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2018 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $19,670
2018 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,720
2018 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,870
2018 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,920
2018 EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,140
2018 EX-L w/Navigation 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,540

Overview

The rapidly expanding subcompact SUV segment continues to pull in new buyers. The Honda HR-V is one of the top beneficiaries of this trend. Versatile and affordable, the 2018 HR-V supplies a unique seat management system that allows sufficient space for carrying two bicycles inside. Respectable fuel economy ratings only enhance this Honda’s appeal.

What's New for 2018

Light changes accompany the 2018 Honda HR-V, now in its third year. A new Aegean Blue Metallic color choice and a fresh wheel design are available on select trims.

Honda HR-V

Choosing Your Honda HR-V

Built on the same architecture underpinning the Honda Fit, the HR-V is the smallest of the three Honda SUVs. Offering seat belts for five, the three-place 60/40 split fold-down rear seat is better suited for two passengers.

Honda’s “Magic Seat” feature is a strong selling point for this model. Offering four different modes for multiple seating and cargo-hauling arrangements, the HR-V carries objects that are otherwise too large to fit in competing models. Cargo space measures 24.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seat and a respectable 56.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Available in three trims, every model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the LX and EX trims, though a continuously variable automatic transmission is available for an $800 upgrade. Available all-wheel drive models require the CVT, adding a modest $1,300 to the cost of each trim.

The 2018 HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive models paired with the CVT. All-wheel drive versions make 27 city/31 highway mpg, while models with the manual transmission are the least efficient, delivering an estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway.

Honda HR-V

LX

Priced from $20,510 (including a $940 destination fee) with the manual transmission, the base model comes with keyless entry, power side mirrors, LED brake lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. In-cabin features include power windows and door locks, a tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control, air conditioning, a multi-view rearview camera, a 160-watt four-speaker audio system, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack.

Honda HR-V

EX

For $22,560, the EX adds automatic on/off headlights, fog lights, and a moonroof. Push-button start, automatic climate control, and the Honda LaneWatch passenger side mirror camera system, a six-speaker audio system, Pandora compatibility, 7-inch color display, two USB ports, and smartphone compatibility round out this trim’s upgraded features.

Honda HR-V

EX-L Navi

With a sticker price of $25,980, the all-wheel drive EX-L Navi brings in roof rails, navigation with voice recognition, leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

Honda does not offer package options, although individual dealer-installed accessories are available.

CarsDirect Tip

Rarely do we recommend a base model and this holds true for the HR-V. The EX is an ideal place to begin your search, with the CVT likely preferred by most buyers. If you want a navigation system, you need to choose the top trim as neither Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone compatibility can be had.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Tiny crossover SUVs are making a significant statement, delivering utility for a small cost. The Honda HR-V is one of a growing breed of subcompact models, prized for its cabin that offers a unique seat management system.

Best Value

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. We chose the mid-grade HR-V EX with front-wheel drive that starts at $23,395 (including the $975 destination charge and $800 for the continuously variable transmission) as our “best value” model. Consider all-wheel drive if you live where wintry conditions prevail, otherwise hold back from making the $1,300 upgrade.

Besides the EX trim, you’ll find LX and EX-L Navi trims. The base model comes with such features as 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, part of its Magic Seat management system. Magic Seat employs a unique system where either or both of the rear seatbacks can fold flat and flush with cargo floor or the seat cushions folded upright to make room for a pair of mountain bikes or tall plants. The top trim brings in such features as roof rails, leather-trimmed seats, navigation, and satellite and HD Radio.

As for the EX, it splits the difference with keyless entry and push-button start, automatic climate control, heated front seats and mirrors, and the Honda LaneWatch side mirror camera system.

  • Model: 2018 Honda HR-V EX
  • Engine: 1.8-liter I4r
  • Output: 141 hp/127 lb.-ft.
  • Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 28 city/34 highway
  • Options: None. Besides a $1,300 alloy wheel upgrade, which we aren’t recommending.
  • Base Price: $23,395 (including $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $23,245

Performance

Honda HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V generates 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque from its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Honda pairs this engine with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission.

With just the driver present, we found the engine sufficient, but with additional passengers on board, it labors. It wasn't enough even with the CVT operating in manual mode and working with prearranged “gears.”

The HR-V supplies a surprisingly smooth ride despite its size. Handling isn't its strong suit, but its 31 miles per gallon rating is quite good – upgrade from your Fit without a tinge of SUV guilt.

Interior and Exterior

Style-wise, the HR-V offers a tidy, if not quirky, package. We like some of the individual parts, such as the grille and profile, but put it all together and the exterior seems busy, even disjointed. That said, give Honda big marks for standard alloy wheels and the tucked-in rear door handles. We’re not sure what Honda had in mind when tying various and discordant design elements together.

Where the exterior delivers a controversial design, the interior is comparatively tame. Happily, the two-screen arrangement still found in some Honda models is absent. Even so, the base 5.0-inch screen seems too small, even for this model. Touchscreen controls dominate, meaning if you fiddle with the audio volume, your hands are on the screen and that may cause a distraction.

Kudos to Honda for its Magic Seat management system. It isn’t like any other seating arrangement in this segment, making it possible to bring along gear that doesn’t seem as if it should fit. Standard cargo volume measures 24.3 cubic feet or 58.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

The Best and Worst Things

The standard equipment list is strong and, of course, the storage possibilities are numerous. On the other hand, we’re disappointed the HR-V doesn’t offer the latest safety technologies.

Right For...

Honda HR-V

Anyone who's dipping their feet into the SUV market for the first time, but especially for the customer moving up from a small car. The utility features alone make this Honda a keeper.

Wrong For...

Individuals who demand a little kick. Performance is fine for the lone driver, but add in more people or gear and you’ll be wanting for more.

The Bottom Line

The Honda HR-V shares its platform with the Fit and that’s a great place to start. If you’re crossing over from a small car to an SUV, the HR-V offers a logical place to begin.

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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 / 33 / 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 / 33 / 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 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
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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