The HR-V is the smallest of Honda's SUV offerings, slotting below the CR-V, Passport, and Pilot in terms of price and size. It was introduced in North America for the 2016 model year and shares underpinnings with the now-discontinued third-generation Honda Fit. Honda's littlest trucklette competes against other subcompact crossovers like the Subaru Crosstrek, Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks, and Toyota C-HR.
For the 2021 model year, the HR-V adds new wheels for the Sport trim and above. Also, the Sport trim now gets rear privacy glass.
Frankly, Honda fails to impress in the subcompact SUV segment the way it does in the compact sedan, midsize sedan, and subcompact hatchback spaces. The HR-V's wheezy four-cylinder powerplant is barely up to the task of motivating a vehicle this size and the interior, though spacious and usable, feels cheap. Cabin materials feel rough and too much road and tire noise infiltrate the passenger area.
The HR-V works to make up for its sluggish acceleration with excellent efficiency numbers and confident, stable handling. Honda's clever packaging means the cargo area is more spacious and usable than the subcompact's tight dimensions would suggest.
Our year with an HR-V as part of our long-term fleet proved it to be an inexpensive car to own, too. We'd just recommend that if you opt for an HR-V, make sure it's one of the higher-spec models with smartphone-friendly infotainment and Honda's active safety suite.
The only available engine for the HR-V is a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated four-banger that develops 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. That grunt is routed via a CVT automatic for standard FWD or available AWD. Front drivers are rated at 28/34 mpg city/highway, and those with four driven wheels return 27/31 mpg. Acceleration is less impressive; our quickest 0-60 run took 9.5 seconds.
Other than a mixed headlight rating, the HR-V performs well in IIHS safety testing. It earns top scores in all six crashworthiness tests and the front crash prevention evaluation. The LED headlights on the HR-V Touring earn an Acceptable rating, but the more common halogen options receive Marginal and Poor scores. When equipped with automatic emergency braking and those LEDs, the HR-V is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick. It also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
If you can shell out for an EX, EX-L, or Touring model, it will come standard with Honda's collection of driver-assist active safety tech. Cars equipped with the Honda Sensing suite include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Like the Honda Fit with which it shares its bones, the HR-V is a fine example of Honda's packaging prowess. The gas tank is mounted under the front seats, which allows for a configurable rear seat and a resultantly versatile and spacious cargo area.
FWD models offer 24.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats and 58.8 with those seats folded down; AWD examples are limited to 23.2 and 57.6 cubic feet. All models include seating for five with 41.2 inches of legroom up front and 39.3 inches in the rear.
Base HR-Vs make do with a 5.0-inch infotainment display with Bluetooth connectivity and little else. Just like the Civic and CR-V, infotainment alone serves as motivation to avoid the entry-level model. Every other HR-V includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and Touring models include integrated navigation. Four-speaker audio creates sound waves in lower-spec cars while higher trims get a six-speaker system.
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