The Honda HR-V is the brand’s smallest and most affordable SUV, and it was just redesigned for the 2023 model year. Its many upgrades over its predecessor make it more competitive with a relative newcomer in the subcompact SUV class, the Kia Seltos.
Let’s take a closer look at these small SUVs and find the right one for you.
2023 Kia Seltos
The Kia Seltos is both a stylish subcompact SUV and a great value. It has a modest starting price, most trims come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD), and its good fuel economy and roomy interior make it practical. Pricing starts at $22,840. View listings near you.
Kia Seltos Highlights
More affordable: The Kia Seltos is slightly more affordable than the Honda HR-V. It not only carries a lower sticker price, but it’s more fuel-efficient, which can turn into significant savings in the long term. It’s also worth noting that the base trim of the Seltos has AWD for $22,840, but the most affordable AWD-equipped HR-V starts at $25,150.
Turbo engine option: The Kia Seltos has an optional turbocharged engine that makes driving more exciting. The turbo engine produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, while every HR-V is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. Even with the turbo engine, the price tag and fuel economy are still pretty reasonable with the Seltos.
Excellent warranty: The warranty that protects the Kia Seltos exceeds the Honda warranty. The Seltos comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. By comparison, the HR-V has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
2023 Honda HR-V
The Honda HR-V received an overdue redesign for the 2023 model year. The all-new HR-V has a new look, a more premium interior, and more standard tech features than its predecessor. Pricing starts at $23,650. View listings near you.
Honda HR-V Highlights
Upscale interior: Both of these SUVs have lovely interiors, but the inside of the HR-V arguably has a more premium look and feel than the Seltos. The interior of the HR-V got a massive upgrade in the 2023 redesign with a surprisingly upscale look and nice interior materials. It also has a smooth and quiet ride for an SUV this size.
Wireless smartphone connectivity: Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are convenient optional features in the Honda HR-V that you can’t get in the Kia Seltos. If you opt for the top EX-L trim, you can connect your smartphone to the screen in the car without taking it out of your purse or pocket.
Honda Sensing: Every trim of the Honda HR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing safety tech suite. It bundles safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and lane-keep assist to add safety and confidence to your drive. The Sport trim adds blind-spot monitoring and the top EX-L trim further adds parking sensors and low-speed braking control.
Newer: The Seltos is only in its third model year, but that still means it could be two years before its next redesign. The HR-V, however, is all-new this year. If you keep your vehicles for five years or more, but also like to drive the current generation, the HR-V has an advantage.
Roomy, attractive interiors, many standard safety features, available AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder base engines, standard Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
The Kia Seltos is the value choice thanks to its lower starting price, better fuel economy, and longer warranty. However, the all-new Honda HR-V is worth a test drive for its modern design, upscale interior, and intuitive tech features. You can’t go wrong with either, and which is right for you largely depends on personal preference.
|2023 Kia Seltos||2023 Honda HR-V|
|Engine||2.0-liter I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||146 hp @ 6,200 rpm||158 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm|
|Transmission||CVT automatic||CVT automatic|
|Fuel Economy||29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg||26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg|
|Also Available||1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder; 7-speed automatic; AWD||AWD|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||4 stars||TBD|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||103.5 inches||104.5 inches|
|Overall Length||172.0 inches||179.8 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||72.4 inches|
|Height||63.6 inches||63.4 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||35.1 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.0 inches||39.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.4 inches||38.0 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.4 inches||41.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.0 inches||37.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.5 inches||56.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.7 inches||55.2 inches|
|Cargo Volume||26.6/62.8 cubic feet||24.4/55.1 cubic feet|