2021 Honda HR-V

MSRP range: $21,020 - $27,320
4.3 out of 5 stars(20)
MSRP$23,695
Edmunds suggests you pay$23,264

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2021 Honda HR-V video

SPEAKER: The 2019 Honda HR-V is a subcompact SUV that does a great job of overcoming its size limitations. People and stuff, no problem. So is it our favorite little crossover? Man, the competition is steep. Let's see how the HR-V climbs that grade. [PLEASANT MUSIC PLAYING] We meant that metaphorically, but you can see and hear-- [ENGINE ROARING] --that the HR-V is working its tiny, little 141 horsepower heart out to make it up this hill. I don't want to harp on power output of the 1.8 liter four cylinder, but it's really just not enough. I know that that isn't important to everyone, but I really think that there's a minimal amount of power that a car has to have in order to be fun to drive. And the HR-V doesn't have it. I spend a lot of time wondering if I'm going to be able to get up to speed in time to safely pass someone, and that just takes all of the pizzazz out of your driving experience. There are three different driving modes in the HR-V. There's the regular D. There's S, which I'm assuming stands for sport, although I suppose it could stand for sassy or sexy or spectacular. It's really none of those things. It's a little bit faster feeling, a little bit more responsive. But even so, it's not in any way what I would consider a performance mode. There's also an economy mode-- a big green button on the left side-- and that's to get you the best possible gas mileage. Come on, come on. Oh, my god. It's so slow. Oh, I could barely do it. That was pretty pathetic. That said, the engine is very reliable, very predictable. It's not jumpy in any way. Both the throttle and the brakes are very gentle. If you're the sort of person who doesn't want your driving experience to be shocking in any way, then you will actually quite like the HR-V. Some of the other reviewers at Edmunds felt that the engine combo was very loud. I don't really notice that much engine sound unless I'm floored. And I was impressed that the HR-V doesn't have very much wind noise. It doesn't have very much road noise. It rides very smooth, which is kind of surprising for a smaller car on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. A lot of times, when you've got a car with a low price, you also get all shook to pieces. And we just went over a bunch of bumps. It wasn't a big deal. It's a very easy car to drive. And that's because these front pillars are very narrow, so visibility out the front is good. The windows are really large, so you don't really have blind spots. And everything is just very predictable, whether that's the throttle response, the braking, or the steering. It's definitely a car that I would recommend for somebody who was, say, teaching someone how to drive or getting their very first car. What little road noise and engine noise there is in the HIV can be easily drowned out by the infotainment system. You could play your music, podcasts, whatever. You won't even hear the noise. The infotainment system is OK in the HR-V. It's a little hard to use, because it's a little slow to load. And the buttons are virtual, so you can't feel where they are without looking at the screen. Again, I don't want to look at the screen. Happily, you can get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. So you can solve all your problems by just using your phone. Honda makes very safe cars. And the HR-V, especially in the upper trims, comes with brake warnings, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane assist warnings, and something that I hadn't seen before, which is, instead of having blind spot warnings in the mirrors as little lights or beeps, the rear view camera and side view cameras show you what's on that right side. It's a great idea in theory, except I need to be looking ahead at what's in front of me. And I can't see what's on the screen without taking my eyes off the road. And I think that's not a good idea. I would rather just have a little light that goes off in the mirror. The only engine and transmission combo that's available in the HR-V, no matter which trim level you get, is the 1.8 liter four cylinder backed by a CVT. You used to be able to get an HR-V with a manual transmission, which was pretty cool. But I don't know, maybe nobody bought them. You can't get it anymore. Only CBT for you. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] The HR-V is available in five different trim levels, from the $20,000 LX all the way up to the $28,000 Touring, which is what we're in right now. With Touring, you get all-wheel drive and a sunroof, a couple of safety suite features. You can option those in starting around the middle trim levels, I think around EX. And that's probably where you're going to get your best value. I've really liked the interiors in some of the Honda minivans and SUVs I've driven. The HR-V doesn't have that much going on in here. The materials are soft enough, very plain, pretty much all the same color and all the same texture. The most exciting thing in the 2019 HR-V is the volume knob-- actual physical knob. And if you've ever driven a car that had one of the digital controls for volume, you'll know that this is actually something worth bragging about. Unfortunately, all the rest of the controls for the climate and for the infotainment are completely digital. So no other buttons, no other knobs. And they can be kind of difficult to use while you're driving. And when you get in the car, before you turn it on, you're looking at a totally blank screen. You can't even see them. For some reason, that really bothers me. It seems so lonely. The steering wheel is comfortable, and it is full of different buttons and knobs. They're in weird places, though. All of the controls for setting up the safety things, like when it beeps at you to warn you that there's a car ahead of you and that kind of stuff, is down here with a back click button, which I don't really like. I would rather have it over here on the front, which is where I've seen it in most of the other cars I've driven. And then what's here on the front, which is source and volume, I normally find on the back of other steering wheels. And I feel like that makes more sense. Maybe it's just something I'm used to. But if you do get in the car and you're looking for those controls, you're going to find them back here, where you wouldn't normally look. There's also paddle shifters, which is-- I don't know-- kind of a vanity in a CVT car, but whatever. You can play with them. They make clicky sounds. It gives you something to do while you're sitting in traffic. Controls for adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings are right here on the front, and they're pretty easy to use. The information is small, and when it's really bright outside, it's actually somewhat difficult to see. The gauge cluster is primarily digital with a physical needle for the speedometer. It's fine. It isn't very pretty, and it's also a little bit hard to see when it's very bright outside. The design element I like about the HR-V is the way that they did the center console. It's very slim. It doesn't get in your space, so you have plenty of elbow room. You have plenty of room for your hips. And even on the passenger side, it's not infringing on the passenger's leg space. The trade-off for having a small console is that you don't have as much storage space. So you do have two very large cup holders, but basically no console. You could maybe fit a very small Apple in there. You'll find two USB ports and the 12 volt charging below the console in this little pass through. It's a clever way to use this space. But if you have tiny T-Rex arms like me, you might find it hard to use. I found the front seats comfortable, but when I was talking about it with some of the bigger guys back at the office, they said they found them narrow. And they also felt that there wasn't quite enough leg room for taller drivers. There are not a lot of bells and whistles in the back seat of the HR-V. There's a 12 volt, no USBs. Cup holder in the middle, couple holders on the sides, soft touch materials. But there's really only one thing a backseat has to do, and that is be extremely comfortable with lots of room for people to sit in it. And it does. The seats are actually softer than the ones in the front. And this front seat is all the way back as far as it can possibly go, and I still have tons and tons of leg room. So if you had a short driver, man, you could just stretch out back here, be like, what's up. I'm going to live back here. Not only is there plenty of room for passengers in the back seat, there's plenty of space in the cargo bay. No, no, scratch that. Don't put people in the cargo bay. I'm just sitting here so you can see how much room there is. Not only does the HR-V have a lot of room, it has very smart room. You can put the seats down for any combination of people and stuff that you need to carry. So you can have just one seat down so you can still have somebody riding with you. Or you can put both seats down, They fold totally flat, and you can take a nap back here. There's 58.8 cubic feet of space with all the seats down, and there's 24.3 cubic feet with them up, which is still a lot of room for groceries. So I said that the HR-V had clever storage options, and this one's kind of the cleverest. Honda calls it the magic seat. Magic. Now you can put a lamp or a tall potted plant there, something that's too fragile to go in the back cargo area. The HR-V has a lot going for it. It's a great car for city living-- easy to park and economical on fuel. It's a Honda, so it's safe and reliable, which is perfect for college students or young parents. But it's been slipping in our ratings. And that is because the competition has been adding in more safety options, comfortable and attractive interiors, better engine and transmission combos, and then offering the results for less money. So if you're thinking of trading in an HR-V for another, take a day to scope out some of the newbies in the field, like the Hyundai Kona, the new bigger Hyundai Venue, the Mazda CX3, the Subaru Crosstrek-- there's a lot of fun to be had in small SUVs. Why settle for merely functional? If you're shopping for an SUV of any size, let us help you at Edmunds. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

2019 Honda HR-V Review and Road Test

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Honda HR-V, but since the 2021 Honda HR-V is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Honda HR-V a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 HR-V both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Honda HR-V fuel economy, so it's important to know that the HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the HR-V ranges from 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda HR-V. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda HR-V?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda HR-V:

  • Tinted rear glass now standard on Sport trim
  • Part of the first HR-V generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda HR-V reliable?

To determine whether the Honda HR-V is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the HR-V. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the HR-V's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda HR-V a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda HR-V is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 HR-V and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 HR-V is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda HR-V?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda HR-V is the 2021 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $21,020.

Other versions include:

  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,720
  • EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $24,220
  • Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,970
  • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $24,470
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,520
  • LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $21,020
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $27,320
  • EX-L 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,820
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What are the different models of Honda HR-V?

If you're interested in the Honda HR-V, the next question is, which HR-V model is right for you? HR-V variants include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of HR-V models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Honda HR-V Overview

The 2021 Honda HR-V is offered in the following submodels: HR-V SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and EX-L 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT). Honda HR-V models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 141 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Honda HR-V comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Honda HR-V comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Honda HR-V?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda HR-V and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 HR-V 4.3 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 2021 HR-V.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda HR-V and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 HR-V featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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 2021 Honda HR-V?

2021 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,695. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $431 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $431 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,264.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda HR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is 1.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,645. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $405 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $405 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,240.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is 1.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,895. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $520 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $520 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,375.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda HR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Honda HR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,495. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda HR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $302 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $302 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,193.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda HR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is 1.1% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Honda HR-VS are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Honda HR-V for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Honda HR-V.

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Find a new Honda for sale - 2 great deals out of 13 listings starting at $17,598.

Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Honda HR-V?

2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
28 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2021 Honda HR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2021 Honda HR-V Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/34 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG28
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement1.8 L
Passenger Volume119.3 cu.ft.
Wheelbase102.8 in.
Length170.4 in.
WidthN/A
Height63.2 in.
Curb Weight3124 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda HR-V?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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