2017 Honda HR-V
- 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
- Unimpressive power output results in lackluster acceleration
- Infotainment system is not user-friendly
- There's an abundance of engine noise and vibration
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Which HR-V does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Searching for an affordable crossover? Honda's 2017 HR-V is a strong contender. It makes the most of its small dimensions thanks to an innovative second-row seat that offers plenty of cargo-carrying flexibility. We're not fond of the HR-V's slow acceleration, but overall it gets most things right.
The HR-V uses one of Honda's clever innovations, the so-called Magic Seat that the company also features in the related Fit hatchback. The seat has flip-up rear seat cushions that, when raised, create a tall and narrow cargo area between the front and rear seats that's great for things such as a bicycle or a flat-screen TV. With all the seats in place, there's suitable space for average-size adults, too. Besides the HR-V's flexibility, it also benefits from high fuel economy and an unobstructed outward view.
At this price point, there are bound to be a few drawbacks. The HR-V's admirable fuel efficiency is offset by pokey acceleration, and the touchscreen infotainment system isn't as intuitive or as easy to operate as rival systems. The HR-V also a bit unrefined in certain respects, which is unusual for a Honda. Though these flaws are cause for concern, we think the HR-V is a pretty good value overall and worth a look if you're in the market.
Trim levels & features
The HR-V might be the least expensive crossover in Honda's stable, but buyers won't feel let down by the many features on tap. The base LX is admittedly light on luxuries, but there are some impressive standard features such as alloy wheels, a rearview camera and Bluetooth. The EX is considerably more value-rich. It increases the price a little but comes loaded with a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats and other goodies. The EX-L Navi is the only way to get navigation, satellite radio and leather upholstery. There are no significant factory options to add.
All versions of the 2017 Honda HR-V are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 127 pound-feet of torque). A six-speed manual transmission is standard on LX and EX models, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The CVT comes standard on the EX-L Navi. You can get a HR-V with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. When you pick the latter, the CVT is part of the deal.
Standard feature highlights for the LX include 17-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a configurable 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
The EX trim adds a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, a passenger-side blind-spot camera (Honda's LaneWatch), a 7-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker sound system (with an additional USB port), and HondaLink smartphone apps and integration.
At the top of the line, the EX-L Navi comes with roof rails, leather upholstery, a navigation system with voice recognition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and satellite and HD radio.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L w/Navigation (1.8L inline-4 | CVT | AWD).
Note: Since this test was conducted, the HR-V has not received any significant revisions. Our findings remain applicable to this year's model.
Noise & vibration2
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
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.
2017 Honda HR-V Expert Rundown Review
Searching for an affordable crossover? The 2017 Honda HR-V is a strong contender. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
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.
2017 Honda HR-V for Sale
2017 Honda HR-V Overview
The 2017 Honda HR-V is offered in the following submodels: HR-V SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L w/Navigation 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).
What do people think of the 2017 Honda HR-V?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Honda HR-V and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 HR-V 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 HR-V.
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