2017 Honda HR-V

2017 Honda HR-V
MSRP range
$19,365 - $26,140

Pros

  • Easily fits average-sized adults in front and back
  • Clever cargo solutions make it more versatile than rivals
  • Fuel economy figures are better than most competitors
  • Outward visibility is excellent

Cons

  • There's an abundance of engine noise and vibration
  • Infotainment system is not user-friendly
  • Unimpressive power output results in lackluster acceleration
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Went from 2007 Fit Sport to HR-V EX to 2017 HRV EX
Dan Dormio, 9/15/2015
I knew basically what I wanted but did not know what would give it to me. I looked around and had never heard of the HR-V until I was looking at a CR-V and remarked to the salesman that it was bigger than I wanted. He asked if I had looked at the HR-V. He had one. I looked it over and the salesman and I took a test drive. It had the magic seats that I really liked in the Fit. It was bigger, which I was looking for, quieter, nicer ride, etc. The features were excellent although the USB, HDMI, and 12 volt power supply are inconveniently located. At the time I was driving my F150. I took it home and came back with my Fit. I then took the HR-V for a ride by myself. I took it home and got my wife and we went for a ride, curvy road, highway, etc. I just had to have it back before the dealership closed. This was a Saturday. I bought it the next week. I just returned from a trip where I drove from Arkansas to Maryland and back. I have no regrets. The car performed fine in every respect, ride, comfort, mileage, etc. The automatic climate control is wonderful. I filled up in Cumberland, MD and stopped for the night in Morehead, Kentucky with still about a third of a tank of gas. I filled up when I left Morehead and had a third of a tank or so when I got home. I used the Honda Nav app that I downloaded to my IPhone as my GPS. I carried my regular GPS along just in case. The Honda Nav App was great. A $60.00 down load, an HDMI cable, a lightning adapter from Best Buy, and a USB charge cord for the IPhone to keep the phone charged and forget the regular GPS. It runs through the 7" display. I am extremely pleased with the HR-V, price, features, ride, everything. I had no problems in the mountains in West Virginia or Maryland. I mostly left it on economy the whole trip until I hit the mountains and then I turned it off for the the extra power. Car did fine. I now have approximately 16k miles on it. Have had it about 54 weeks. I have taken it to northern Illinois, Maryland 4 times, and Florida once. I am extremely happy with the HRV. I will be taking it to south Dakota soon. Note, it cruised the SD 80 mph speed limit with no problem and I have had no problems in the mountains with it. I basically set economy on and left it. Very seldom do I take it out of economy. I had my 2016 HRV EX for approximately 14 months. I put approximately 18,800 miles on it. I had no complaint with the car at all. I traded it in about 5 months ago on a 2017 HRV EX-L-Navi-AWD. The main reason I traded was I wanted an AWD. I took it to northern Illinois over Christmas. I cannot say anything negative about the HRV at all. Even with the upgrade to AWD it still gets good mileage, although I did drop some from the 2 wheel drive, but then that is to be expected. The HRV goes about 10,000 miles between oil changes. For me it has been a great car. I wanted something bigger than the Fit but smaller than the CRV. The HRV fit the bill perfectly. It rides and handles well. Acceleration is very adequate but it is not a race car. The acceleration, even on mountains is very adequate. I have run mountains in Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and South Dakota. In my opinion they are great cars. Just returned from a 12 day trip to Arizona. Have also taken the 2017 HRV to northern Illinois and Maryland. Will be going to Maryland again, likely within the next 3 weeks. I love the car. It is plenty big and comfortable for two people to travel in. We also have a Honda Cross Tour. It is a very nice car also. We used it for trips until I got the HRV. Now we use the HRV for trips. If we were traveling with more than just my wife and I we would use the Cross Tour but the HRV is perfectly fine for two people to travel in. Plenty of room for our stuff, plus souvenirs and stuff we pick up along the way.
I <3 my HR-V!
Trasid, 3/1/2017
I test drove many different vehicles. Along with Honda's history of vehicle reliability, I picked the HR-V for the following reasons: It's a great looking vehicle with great mpg. (I am averaging 36 mpg on each tank of gas and I expect that to get better!) It's very reasonably priced for a vehicle that has heated seats, a backup camera, a right turn lane/signal camera, push start and a moon roof. The front seats sit a bit higher and are much easier to get in and out of as compared to the civic.
Consider the HR-V for your second or third car.
MG Brown, 3/17/2017
It is just slightly a month after delivery of our Honda HR-V EX AWD. There were certain dealer-installed options that we wanted, and we found after using the ‘build your Honda’ tool on their website, that installation and other required installation kits were not included in the price of the options. This raised the price considerably and was a bit of a sticker shock. If you are planning to have options installed, check the price of labor, etc. on the Honda e-store for a more realistic bottom line price. Speaking of dealer installation charges, shop around before buying or ordering your HR-V. We saved a substantial amount of money buying either OEM or third party accessories from eBay and Amazon. I feel anyone can ‘install’ a rear cargo tray or floor mats so why pay the dealer’s labor charge for something that you can do yourself? We feel that the HR-V is a good choice for a second or third car (our case) for a small family or a childless couple. In many ways, the HR-V is a throwback to when families had a low-end station wagon as a second car for hauling people or cargo. With the price being what it is- I can imagine some young families looking at the LX model for an only car. I'm not sure if the HR-V is the best choice for an only car so I'd advise people such as that to shop around. Honda surprised us by including some features as standard on the HR-V that I would consider to be luxury oriented and not including some features that I would call practical in nature. For example- both of our other cars have push button memory seats (not available in the HR-V) which is extremely helpful if you have 2-3 people who drive all of the cars. As with most Hondas made in the last 20 years or so, major options are by package so if you want XM satellite radio, you have no choice but to pay for leather seating and navigation also. It’s a shame that you can’t pick and choose more features but I assume it’s that way to keep costs down. I read other reviewers complaining about driver positioning; I can only assume that they have not read their owners manual because our EX model has tilt and telescope steering wheel as well as seat height and backrest tilt adjustments. I am a tall guy but with some adjusting, I can get reasonably comfortable in the HR-V driver compartment. My only interior complaint is that both driver and passenger seating areas have an encroachment by the front wheel well into the interior which pushes back my left leg when driving or right leg when I am the passenger by about an inch. This is just enough to be slightly uncomfortable when driving but less so when I am the passenger. If you are tall or have a long inseam, this may be a consideration for you too. Others have complained about the HR-V’s engine performance; I believe that Honda changed the engine mapping for 2017 and our AWD version gets down the road nicely. I can’t imagine anyone buying an HR-V expecting it to be a rocket. We feel the power and torque are more than adequate and at the same time it delivers good to great fuel economy. The AWD on our HR-V proved its worth after the first heavy snowfall in our area and unless you are really on a tight budget, I’d certainly suggest you get the AWD version. We had another car in the past with a CVT automatic and the HR-V has some of the same characteristic transmission and power train noise that the other car had. It’s a shame because most Honda automatics are relatively quiet. I have heard that some people have complained about Honda not including Apple Play or the Android equivalent in the HR-V. We feel that the HondaLink system included in the EX is all that we need and quite easy and intuitive to use. I understand the infotainment system in the LX is different so perhaps those that have complained have the LX. Our HR-V is a fun and versatile vehicle. The various cargo configurations such as ‘long mode’ and the magic seats in the 2nd row make for a lot of options when transporting stuff from here to there. We have found the HR-V to be a crossover that does almost everything well; it is very practical and economical as well as having a handsome appearance without too much glitz and gadgetry.
Great Lil SUV
Dave, 8/3/2017
Just a step below the CR-V but a true value. Just a few things I'd like to see different but overall very nicely equipped and a great value. Took ride to visit up North about 3K miles and got 33+ mpg and that's cruising with everyone else with AC on. Has a very nice ride and the handling is outstanding. Plan to keep this little gem for quite sometime. Update 2/4/18: Still enjoying this vehicle! Try it you will like it.
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2017 Honda HR-V video

JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmunds editor Josh Sadlier. And here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Honda HR-V. The HR-V is a subcompact crossover from Honda. We're going to start with the one thing we really don't like about this vehicle and that's what's under the hood. It's a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine. Goes back to the previous generation Civic. On the plus side, it's time tested, reliable, but not particularly powerful. And it's paired in most HR-Vs with a CVT, continuously variable automatic transmission. That combination produces a lot of noise, not a whole lot of energy. You can get a manual transmission, but only on the lower trim levels. If you can get past the powertrain shortcomings, there's a lot to like about the HR-V. It's fuel efficient, got a lot of cargo space, especially by segment standards. And, because it's related to the Honda Fit, it has interesting interior storage and seating configurations that make it stand out. Speaking of those seating configurations. Here's the back seat. It's derived from the so-called magic seat in the Honda Fit. And it does similar tricks. You can flip up the bottom. You can flip down the seat backs, do all sorts of things back there. Up front, the HR-V has a clean and sleek dashboard design. We like the overall look of it. The only issue we have here is that the touch screen could use a little refinement in terms of both its virtual button layout and its responsiveness. The bottom line with the HR-V is that if you don't mind the way it's powertrain responds, everything else is pretty impressive. It's a class leader in terms of practicality. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$23,515
MPG
27 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$22,215
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$26,140
MPG
27 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$20,165
MPG
28 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite HR-V safety features:

Honda LaneWatch
Reduces blind spots by displaying an image of the lanes next to the HR-V's passenger side in the central touchscreen.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Displays several angles when in reverse, including a top-down bumper view. The EX model adds guidelines that move when the wheel is turned.
Hill Start Assist
Prevents the HR-V from rolling backward on a hill from a stop when the driver releases the brake and presses the accelerator.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Vehicle Overview
Just because something is small doesn't necessarily mean it will come up short. As a wise Jedi master once said, "Size matters not. ... Judge me by my size, do you?" In the same vein, the 2017 Honda HR-V is far more capable than its diminutive size suggests.

As part of the burgeoning subcompact SUV class, the HR-V slots in under Honda's CR-V and larger Pilot. It also utilizes one of the company's clever innovations, the so-called Magic Seat from the related Fit hatchback, which features a flip-up rear seat cushion to accommodate tall and narrow cargo like a bicycle or a flat-screen TV. With all the seats in place, there's suitable space for five average-size adults, too. Besides the HR-V's flexibility, it also benefits from strong fuel economy figures and an unobstructed outward view.

Yes, the Force is strong with the Honda HR-V, but it's not without a twinge of the Dark Side. The admirable fuel efficiency comes at the expense of strong acceleration, and the infotainment system isn't as intuitive or easy to operate as rivals. That said, the HR-V received an Edmunds B rating, as have its chief competitors that include the more engaging Mazda CX-3, chic Fiat 500X and more rugged Jeep Renegade.

Performance and MPG
All Honda HR-V models are 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 on LX and EX trims. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available as an option and is standard on the EX-L or if you add all-wheel drive.

In Edmunds testing, an HR-V EX-L Navi with AWD accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, making it one of the slowest in the class.

What the HR-V lacks in performance, it makes up for with efficiency. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) for the front-wheel-drive HR-V with the base manual transmission. With the CVT, the estimate increases to 31 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway). The all-wheel-drive HR-V splits the difference at 29 mpg combined (27 city/31 highway). These are as good as they get for the class, and our real-life results support these estimates.

Safety
Standard safety features for all Honda HR-V models include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display is included in both EX and EX-L Navi trim levels.

In Edmunds brake testing, an EX-L Navi AWD stopped from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is an average distance among competing SUVs. In government crash tests, the HR-V was awarded five out of five stars for overall and side-crash protection and four stars for front-crash and rollover protection. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the HR-V its best grade of Good for moderate-offset front-impact protection, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. For the small-overlap front-impact and side crash tests, it earned the second-best score of Acceptable.

Additional Information
The 2017 Honda HR-V may be priced and sized below Honda's other SUV offerings — the CR-V and Pilot — but Honda's smallest SUV offers plenty of functionality and value for shoppers in the market for a subcompact utility vehicle. Built on the Honda Fit platform, but significantly larger than the hatchback, the HR-V makes the most of its size with seating for five and a configurable 60/40-split folding rear seat that provides up to an impressive 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Primarily a carryover model, the 2017 HR-V's only noteworthy change from the previous year is a new color choice, Lunar Silver metallic, which is a slightly darker hue than the outgoing Alabaster Silver. Other than that, Honda chose to stick with the formula that has resulted in strong sales for the HR-V, including exterior styling that is conservative but refined with pleasing lines and a generous amount of outward vision.

In addition to plenty of cargo space, the interior of the 2017 HR-V offers quality materials, reasonable comfort and a host of standard and available technology features. Feature-laden as the HR-V may be, it is worth noting that the 7-inch touchscreen on the EX and EX-L trims isn't as easy to use as those of some competitors, and the infotainment system doesn't yet support Android devices.

Still, the cockpit is pleasant and functional. The versatile backseat, which Honda calls the Magic Seat, has multiple modes to accommodate long, tall or bulky items.

Power for all HR-V trim levels is provided by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. And like its larger stablemates, all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The base transmission in the LX and EX models is a six-speed manual, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. Ordering the EX-L model or AWD brings the automatic as standard equipment.

Although performance lags behind most rivals (zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds in Edmunds testing), the resulting fuel economy puts the HR-V near the top of its class. The EPA rates the FWD automatic-transmission model at 31 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway), while the AWD version is rated at 29 mpg combined (27 city/31 highway).

The base HR-V LX trim level comes well-equipped with features that many buyers have come to expect as standard equipment, such as air-conditioning, Bluetooth capability and a rearview camera. The EX model ups the ante with more luxury and convenience goodies, while the top-of-the-line EX-L Navi trim offers leather seating surfaces and a navigation system. Whatever your needs in a subcompact SUV, let Edmunds help you find the right 2017 Honda HR-V.

2017 Honda HR-V Overview

The 2017 Honda HR-V is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl 6M).

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