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 was all-new last year and receives no changes for 2017. See the 2017 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. We know there'll be few takers for the manual-transmission models, but it really is the most enjoyable configuration -- so long as your daily drive doesn't involve hours and hours of traffic. An extra $800 will get you the CVT automatic, which also nets better fuel economy. 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, while a 6-speed manual transmission is offered on the front-drive LX and EX trims. The CVT is optional on those and standard on the EX-L and with all-wheel drive.
The HR-V LX ($19,500) features 17-in alloy wheels, a rearview camera, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping 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. An available CVT automatic adds $800 to the base price.
The HR-V EX ($21,500) 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-inch touchscreen interface.
The HR-V EX-L with Navigation ($25,000) 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|
2017 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.
2017 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.
2017 Mazda CX-3 -- The CX-3 manages to match the HR-V's excellent fuel economy, but it does so while delivering best-in-segment acceleration. It's also great to look at and drive. Unfortunately, its interior is tiny.
Used Kia Soul -- A 2012-2015 Kia Soul offers more cargo and rear-seat room, and even sold as a certified pre-owned car, it offers the same 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty as a new HR-V. The Soul doesn't offer AWD, however, and its fuel economy is not as good.