The 2021 Honda HR-V displays minor updates, including revised wheel designs and rear privacy glass for the Sport model. The Touring trim is no longer offered.
Honda's smallest crossover debuted in 2016 and received a major refresh in 2019.
Choosing Your Honda HR-V
Honda offers the HR-V in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. Pricing starts at $22,140 including destination and only goes up to $26,940 for the EX-L.
The sole engine for the HR-V is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that develops 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels. This setup is EPA-rated at 28 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 30 combined.
All-wheel drive is available on all model for $1,500. With AWD, fuel economy estimates ease to 27/31/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Although the Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover, there's enough rear leg room for five to ride in relative comfort.
Cargo space is also admirable for this class. The HR-V can hold 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and 58.8 with it folded. Opting for AWD reduces these numbers slightly.
The LX and Sport comes with a multi-angle rearview camera, but that's it in the way of driver assistance technology.
The EX and EX-V do much better in this department. Both trims come standard with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking.
The HR-V is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and receives a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA
The Honda HR-V starts out with a 5-inch infotainment display, four speakers, and a USB port. The Sport and above add an actual touchscreen measuring 7 inches, a second USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The EX and EX-L carry a six-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio.
Since the Touring model has departed, navigation is no longer available.
The LX offers just the basics: air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic headlights, and power windows and locks. At least the outside gets a rear spoiler, LED brake lights, and a rear spoiler.
The Sport receives gloss black exterior trim, unique 18-inch wheels, sport pedals, rear privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Functional upgrades include paddle shifters, roof rails, and fog lights.
The EX adds heated front seats, automatic climate control, a sunroof, push button start, and proximity key access. The EX reverts to 17-inch wheels and loses the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
The EX-L builds on the EX with leather seats and interior trim, plus an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The lack of available safety technology on the 2021 Honda HR-V LX and Sport takes them off the list in our view. The fully-equipped EX provides real value, and the EX-L is a cheap way to indulge in leather seats.