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