New to the market, the Honda HR-V offers solid value in a package that promises high quality, usability and style in one of the fastest growing vehicle categories. Don't let its freshness fool you; beneath the SUV-inspired styling is a platform that shares a lot in common with the Honda Fit, which has proven itself as a solid contender in the subcompact class when it comes to 5-Year Cost to Own.
The secret to the generous cabin space and flexible rear seats, which allow for class-above cargo capacity, is the centrally mounted gas tank. This gives the HR-V a flat load floor when the seats are down and the rear bench Magic Seat can flip up to allow tall objects to be carried behind the front buckets. The HR-V slots neatly between its Fit kin and the much larger CR-V and offers optional all-wheel drive.
Beyond utility, the Honda HR-V also boasts economy from its 141-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway when equipped with a CVT and front drive. A 6-speed manual is also available on front-drive models, while all-wheel-drive variants come with the CVT automatic. A slick feature is a brake hold mode that keeps the vehicle stationary when you come to a stop and take your foot off the brake. It releases when you push on the accelerator.
With prices starting below $20,000, the HR-V's affordability contributes to its class-leading 5-Year CTO figure. Plus, Honda's reputation for high quality, durability and good resale value make it a sure bet that the all-new HR-V will remain one of the leaders in this burgeoning segment.