2016 Honda HR-V Review

2016 Honda HR-V photo
  1. Original MSRP$19,215 - $25,990
  2. Fuel Economy25/34 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover

2016 Honda HR-V Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2016 Honda HR-V photo
  1. Original MSRP$19,215 - $25,990
  2. Fuel Economy25/34 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover
CARFAX RatingsOverall Rating


By Randy Stern (Last Updated 12/12/2017)

Already one of the hottest selling vehicles in its class, the 2016 Honda HR-V offers passenger space for four or five and expandable cargo room. All of this is wrapped up in one of the most compelling designs for 2016.

Based on the Honda Fit platform, the all-new Honda HR-V is designed to navigate through urban enclaves where small parking spaces exist. However, the 2016 HR-V receives power from the Honda Civic with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine available with a choice of a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front- or all-wheel drive is available across three trim levels (LX, EX and EX-L Navi), each with a level of equipment to satisfy all budgets. A four-door liftgate body style is the only choice for HR-V customers. The HR-V is made at Honda’s Mexico plant, where the Fit is also produced.


The subcompact HR-V has a very compelling design, combining current Honda trends from both cars and crossovers. The front end has gloss black trim above a lower grille with an additional ventilation slot above the trim. A combined headlamp and turn signal unit frames each side of the front end, with each emitting a good beam of light. The hood appears to be long, though it leads to a shapely roofline. The four doors open wide enough for cargo and passenger load in, though the rear doors open on the roofline, rather than below or on the beltline. The liftgate opens wide and high for better loading.

The HR-V introduces us to a new taillight design for Honda’s crossovers, with a boomerang shape that gives this vehicle a compelling look. All models ride on a 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.


The Fit plays a huge part in shaping the 2016 HR-V’s interior. Owners of the latest Fit would easily recognize the instrument panel with its three-dial binnacle, single infotainment location and familiar switches for climate control, audio, cruise control, lights and wipers. In all, it is a cleaner instrument panel when compared with larger Honda products. Our tester was the top-of-the-line EX-L, which featured touch screens for the infotainment and climate control systems, along with Honda’s LaneWatch system, which shows objects along the passenger side as the right turn signal is indicated.

Interior quality is extremely good with excellent materials throughout. Seating is for five, and the front seats offer plenty of adjustments for most bodies. Manual adjustments are available throughout, including height, rake and recline for the front seats. The rear seats are split 60/40 and both seatbacks recline. Headrests are also adjustable for all outboard seats. Leg- and headroom are good in rear of the HR-V. The EX-L’s leather upholstery is supple and comfortable.

One feature that carried over from the Fit is Honda’s ‘Magic Seat,’ which provides room for tall pieces of cargo to stand up when the rear seat cushions are folded up. Behind the rear seats, there is up to 24.3 cubic feet of space available. Fold the rear seats down, and that space is expanded to 58.8 cubic feet with a flat-load floor to the front seatbacks.


Though it rides on the Fit’s platform, the HR-V gets the Civic’s engine. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. This is the perfect choice for the HR-V. Front-wheel drive models can match this engine with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-step continuously variable transmission. The CVT is the only transmission choice on all all-wheel drive models. The HR-V gets its best fuel economy estimates with the CVT, delivering an EPA-estimated 28/35 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive models get slightly lower estimates of 27/32 mpg.

In all, the HR-V is enjoyable to drive. The HR-V rides comfortably and absorbs various road conditions with ease, and our test drive revealed impressive cornering ability. The steering system is very precise, and the HR-V has a decent turning radius for its size. Stopping power is very good with excellent feel from the brake pedal.


The Honda HR-V comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port. Choosing the HR-V EX adds the HondaLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, as well as proximity key with push-button start, automatic climate control and Honda LaneWatch.

HondaLink enables playback from smartphone apps such as Pandora Internet Radio without the use of another app to do so. An onboard navigation system is included in the EX-L model, and HondaLink also offers real-time traffic reports via the navigation system.


The HR-V earned a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). At the time of this review, the HR-V has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A rearview camera, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and six air bags are among the HR-V’s standard safety features. Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot camera system is standard on EX and EX-L trims.


The HR-V’s base price is $19,115 for a front-drive LX model with a manual transmission. Our all-wheel drive EX-L model was at the opposite side of the pricing spectrum, with a sticker price of $26,720. These prices are in line with what you’ll find elsewhere in the subcompact SUV class, yet the base price is very attractive to bargain hunters looking at the HR-V as a high value proposition.


Even though the HR-V is seen as a possible champion of the subcompact crossover segment when it comes to sales, the competition is stiff. These competitors include the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke, Kia Soul, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Mazda CX-3.

Honda certainly has a hit on its hands with the 2016 HR-V. The rising demand for crossovers and Honda’s ability to manufacture solidly built products creates a grand opportunity to offer a subcompact crossover that will satisfy a lot of people – whether they live in the city or beyond it.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Misty Green Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • White Orchid Pearl
  • Body style

  • Crossover
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: 215/55r17 94v
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Black
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Grille Color: Black
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Ground Clearance: 6.7 Inches
  • Width: 69.8 Inches
  • Length: 169.1 Inches
  • Height: 63.2 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 102.8 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 4001 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 60.6 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 2888 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 60.4 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Watts: 160
  • Total Speakers: 4
  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Flat-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 100.1 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 53.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 56.8 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 47.4 Inches
  • Interior Volume: 124.4 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Legroom: 39.3 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 58.8 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 41.2 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.5 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.3 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 24.3 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 54.5 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 4.71
  • Fuel Efficiency

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City: 25
  • Highway: 34
  • Combined: 28
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 1.8
  • Horsepower: 141
  • Torque: 127
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Manual
  • Type: M
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 37.4
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Torsion Beam
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 24 mm
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • Bumper-to-Bumper: 36 Months/36000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60000 Miles
  • Corrosion: Rust: 60 Months/0 Miles


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front
  8. Camera System: Rear Multi-view
  9. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  14. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  15. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  17. Brake Assist: Standard
  18. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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