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.
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.