A secret all car critics know — a subcompact SUV might be the ideal car for many drivers. Yes, Americans tend to prefer more size. But the best subcompact SUVs have luxuries equal to larger cars, more space than you might expect, and can flit in and out of traffic with ease. Two of the best come from two companies that have vied for attention from American families for decades. Honda’s
subcompact SUV, the HR-V, was redesigned just last year. Toyota’s
Corolla Cross was introduced as an entirely new model around the same time. They’re the freshest things in the segment, and each offers a tremendous balance of traits.
Let’s see how they compare.2024 Honda HR-V The Honda HR-V was redesigned from the wheels up for the 2023 model year, so Honda hasn’t found it necessary to make significant changes for 2024. It’s upscale for such an inexpensive vehicle, with a sophisticated suspension setup rare at this price range and luxury tech like active noise cancelation. Pricing starts at $24,100. Honda HR-V highlights Upscale interior: If you haven’t been car shopping in a few years, you probably expect affordable subcompact vehicles to have fairly spartan interiors. The HR-V’s cabin might shock you. Attractive features like a honeycomb trim line through the dashboard give it character. Available leather seats step up the luxury and offer interesting quilting patterns. Serious rear seat room: Honda easily wins this comparison’s rear seat comfort battle. The HR-V beats the Corolla Cross in shoulder room and dramatically beats it in legroom. If you’re buying your HR-V as a family car, it will still work when the kids reach high school. Active Noise Cancellation: Honda surprised us when they built this into such an affordable car. Active noise cancellation uses strategically-placed speakers to cancel out wind and road noise, making the HR-V one of the quietest vehicles in its price range. Check out: The redesigned 2024 Chevy Trax: a roomy, affordable crossove …