The 2021 Honda HR-V and the 2021 Hyundai Venue are the least expensive SUVs from their respective brands. Here’s how they compare.
2021 Honda HR-V
Above Average: Exceptionally roomy interior; versatile cargo-carrying capability; available AWD.
Below Average: Touchscreen infotainment interface; sluggish acceleration; active-safety features not available on lower trims.
Consensus: With above-average fuel economy and a tempting price, the Honda HR-V is a good value for the buyer on a budget. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) requires lots of engine rpm to climb hills. However, the flexible interior of this Honda is great for hauling passengers and cargo.
2021 Hyundai Venue
Above Average: Value pricing; maneuverability; standard active-safety features; excellent warranty.
Below Average: Not very powerful; front-wheel drive only; limited luggage space.
Consensus: The Hyundai Venue appeals to city dwellers looking for an inexpensive and practical small SUV that fits anywhere and includes a good feature set. A long warranty and free scheduled maintenance add to the appeal, but AWD is not offered.
HR-V vs. Venue: City-Sized SUVs
The HR-V is Honda’s smallest and least expensive SUV. The HR-V is deceptively roomy, though, particularly its rear seat. Dubbed “Magic Seat” by Honda, its multi-folding capability allows for exceptional cargo-carrying versatility. It’s standard on all four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L.
The sole engine is a 141-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with 127 lb-ft of torque that pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) optional. The HR-V is not quick, but fuel economy is good: 28/34 mpg city/highway (FWD) and 27/31 mpg (AWD).
Honda’s 7-inch infotainment display is on all but the base LX and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but lacks a tuning knob and menu shortcut buttons. Navigation is not offered. The LX is sparsely equipped; the Sport features unique design elements along with a smattering of additional features.
We recommend the EX or EX-L, which get the HR-V’s bundle of active-safety features known as Honda Sensing. This suite includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Those two trims also have heated seats, a sunroof, and Honda’s LaneWatch, which displays onto the center screen a live feed of the right-side blind-spot zone when the right turn signal is activated.
The 2021 Hyundai Venue is the brand’s smallest and least expensive crossover, slotting below the already-compact Kona. Its tidy footprint and tight turning circle give the Venue exceptional maneuverability, and good visibility helps make it a cinch to park.
The cabin is not huge, but a tall roof and upright seating allow just enough room for adults in the back seat. Cargo space, though, is limited with 18.7 cubic feet behind the seats and 31.9 with them folded. While there’s plenty of hard plastic inside, the controls including the standard 8-inch touchscreen are extremely user-friendly.
The Venue’s lone engine choice is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder paired with a CVT and front-wheel drive. AWD is not offered. Its 121 horsepower isn’t a lot, but the CVT makes good use of what’s there, and the Venue feels spry enough around town, less so on the highway. Fuel economy is 30 mpg city, 33 mpg highway. The ride can be busy, but the steering is light and accurate.
Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking is standard on all three trim levels, as is lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are on the upper two trims.
Small footprint; modest horsepower; CVTs.
2021 Honda HR-V Advantages
Rear seat room; cargo carrying; available AWD; NHTSA 5-star safety; high resale value.
2021 Hyundai Venue Advantages
Standard active-safety features on all trims; long warranty; 3-year free scheduled maintenance.
Which One Is Right for Me?
The 2021 Honda HR-V great urban companion that offers all-wheel drive for those concerned about the weather. The rear Magic Seat gives the HR-V unrivaled flexibility to haul people and cargo.
The 2021 Hyundai Venue has the advantage of lower pricing as well as better tech. It also boasts long bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties.
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|2021 Honda HR-V||2021 Hyundai Venue|
|Engine||1.8-liter I4||1.6-liter I4|
|Horsepower||141 hp @ 6,500 rpm||121 hp @ 6,300 rpm|
|Torque||127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm||113 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||30 mpg (28 city/34 hwy)||31 mpg (30 city/33 hwy)|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||10 years/100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||5 stars||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||102.8 inches||99.2 inches|
|Overall Length||170.4 inches||159.1 inches|
|Width||69.8 inches||69.7 inches|
|Height||63.2 inches||61.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||33.2 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.5 inches||39.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.6 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.2 inches||41.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.3 inches||34.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.8 inches||53.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.5 inches||53.7 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||100.1 cubic feet||91.9 cubic feet|
|EPA Cargo Volume||23.2/57.6 cubic feet||18.7/31.9 cubic feet|
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