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2019 Honda HR-V remains one of the best subcompact SUVs

Additional creature comforts and a couple new trim levels make a good car even better.

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The 2019 HR-V might feature new creature comforts and trims, but one area where the HR-V is no different than when it debuted is the powertrain. 

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It still rocks the same 1.8-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder that it's always had. 

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141 horsepower isn't all that much, and 127 pound-feet of torque definitely isn't, granting the HR-V forward motion that could be described as slightly better than sluggish on a good day.

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Honda's 1.5-liter turbo I4 would be a much better option for this car, especially in the wake of new competition like the Hyundai Kona, which has an optional turbocharged engine good for 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

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Yet, the HR-V is still a blast to drive once I'm up to speed. It feels flat enough during spirited driving, offering confidence as the thing gets thrown into corner after corner.

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While Honda still fits a dinky little screen in the base HR-V, higher trim levels receive a revised 7-inch Display Audio infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Now that backup cameras are standard, I've become a stickler for quality ones, and the HR-V disappoints in that area. 

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While the field of view is appropriately wide, the resolution is so low that it's hard to pick out details at even a moderate distance.

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One big improvement for the 2019 model year is the democratization of Honda Sensing, the automaker's suite of active and passive safety systems.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the 2019 HR-V, and don't forget to read our in-depth review.

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