The small SUV segment is warming up fast, and the Kia Soul and Mazda CX-3 have some great options in the segment, but none of them carry the freight better than the Honda HR-V. Its ingenious second-row Magic Seat is borrowed from its corporate cousin, the Honda Fit hatchback subcompact; Once folded, the seat creates a cargo space above the classroom. Energy efficiency is the other strong point of the HR-V, but, unfortunately, driving dynamics is not. For a SUV that is well built and practical, look no further. For buyers who appreciate the sport more than utility, try the Kia or Mazda.
Honda prefers to think of the HR-V as an interesting mix of coupe and crossover. He scores a big blow in the side panels of the HR-V, pushes the rear door handles into the door frames, and drops the nose down like that on the Civic. At the same time, its defenses swell and its roof vaults. The clues bind him more to Acuras than to some Honda. It’s not nearly as drab as the Chevy Trax, but does not have the panache that Jeep wrote so well in the Renegade.
Inside the 2018 Honda HR-V, there is a well-appointed cabin, devoid of the double-screen clutter, now endangered compared to other Honda. The dashboard has its weaknesses, like slender vents sliced across the dashboard in front of the passenger, a clear compromise for a low, open cockpit. The fit and finish are better than in the Honda Fit, the layout is clean, and a large touchscreen shines in the center of the dashboard in most models; the basic versions have a less impressive screen of 5.0 inches. The HR-V still has touch screen controls and does not have a volume knob, so it can be difficult to operate safely at high speed.
Power for the current, 2018 HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter I-4 rated at 121 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed manual on the front or a CVT on the front or four-wheel drive. Three versions are available, including LX, EX and EX-L-Navi. The high-end model includes leather seats, navigation and standard shift paddles.
The base model HR-V LX starts at $ 19,570 and a fully loaded HR-V EX with Navigation and AWD will only cost you $ 26,340. If you’re looking for a compact and stylish SUV, the HR-V may be worth your attention.