2018 Honda HR-V SUV
- No significant changes for 2018
- Part of the first HR-V generation introduced for 2016
- Average-size adults fit comfortably in the front and back
- Clever cargo solutions make it more versatile than rivals
- Fuel economy figures are better than most competitors'
- Excellent outward visibility
- Unimpressive power output results in lackluster acceleration
- Infotainment system is not user-friendly
- There's an abundance of engine noise and vibration
- Climate control interface isn't as good as other Honda vehicles
2018 Honda HR-V SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which HR-V does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.1 / 10
The 2018 Honda HR-V is a master of versatility and a strong contender in the subcompact SUV segment. Despite its small size, it'll accommodate adults just fine up front or in back, and there's plenty of flexible cargo space options.
Just like the Honda Fit, the HR-V employs one of Honda's clever innovations called the Magic Seat. You can lift and flip up the rear-seat bottoms to create a cargo area from the floor to ceiling, which is perfect for transporting taller items like a flat-screen TV or a bicycle. With all the seats in place, the space is surprisingly suitable for average-size adults, too.
Another advantage to the HR-V's diminutive engine is its fuel efficiency. It can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is more efficient overall, and it's required if you want all-wheel drive.
On the downside, the HR-V's efficient engine delivers lackluster acceleration, and the touchscreen infotainment system demands more of your attention to use compared to some competitors. The HR-V also feels somewhat unrefined because of the amount of cabin noise present, which is a little unusual for Honda. Shortcomings aside, though, the HR-V is still one of the better picks for a subcompact vehicle, and it offers decent value overall.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Honda HR-V as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for this year.
2018 Honda HR-V configurations
The 2018 HR-V is the least expensive crossover in Honda's stable, but thanks to the number of features offered, it doesn't have to feel like an econobox special. There are three trim levels available: LX, EX and EX-L Navi. All three models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 127 pound-feet of torque) and either paired with a six-speed manual (with front-wheel drive only) or a CVT automatic (front- or all-wheel drive).
Standard feature highlights for the LX include 17-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with Honda's Magic Seat feature, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player 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.
Lastly, the range-topping 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 automatic | 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 & vibration5.5
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
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. EX models and up add 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.
Honda HR-V vs. the competition
2018 Honda HR-V
2018 Mazda CX-3
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3
The Mazda CX-3 has what the HR-V doesn't: a measure of quickness and a heap of handling. The CX-3 is roughly one second faster from 0 to 60 mph than the HR-V, and it's no contest in the curves: The Mazda is just plain fun to drive. But the CX-3 doesn't offer the kind of cargo room or innovative cabin flexibility that the HR-V does, or the same kind of clearance that encourages off-pavement adventure. The CX-3 has a four-star Edmunds rating.
Honda HR-V vs. Nissan Juke
Similar to the Mazda CX-3, the Nissan Juke is also a sportier take on the subcompact crossover SUV. It's got an eager turbocharged engine, an available manual transmission, and taut suspension tuning that make it a blast to drive on a twisty road. You can even get it with a 215-horsepower engine. But that inspiring performance comes at the cost of a stiff ride, pinched rear headroom, and a deficit of cargo space in back compared to the HR-V..
Honda HR-V vs. Jeep Renegade
Like the HR-V, the Renegade favors utility over performance. Although it doesn't offer the HR-V's level of cargo flexibility, the cavernous Renegade can still consume large quantities of gear, goods and mall hauls. A boxy shape also helps improve headroom and passenger space. The Renegade isn't fast, and fuel economy is lackluster, but its engine does offer good low-end punch for initial acceleration. The main reason to buy a Renegade is for the Trailhawk version, which is tops in this class for off-road capability.
2018 Honda HR-V SUV for Sale
Is the Honda HR-V a good car?
Compact, versatile and fuel-efficient, the 2018 Honda HR-V offers big utility in a small, city-friendly package. The HR-V's secret sauce is cargo flexibility. You can lift up the rear seat cushions for a flat floor space, or you can fold the rear seats and the front passenger seat flat to accommodate long items. The HR-V also returns impressive fuel economy (up to 31 mpg combined and 34 on the highway), and its raised ground clearance and optional all-wheel drive make it a capable light adventure mobile.
Does the Honda HR-V have good MPG?
At its best, the Honda HR-V returns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in combined driving (28 mpg city/34 mpg on the highway). That's for a front-wheel-drive model with the continuously variable automatic transmission. A front-wheel-drive model with a manual transmission is rated at 28 combined (25 city/33 highway). Adding all-wheel drive yields 29 combined (27 city/31 highway). The HR-V is a class leader, with only the Mazda CX-3 able to closely match its fuel efficiency.
Does the Honda HR-V have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Honda HR-V's resale value. How much will a 2018 Honda HR-V be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
2018 Honda HR-V SUV Overview
The 2018 Honda HR-V SUV is offered in the following styles: EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV (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 2018 Honda HR-V SUV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 HR-V SUV 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 2018 HR-V SUV.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 HR-V SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including EX, LX, EX-L w/Navigation, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV here.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Honda HR-V SUV?
2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,535. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,418 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,418 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,117.
The average savings for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is5.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,915. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,230 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,230 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,685.
The average savings for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is4.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 20 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Honda HR-V SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Honda HR-V SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,865. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda HR-V SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,304 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,304 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,561.
The average savings for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is5.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 13 2018 Honda HR-V SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,216 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,919.
The average savings for the 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is4.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Honda HR-V SUV EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Honda HR-V?
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