2016 Honda HR-V

Pros: Impressive cargo room in a small package; excellent visibility; nimble handling and outstanding maneuverability; good selection of available features

Cons: Cabin ambiance is rather bland; “virtual” climate and audio controls are tricky to use when driving; middling acceleration

CG Says: For 2016, Honda introduces a new subcompact-sized SUV that slots below the compact Honda CR-V in size and price. The HR-V is based on the platform of the Honda Fit subcompact car, which was redesigned for 2015. A 141-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder is the HR-V’s lone powertrain; front-wheel drive models offer the choice of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission, while all-wheel drive versions come exclusively with the CVT. HR-V trim levels ascend through Honda’s traditional LX, EX, and EX-L monikers. Standard features on all include a rearview camera, electronic parking brake, alloy wheels, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, Bluetooth connectivity, and Pandora internet radio. Higher trim levels can be equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, keyless entry and starting, Honda’s LaneWatch side-view camera, Honda Digital Traffic, leather trim, power sunroof, and heated front seats. The HR-V is a solid entry in a fast-growing segment. It offers fine passenger and cargo room for its size, the promise of excellent fuel economy, and a sporty driving personality. A somewhat bland cabin and some tedious touchscreen controls disappoint, however.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices LX: $19,115
AWD LX: $21,165
EX: $21,165
AWD EX: $23,215
EX-L w/Navigation: $24,590
AWD EX-L w/Navigation: $25,840

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
141
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-35

2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V