2018 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 2018, Honda HR-V gets a new wheel design for EX and EX-L models. The subcompact-sized SUV 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. 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 Subcompact 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: $20,510
AWD LX: $22,610
EX: $22,560
AWD EX: $24,660
EX-L w/Navigation: $22,980
AWD EX-L w/Navigation: $27,280

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)
31-34

2017 Honda HR-V
2018 Honda HR-V
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover -4
80%

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