Honda's HR-V has undergone a light makeover for 2019 with updated bumpers and taillights, and the subcompact SUV and now standard is the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies for higher-end models.
The 2019 HR-V, which is coming to Honda showrooms this month, is now offered in Sport and Touring Trim. Honda Sensing is standard on EX and above trims, making the safety technology available on every model the company sells. The technology includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist.
Exterior improvements beyond the bumpers and taillights include new headlights and grille. Blackout trim and 18-inch wheels distinguish HR-V Sport trims, while the all-wheel-drive Touring trim has LED headlights, chrome trim and LED fog lights.
Inside the HR-V has a new Display Audio system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Honda says it improved the navigation system, available only in Touring trims, with sharper graphics and 3D landmarks. All models feature a redesigned driver's meter with an analog speedometer and digital tachometer.
Honda also made some changes to the EX and EX-L models with redesigned seat upholstery and high-contrast stitching. Touring models get double-stitched leather-trimmed seat and an 8-way power adjustment for the driver.
The automaker added sound-absorbing materials to the four-door SUV to dampen road noise. Honda placed additional sound-blocking materials in the firewall, under the floor and on the passenger-side footwell. Sport trim models and higher have Active Noise Cancellation, which uses reverse-phase audio signals through the HR-V audio system to eliminate low-frequency road noise.
The MSRP for the front-wheel HR-V LX trim starts at $20,500 with the top-end Touring retailing for more than $28,000.