Honda introduced the HR-V in 2016 as its first entry in the subcompact crossover category. Its most recent refresh was in 2019; the HR-V is unchanged for 2021 as rumours swirl that Honda may reveal a second-generation version for the 2022 model year.
Honda offers the HR-V in LX, Sport, and Touring trim levels. Common to all is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). LX can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, while AWD is included in Sport and Touring.
Outside, the HR-V comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED brake and daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights, a front wiper de-icer, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, and power door locks with keyless entry.
Inside, you get automatic A/C, power windows, heated front seats, a six-way manual driver’s seat, a four-speaker stereo, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
HR-V’s standard safety kit comprises forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
Sport adds LED fog lights, a sunroof, roof rails, dual-zone climate control, active noise cancellation, variable intermittent wipers, passive keyless entry, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system.
Touring brings LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, leather seating, a leather-trimmed shifter, and satellite radio.
Honda’s fuel consumption estimates for the HR-V are 8.4/7.0 L/100 km (city/highway) with FWD, and 8.8/7.5 L/100 km with AWD.
The Honda HR-V competes in a segment whose popularity shows no signs of slowing. If you’re shopping in this class, your other options from Japanese brands include the Mazda CX-3 and CX-30, Nissan’s Qashqai, the Subaru Crosstrek, the Mitsubishi RVR, and the Toyota C-HR.
Europe’s only contribution to this segment is the Fiat 500X.
If you’re shopping at the top end of the HR-V range, you might also consider entry-level versions of upscale compact utilities. Among your options there are the Mini Countryman and the Buick Encore GX.
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