The HR-V continues on essentially unchanged for this model year.
Outside, the HR-V borrows styling cues from Hondas above and below it. The greenhouse is a blend of the Fit and CR-V's, with a hatchback-like taper to the rear. Up front, the grille and front bumper designs borrow heavily from the CR-Z and the Fit, emphasizing the HR-V's compact role in the Honda showroom.
Frugal Four-Cylinder; Efficient Drivetrains
Powering Honda's tiny 'ute is a 1.8L i-VTEC four-cylinder. Producing 138 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 127 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 RPM, the small engine delivers an excellent blend of fuel economy and reliable performance. The 1.6L four-cylinder available elsewhere is not an option in the United States. Two-wheel-drive models are available with a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic, Continuously-Variable Transmission. Models equipped with Honda's Real-Time AWD are limited to the CVT.
Front-wheel drive models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission return 25 mpg city, 34 highway and 28 combined. Going with the CVT improves those figures to 28 mpg city, 35 highway and 31 combined.
For those who need the practicality of all-wheel drive, only the CVT can be chosen, and that combination is good for 27 mpg city, 32 highway and 29 combined.
The HR-V's relationship to the Fit pays off in its flexible and practical interior. Honda's patented "Magic Seat" configuration carries over, giving HR-V buyers versatile passenger and cargo configurations depending on their immediate needs. The rear seats fold flat to expand the hatch area for large parcels, and the seat bottoms also fold up and out of the way for tall/wide cargo that needs to reside behind the driver. The front passenger seat also folds back nearly flat to accommodate long objects. The HR-V's flexible interior gives it cargo and passenger volume which rivals that of some competitors' larger CUVs.
The HR-V looks to its big brother for its floating center console, which offers additional storage and power/USB access.
Features and Options
Like most Hondas, the HR-V is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L.
Standard equipment on LX models includes power windows, power mirrors and door door/tailgate locks, an electronic parking brake, a rearview camera, aluminum wheels, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and Pandora radio. Buyers who want more tech and comfort features, including a 7-inch touchscreen interface, LaneWatch, push-button start, paddle shifters, satellite/HD radio, heated seats, navigation, leather seating surfaces or a sunroof will have to spring for a higher trim.
Standard safety features include Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The blossoming mini-CUV class offers only a handful of direct competitors to the HR-V, but that will change soon. Nissan's unconventional Juke, Jeep's Renegade and the Mazda CX-3 compete on size and cost, while Mini's Cooper Countryman and Fiat's 500L offer a European spin on the segment. In terms of size and practicality, the Kia Soul is also an excellent option for cross-shoppers. For those who want a little more space, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is another excellent choice.