The 2018 Honda HR-V is the most flexible vehicle and strong competitor in the subcompact SUV class. Although small, it accommodates adults comfortably in front and back, and there is plenty of cargo space available.
Like the Honda Fit, the HR-V gets one of Honda’s best innovations called Magic Seat. You can lift and flip up the bottom of the rear seat to create a cargo area, which is very useful for carrying higher items such as a TV or a bicycle. With all the seats in use, the HR-V is also perfect for adults.
Another advantage of the HR-V is the fuel efficiency of its small engine. It’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but also offers a fully efficient continuously variable (CVT) transmission that is more efficient, and necessary if you want an all-wheel drive.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Honda HR-V is a five seats subcompact crossover SUV available in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L Navi.
Standard features for the base LX includes 17-inch wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Honda’s Magic Seat feature, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
The EX models adds keyless entry and ignition, foglights, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, heated front seats, a passenger-side blind-spot camera, upgrade rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, HondaLink smartphone apps and integration, a six-speaker sound system with an additional USB port.
The 2018 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi adds roof rails, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a navigation system with voice recognition, HD and satellite radio.
The 2018 Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the FWD LX and EX. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional but standard for the front-drive EX-L Navi. All-wheel drive is an available option for all trim, but only with the CVT.
In track testing, an HR-V EX-L Navi with AWD accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which is slower than average. EPA fuel economy for the FWD HR-V at 28 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) with the manual transmission and (31/28/35) with the CVT. All-wheel drive reduces fuel economy to 29 mpg combined (27/32).
Even in the basic trim, the 2018 Honda HR-V interior remains impressive for its design and amenities. Getting in or out is very easy, and when inside you will enjoy the interior without the gimmick. The gauge is large and easy to read, and most of the controls are easy to reach and use.
Four average size adults will sit comfortably inside. With a relatively generous space, there is a widespread feel in HR-V that is often lost in a compact crossover with styles like the Nissan Juke or the coupellike.
In the FWD model, the HR-V has a 24.3 cubic feet cargo space with the rear seats used. Fold the rear seats flat open up 58.8 cubic feet, which is very impressive for this class. All-wheel-drive models have slightly less space (23.2 / 57.6).
Release Date and Price
The new 2018 HR-V model will begin its release to US dealerships beginning on August 14th.
Official pricing starts at $25,090 $20,510 (including a $940 destination fee) for the base LX. The EX price from $22,560, while the top-range EX-L Navi price of $25,980. Key competitor in this price range is the 2018 Buick Encore, Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-3.