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Cargo Volume and Interior Space

While the vehicles we’ve listed may be smaller than the average crossover, they nevertheless offer a good amount of cargo space at a convenient height for loading and unloading. This is especially true of the HR-V, which has a maximum cargo volume of 55.1 cubic feet (with the second-row seat folded flat). The runner-up is the Subaru Crosstrek with a cargo capacity capping at 54.7 cu. ft. While that number is close to the HR-V’s, most of the other competitors pale in comparison: the Kona only provides 45.8 cu. ft. and the Kicks a mere 32.3 cu. ft.

Even with the rear seatback up, the HR-V delivers 24 cu. ft. of space, which is more than the CX-30’s 20.2 cu. ft. While the Corolla Cross’ cargo area with the rear seat up is the same as the HR-V’s, the Honda wins out on passenger space: it boasts 98.7 cu. ft. compared to the Corolla Cross’s 94.9 cu. ft. The HR-V’s passenger volume is also 4.1 cu. ft. greater than the Kona’s and CX-30’s and 6.1 cu. ft. greater than the Kicks’).

Impressive Equipment

Honda does a fine job filling the HR-V with the amenities today’s buyers are looking for. Look at the top-of-the-line EX-L trim (MSRP: $27,650): it has a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery (for the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob), and a wireless phone charger. Plus, its infotainment system has a 9-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system.

If you choose one of the HR-V’s competitors, it will cost you more to get similar deluxe features. For example, the Crosstrek doesn’t have a power-adjustable driver’s seat until the Limited trim (MSRP: $30,895), or a leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob until the Sport trim (MSRP: $28,995). With the Kona, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather seats aren’t issued until the Limited trim (MSRP: $28,950).

Mazda doesn’t offer wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless phone charging, or ambient interior lighting for the 2023 CX-30. And heated front seats aren’t standard until that models Preferred trim, with an MSRP of $28,550 (heated seats are more expensive to access in the Corolla Cross, too, as are a power driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic climate control). Most of those aforementioned amenities aren’t available whatsoever on the 2023 Nissan Kicks.

Advanced Safety Features

While every model in this comparison is equipped with an array of standard driver-assist technologies, the entry-level HR-V LX also gets traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition. Neither of those is offered for the Corolla Cross, Crosstrek, Kona, or Kicks, and while the CX-30 qualifies for both, you’ll have to spend more to get them. Parking sensors are optional on the HR-V at a lower price than with the Corolla Cross, Kona, and CX-30 (parking sensors aren’t available at all with the Crosstrek). Hill descent control is provided in the HR-V as well, but not in the Corolla Cross. As a final highlight, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control are standard in the HR-V, which cannot be said of the Kona.

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