The 2017 Honda HR-V is a subcompact SUV filled with big ideas and clever packaging. Smaller than the beloved CR-V, the HR-V competes in a new class where small is better. The HR-V offers more interior room than the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke, and it is more fuel-efficient than the Jeep Renegade or Chevy Trax. With its clever 2nd-row flip-up “Magic Seat,” Honda’s 2017 HR-V SUV can hold large and bulky items. The HR-V delivers spirited driving, with precise steering and minimal body lean. A 6-speed manual can be had on LX and EX trims but, unlike the Jeep Renegade, not with all-wheel drive (AWD). Only a year old, the HR-V has reaped numerous awards and it looks to keep right on impressing.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is a brand-new crossover SUV. Sized between the Fit and CR-V, it uses a 4-cylinder engine that achieves up to 35 mpg and is offered with a manual transmission or automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Cons: "Interior storage lacking, not a smooth ride."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'm going on my third month with the HRV and I have to say I love this car. I was researching SUV's for almost a year preparing for my end of lease with my Chevy Malibu. I wanted a smaller SUV but wanted AWD for the harsh winters in NY. I noticed that all of the competition does not offer the standard features that the HRV EX come with including; rear view camera, Bluetooth, lane watch (a great feature), brake hold (great in traffic or drive thru windows), moon roof, AWD, and heated cloth seats. All of this for 24K. That and the cargo space is what sold the car for me. For a small SUV it has a pretty big trunk and the magic seats add to the cargo capacity. Plenty of room for a family of 3 like mine or maybe even 4. I'm 5'11" and there's plenty of space behind the driver's seat for an adult as well. Now with everything there are some negatives to point out. You will not be winning any races with this car. This wasn't that important to me. Although I was disappointed coming from a car with 190+ HP. I knew what I was getting into and have gotten used to having less power but much better fuel economy! 27 MPG I'm averaging on mostly city driving. If you're looking for a lot of power you won’t find it here so look elsewhere. Though I don’t agree with the expert reviews on other websites that say the car is slow. It moves but you have to push it for power and when pushed the engine is loud. Here are some more things that I wish were better with the vehicle; interior storage space is lacking, the radio on the EX and EX-L doesn’t have knobs nor does the heat/ac. I have gotten used to this but it can be annoying to some. There is no temperature gauge in the car. I’ve never had a car without this and was quite surprised. Basically, you will not know how hot the engine is running until it’s about the over heat. The car also does not handle bumps all that well. It’s generally quiet on smooth roads but driving on NY roads with many potholes is not fun if you like a smooth ride. Also, the car doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. However, you can go to Honda’s website and request one to be mailed. Another thing I noticed is the doors seem heavy and I have to reopen and close them a lot because I generally don’t slam the door hard enough. These negatives are pretty minor to me but noteworthy. Overall, this is one of my favorite cars and I’ve owned 8 so far. I highly recommend checking out the HRV if you’re looking for a small sporty looking SUV that gets great MPG. None of the competition can beat the price/value, cargo space and features."
Pros: "Size, price, AWD, comfort, gas mileage, Honda"
Cons: "Not very fast, wind noise at speed"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased a 2016 Mazda CX-3 and it had so many irritations and design flaws that I finally decided to trade it after only 10 months use. I had looked closely at sub- and small SUV/hatchbacks and couldn't find an acceptable replacement at a convenient dealer in my area. For some reason I had not considered Honda, since I knew their CR-V was pricier and larger than I wanted, but I visited the dealer, and there on the showroom floor was an HR-V EX which I immediately recognized as the car for me. This car looks sharp, is well designed and well made. It is comfortable, roomy (for a small compact), and well appointed, all for about $23K, including AWD (which was one of my "must haves"). Handles well, feels solid, and gets great gas mileage (high '20's in suburban driving). The HR-V has a few items I would improve, including a bit more power, more cushioned front seats, high speed wind noise, hinging toneau cover -- but these are picky items, nothing serious. It is a wonderful size (same overall size as a VW Beetle!). I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a small, good mileage, AWD hatchback with Honda's noted reliability and value."
Cons: "Lack of storage space in front, rear door handles."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is our second Honda. Yes, these cars are very economical to drive over time and do not require significant maintenance. Pros to the HR-V has to be the over all interior design giving remarkable space in a pretty small car. Mileage is great. On our first highway run we got 33 mpg with the awd. The suspension is firm but no too stiff(although we did downgrade from a truck). The throttle by wire is very nice if you try to maximize your mpg. The interior materials are also well suited to active life styles, being durable and cleanable. The only real con that I have with the car is a lack of small storage space in the front seat. I still use CD's a great deal and there is just one tiny spot to put cases. Over all, I would buy it again in a minute. Be aware that the base model does not support roof rack accessories."