s a lot more headroom in this thing so the cabin of this trax it feels nice and airy it feels nice and spacious the honda because it has that really sharply raked windshield and roof line it cuts down on your head room when you’re inside and it can feel a

Little bit more cramped now the funny thing is that yeah you sit in the trax and it feels big and spacious but when you actually look at the two the hrv offers more room for cargo and for people here in the trax you get thirty five point seven inches of rear seat legroom while over in the hrv you get thirty nine point three inches and it’s the same story when

It comes to cargo volume in the hrv you get twenty three point two cubic feet behind the seats while over in the trax you only get eighteen point seven and the same goes for when the rear seat is folded down the hrv is almost five cubic feet bigger and to add insult to injury the way the seats fold here in the trax it’s just not very intuitive and it doesn’t

Leave you with quite a flat floor there’s a bit of an angle while in the hrv honda has its excellent magic seats now these things have two different figurations you can get a totally flat floor or you can put things down in the footwell that can be quite tall you just get a lot of different options for storing different types of cargo and best of all these magic

Seats are simple to figure out and that’s what’s most important now despite the fact that i do like the engine and 6-speed automatic combo here in the chevy this thing is also let down just frankly by the way it drives it feels really tall compared to the hrv and the suspension is kind of wishy-washy it rolls over in corners you get even a little bit of front

To back kind of waffling the honda just feels well sorted everything feels tight it feels like a decent handling car everything here in the trax just feels a little sloppy alright that’s enough on the tracks let’s go jump in the hrv and see what that thing’s really all about so unlike the tracks let’s start by talking about a few of the negatives here in the

Honda and the first one should be obvious to you it’s all about this right here there’s just not a lot of headroom in this hrv now i’d stand at about 6 foot 2 i do fit and i fit comfortably it’s just that the cabin in here feels sort of cramped now on top of that i wish the driver’s seat would just go a little bit lower and honda this is a fully loaded model so

How come i don’t have a power driver’s seat i still have to crank it down myself now besides those two things really it’s kind of hard to find things that the hrv doesn’t do well it has a lot of great really smart features especially compared to that chevy first of all it has honda’s lanewatch camera which is a nice feature that shows you the right passenger

Side of your car when you’re changing lanes now it also has a brake hold feature which is certainly nothing new but i do like the brake hold it allows you to stop at a red light and not put your foot on the brake and it will hold the car there for you and finally the infotainment system here in the hrv works pretty well it’s a little bit confusing maybe but i

Would still take it over the system in the chevy and the big reason for that is that even though the chevy purrs apple carplay and android auto i can’t get navigation in a tracks without the use of my phone and that sort of bugs me i mean sure i might have my phone with me but if i want navigation and my phone dies or i don’t have it with me i can’t get it here

In the honda it comes standard in this exl model and i do like that so like i mentioned before you definitely get some more down low power out of the engine in the tracks and here in the hrv this thing is definitely not quick but i do need to commend honda on this cvt the brand has tuned it so that it can act like a 7-speed automatic transmission and they even

Give you paddle shifters which you know seems kind of gimmicky but they actually work pretty well when you need more power you can nail that paddle shifter the revs will shoot up and this little thing actually takes off because all of its power is accessible way up there near redline and like usual one of the big benefits of this cvt is fuel economy now here in

Our all-wheel-drive hrv we’re ready to get 27 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway while over in the tracks with the 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive that car is rated to get 24 in the city and just 30 on the highway so once again the hrv comes out on top and like i said earlier especially compared to the tracks this honda is just a pleasure

To drive it just feels really nicely sorted out nice and planted it has good tight steering there’s not a lot of body roll and yet it remains comfortable over the bumps it seems to do everything pretty well and finally we have to look at the price now a basic chevrolet trax will cost you twenty one thousand eight hundred and ninety five dollars while our loaded

Premier all-wheel drive model will come in just under twenty nine thousand dollars and here comes the real reason why this hrv is such a champ if you’re getting a basic front-wheel drive model with that 6-speed manual you’re only gonna pay nineteen thousand four hundred and sixty-five dollars while our exl navi ma costs just 27,000 $180 this thing has easily as

Many features as the tracks it has more space and it cost less in my eyes the chevy trax really has two key advantages you get that torquey turbo and you get that nice airy cabin but when you really look at the nitty-gritty at the stuff that matters to families it’s all about this hrv it has more space it has clever features and all for less money you

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