Clever rear "Magic Seat" yields superior cargo space and versatility; spacious back seat for its segment; excellent fuel economy; available manual transmission; abundant standard features
Very slow; front-seat legroom is lacking for taller drivers; frustrating touchscreen controls; mediocre safety ratings
The HR-V is unchanged for 2018, apart from new wheel designs and a new blue color available on some trim levels. See the 2018 Honda HR-V models for sale near you
Our choice would be the front-drive HR-V EX. For less than $23,000, you'll get all the features you really need, and then some. Anything more, and you should probably consider stepping up to a larger SUV. Find a Honda HR-V for sale
The HR-V is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L with Navigation. AWD is available on all trims.
The HR-V LX ($19,700) features 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Honda's 60/40-split rear "Magic Seat," Bluetooth and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port and a media player interface.
The HR-V EX ($21,700) adds a sunroof, automatic headlights, foglights, rear privacy glass, keyless entry with push-button start, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, heated front seats, Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera, a 6-speaker sound system, an extra USB port, HondaLink smartphone apps and a 7-in touchscreen interface.
The HR-V EX-L with Navigation ($25,100) adds roof rails, leather seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, a navigation system integrated into the touchscreen, satellite and HD radios and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
As is typical with Honda, there are only a few dealer-installed options for each trim.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Subaru Crosstrek -- The Crosstrek is really just a compact hatchback with lots of ground clearance, but that's not a bad thing. Its range of virtues is comparable to the HR-V.
2018 Jeep Renegade -- The Renegade offers more power and features, as well as real off-road ability. But the Jeep costs quite a bit more than the HR-V, and Jeep's repair and reliability record can't hold a candle to Honda's.
2018 Kia Soul -- The Soul certainly can't match the HR-V's fuel economy, but it's more powerful, stylish and spacious. It's also less expensive and has a longer warranty.
Used Honda CR-V -- A new CR-V might not necessarily be out of your price range, but a used one will provide good value, far more space and improved performance at a lower price than a new one. It will likely be the previous-generation model, but that shouldn't be a deterrent.