2017 Honda HR-V

Buyer's Guide

Honda tossed its hat into the bustling subcompact crossover segment last year with the HR-V. The HR-V competes against a veritable smorgasbord of pint-sized high-riding runabouts ranging from the sporty Mazda CX-3 and the quirky Nissan Juke to the off-road oriented Jeep Renegade, but Honda's creation strikes back with excellent fuel efficiency, a voluminous cabin and the most cargo space in the segment.

Having been launched just last year, the HR-V carries over into 2017 without any changes, other than an adjustment to the colour pallet (dark green has been discontinued), and pruning back on the availability of the manual transmission.

All HR-Vs look more or less the same, with little to distinguish trim levels from one another. All receive 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured mirrors, and a rear spoiler, not to mention a bit of matte-finish black plastic trim around the wheel arches and bumpers for an all-terrain-friendly look. The range-topping EX-L Navi receives roof standard roof rails.

The HR-V shares its platform with the Honda Fit hatchback, as well as its centre-mounted fuel tank setup. This allowed Honda to - pardon the pun - fit the same Magic Seat seating system that has seat squabs that flip up, and seatbacks that fold flat into the floor. Overall, the HR-V is significantly longer and wider than the Fit, making it suitable for small family use. Dimensionally, it’s similar to the original CR-V from the ‘90s.

Compared to the Fit, the HR-V uses a larger 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, though output is only marginally greater at 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. This is on par with the Chevrolet Trax, and slightly less than the Mazda CX-3, but less than the turbocharged powerplants in the Fiat 500X/Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke, and the 2.0-litre 164-hp motor found under the hood of the Kia Soul. At times, the HR-V can feel labored, especially when accelerating under a heavy load.

The standard transmission on the base LX HR-V is a six-speed manual, which drives the front wheels. Optional on the LX, and standard on all other trim levels is a CVT which also offers paddles for manual shifting. All-wheel drive is optional on the LX and EX trim levels, and standard on the EX-L Navi. Fuel economy ranges between 8.3-9.4 L/100 km city and 6.9-7.1 L/100 km highway for front-drive models; AWD CVT variants are rated at 8.9 L/100 km city and 7.5 L/100 km highway, making them among the most frugal members of the class.

The HR-V LX comes equipped with heated front seats, multi-angle reverse camera, automatic climate control, keyless entry, 7.0-inch HondaLink display audio system with USB and HDMI ports, and wiper de-icer. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.

The EX trim level adds paddles for manual shifting, dual-zone climate control, proximity key with push-button start, six-speaker stereo system, LaneWatch blind-spot camera, fog lights, power moonroof, LED turn signals integrated into the side-view mirrors. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.

The EX-L Navi adds leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, navigation, and roof rails. It also comes standard with forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. All-wheel drive is standard.

The 2017 Honda HR-V starts at $20,950 with the EX-L Navi AWD selling for $30,250.

2017 Honda HR-V Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $21,150 MSRP
8.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
141 hp @6500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2WD 4dr Man LX $21,150 5 SUV
2WD 4dr Man LX 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
2WD 4dr Man LX 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
2WD 4dr Man LX
2WD 4dr Man LX Cloth Seats
2WD 4dr Man LX
2WD 4dr Man LX
2WD 4dr CVT LX $22,450 5 SUV
2WD 4dr CVT LX 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2WD 4dr CVT LX 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
2WD 4dr CVT LX
2WD 4dr CVT LX Cloth Seats
2WD 4dr CVT LX
2WD 4dr CVT LX
4WD 4dr CVT LX $24,750 5 SUV
4WD 4dr CVT LX 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr CVT LX 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
4WD 4dr CVT LX
4WD 4dr CVT LX Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr CVT LX
4WD 4dr CVT LX
2WD 4dr CVT EX $24,950 5 SUV
2WD 4dr CVT EX 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2WD 4dr CVT EX 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
2WD 4dr CVT EX
2WD 4dr CVT EX Cloth Seats
2WD 4dr CVT EX
2WD 4dr CVT EX
4WD 4dr CVT EX $27,250 5 SUV
4WD 4dr CVT EX 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr CVT EX 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
4WD 4dr CVT EX
4WD 4dr CVT EX Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr CVT EX
4WD 4dr CVT EX
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi $30,450 5 SUV
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi 141 hp @6500 rpm 127 ft-lb @4300 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi 169.1" 69.8" 63.2" 102.8"
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi Leather Seats
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi
4WD 4dr CVT EX-L w/Navi

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Honda / HR-V

Average Rating

2017 Honda HR-V

by deaner88 on 10-09-2017
Dependable, and Modern!
So far its been a delight on the road (been about 8 months). Handles nicely, and gotta love the fuel economy. Interior is versatile, and packs much more than expected. Love it.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2017 Honda HR-V

by deaner88 on 10-09-2017
Dependable, and Modern!
So far its been a delight on the road (been about 8 months). Handles nicely, and gotta love the fuel economy. Interior is versatile, and packs much more than expected. Love it.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2016 Honda HR-V

Trim: EX FWD
by HRVOwner on 09-26-2017
Love this car!
I recently bought this car used. So far its amazing. I'm a short woman and my significant other is quite tall. The car fits me just fine but its a little cramped for him. The car has lots of cargo room which is why I chose it over the Mazda CX-3 or the Nissan Juke. The interior controls are all touch screen which makes me a little nervous for the cold winters but so far they are easy to use. The steering wheel controls are an easy way to avoid the touch screen while driving. All in all its a great car so far. Its fun to drive and it fits my needs of needing small fuel efficient car that can handle gravel and blizzard conditions.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2016 Honda HR-V

Trim: EX-L
by Burntbanana on 08-26-2015
It's a Swiss Army Knife but in Car Form
Compact Crossovers are now the rage, I didn't understand it at first but when you actually think about it that's what everyone really needs. Not everyone needs a huge SUV or Mini Van unless you are looking to accommodate a family but everyone likes to drive cars but still want enough cargo capacity to lug your gear around.

Pros:
- Fuel Efficient; getting an average of 7.5L/100km
- AWD capable
- Compact (Fits anywhere, downtown driving to the long stretches of roads)
- Magic Seats, fits anything you need inside the car

Cons:
- Performance could have been tweaked, would've really liked to see a turbo and not simply just a Civic Engine with AWD drive train. It honestly still works for what you really need it for
- Sheet Paneling is really flexible, probably for weight but not sure if it'll be durable against dings
- Roof Rails are only available on the EX-L

Even with the small grips this car is the best value for the money. If you're young or about to retire and the kids are out of the house, this is the best !


Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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