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TFL Compares the Chevy Trax and the Honda HRV

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Answering a reader question, TFL compared the Trax and the HRV. It's a great short read if you are trying to decide between the two vehicles.

Q: Mr. Nathan Adlen! I’m a big fan of the show and I love it when you and Roman review cars together. The funny thing is that you have reviewed both of the cars I’m interested in.

I want a small crossover that gets good mileage and has lots of usable room for my small family. I have an infant and a 3-year old. We’re an active family that enjoys road trips and we do a lot of commuting too. We don’t have much money, so it needs to cost about $25,000 or less with all wheel drive.

I narrowed my search to the Chevy Trax and the Honda HR-V. What do you think? I want the most for my money and need maximum utility too. The Chevy has more power, right? Maybe that’s a good place to start. Your money, which one would you buy?

Thanks buddy!

C.R. Portland, OR

A: Great question. Both vehicles are very utilitarian with the Honda HR-V having better packaging and more variety for seat configurations. The Chevrolet Trax is no slouch with good headroom and enough room to haul a seven-foot ladder, when configured correctly.

The Honda HR-V puts out more horsepower (141 hp & 127 lb-feet) while the Chevrolet Trax makes a lot more torque (138 hp and 148 lb-ft). Both drive great in the city with the Chevrolet Trax having better oomph off the line thanks to its turbo kick.

The only transmission available for the Chevrolet Trax is a six-speed automatic. The Honda HR-V has a manual option for its front-wheel drive models. Otherwise, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only transmission available with all-wheel drive.

In all-wheel drive-guise, the Chevrolet Trax feels slightly more lively.

Read about the Honda HR-V (Honda HR-V first test)

Read about the Chevrolet Trax (Chevy Trax first review)

In many ways, the manual-optioned Honda HR-V reminds me of a Honda Civic hatchback, which is a good thing. My money? I would take the HR-V with the manual transmission. It’s a bargain for what it is.

Otherwise, if all-wheel drive was a “must” – the Chevrolet Trax is a fine choice.

Keep in mind, there are a lot of other choices out there.

Fiat 500X
Mini Countryman
Mazda CX-3
Jeep Renegade
Nissan Juke
As good as these vehicles are, none of them can match the utility of the Honda HR-V or the bang-for-your-buck, tech-heavy Chevrolet Trax.

Best of luck!

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I have a feeling chevy needs to do something and quick to the trax, it's going to lose traction with all the competition that's out now. Good luck!
Do we have any idea when the Trax is due for a redesign? I also agree that it needs to stay fresh just because there is so much competition.
They should compare it to the CX-3 which hits a slightly different angle as it might not be as functional but looks much better, something which some potential Trax owners might be more pulled to.
The vehicle leading the segment last month was the Subaru XV CrossTrek, so maybe they should compare it to that. I'm up for any reasonable comparison really.
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