Based on the recently discontinued Fit subcompact, the HR-V has a versatile, cargo-friendly rear seat that flips up or folds down flat and low.
Considerably smaller and less expensive than the CR-V, the HR-V is loud and the ride is stiff.
Handling is responsive and secure.
Power comes from a 141-hp four-cylinder driving either the front or all four wheels.
But the HR-V feels underpowered, an impression amplified by the continuously variable transmission.
The Honda's strengths include its excellent 29 mpg overall, very flexible interior, and generous rear-seat and cargo room.
The front seats are short on support, however.
Available features include heated leather seats, a sunroof, and keyless entry.
The EX is the better choice because it comes with active safety features and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.