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HR-V
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2016 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $19,215
2016 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,265
2016 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,315
2016 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,365
2016 EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,690
2016 EX-L w/Navigation 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,990

Overview

Compact crossovers recently surpassed midsize sedans as the bestselling class of vehicle. With that market firmly established, automakers are betting on even smaller models to become the next big thing. Honda enters the sweepstakes this year with the HR-V, a subcompact that retains the basic crossover qualities that won over buyers years ago.

What's New for 2016

The HR-V is an all-new model.

Honda HR-V

Choosing Your Honda HR-V

The HR-V is based on the Honda Fit, and will remind you of a seven-tenths scale model of the brand's larger and wildly popularly CR-V. Like its big brother, the HR-V holds an astonishing amount of cargo for its size -- up to 59 cubic feet. That puts it in front of the new breed of extra-small crossovers, and even ahead of some compacts.

The rear seat easily accommodates two adults -- three-across seating is only practical with children. The seat itself folds down as expected, but can also fold up and flip backward, leaving a deep storage well in its place, a feature Honda calls Magic Seat.

Every HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 141 horsepower, about what you would expect in this type of vehicle. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available for $800. The CVT is required with the optional all-wheel drive system, which we consider a bargain at $1,250.

You can expect 28 mpg in combined driving with the six-speed, and a class-leading 31 mpg with the CVT. Heavier all-wheel drive models deliver a still-impressive 29 mpg.

Comfort and convenience features will be determined by trim level:

Honda HR-V

LX

Gets all the basics like power windows and locks, air conditioning and a four-speaker sound system. There are a few surprising touches for a base model, including a rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and Bluetooth phone and audio.

Honda HR-V

EX

Tacks on heated front seats, a sunroof, automatic climate control, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and blind spot monitoring.

Honda HR-V

EX-L Navi

Comes standard with the CVT, plus a leather interior, navigation, and HD and satellite radio.

There are no individual options for the HR-V beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

There's a $2,050 price difference between the LX and EX, which is small enough for us to recommend using the EX as your starting point. Its upgrades hit all the right spots, making the HR-V feel like a complete crossover that you can live with for a long time.

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At the rate the subcompact crossover segment is growing, we're not in the least surprised that Honda has jumped into the game with its new HR-V. It's the latest proof that you can go small without giving up the essential qualities that endeared Americans to crossovers in the first place.

Pricing and Equipment

Like many vehicles these days, the HR-V dispenses with individual options altogether and gives you a choice of three comprehensive trim levels:

  • Priced at $19,115, the LX comes with all the basics like power windows and locks, air conditioning and a four-speaker sound system. There are a few surprising touches for a base model, including a rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and Bluetooth phone and audio. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available for $800.
  • The mid-level EX ($21,165) benefits from a slate of comfort upgrades such as heated front seats, a sunroof, automatic climate control and rear privacy glass. You also get keyless ignition and blind spot monitoring. The CVT remains optional.
  • For $24,590, the EX-L Navi adds the CVT, a leather interior, navigation, and HD and satellite radio.

All models equipped with the CVT are eligible for all-wheel drive, which we consider a bargain at $1,250.

Performance Pros

Every HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 141 horsepower, a reasonable amount for this type of vehicle. The engine feels peppy enough in two-wheel drive models, but things slow down a tad with the all-wheel drive system installed.

Performance highlights include:

  • Transmissions: We're glad Honda saw fit to offer a six-speed manual, and not just on the base model. Of course, most buyers will go for the CVT (it's required with all-wheel drive), which includes a Sport mode and shift paddles, both of which will come in handy when you need quick acceleration.
  • Steering/handling: The HR-V's suspension is tuned for comfort rather than tackling curves. We agree with that approach, especially in light of the Honda's smooth and compliant ride. We found it superior to everything in this class, including the fancier Buick Encore.
  • Fuel Efficiency: With the manual transmission, you can expect 28 mpg in combined driving, which seems good enough until you consider that the CVT boosts that figure 31 mpg. So equipped, the HR-V is nothing less than the benchmark of small crossover efficiency. With all-wheel drive, though, it achieves a merely excellent 29 mpg combined.

Performance Cons

  • The CVT is obviously tuned for economy, so you might be tempted to reach for the Sport button for snappier response. That habit will surely take the shine off the HR-V's stellar mileage ratings.
  • The extra weight of all-wheel drive is a noticeable drag on performance. We don't recommend it outside of the snowbelt.

Interior Pros

  • The so-called Magic Seat folds down like any other second row, but can also fold and flip backward, leaving a deep storage well in its place (that's the "magic" part).
  • You can arrange the interior for up to 59 cubic feet of cargo space, enough to put the HR-V clearly ahead of most competitors.

Interior Cons

  • The back door handles are mounted high on the rear pillars, requiring an odd contortion if you want to get out.
  • We found the touch-sensitive climate controls to be challenging to operate while driving, not to mention needlessly fancy. Conventional buttons would work just fine.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

In defiance of the HR-V's petite footprint, the back seat can accommodate two adults with no problem (until one has to open the door, that is).

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The HR-V didn't inherit any of the athleticism we've come to appreciate in Honda's passenger cars.

The Bottom Line

Any driver with a tape measure will walk away impressed by how much crossover Honda has stuffed into a pint-sized package.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 141 HP / 127 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 141 HP / 127 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
58.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
169.1 "
Exterior Width
69.8 "
Exterior Height
63.2 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
39.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,888 Lbs. / 2,902 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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