Built on the same platform as the subcompact Honda Fit hatchback, the HR-V combines Honda styling with greater utility.
The formula for the Fit translates onto the Honda HR-V with the latter's short length and higher stance. A high ground clearance enables the HR-V to manage road hazards and climatic conditions. Five people can fit inside the HR-V, and a flexible 60/40 split-folding second row called the Magic Seat offers a number of cargo configurations for special situations. In all, there is up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space available in the HR-V.
Honda interior design is carried over into the HR-V with clearly marked analog gauges, an information screen in the instrument binnacle and an adjustable steering wheel. The HR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks and cruise control.
Honda also offers a standard rearview camera on all HR-V models. The EX and EX-L trims add Honda's blind spot camera system (LaneWatch), which provides a view of the blind spot on the right side when the HR-V is making a right turn. Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all models, while HondaLink is offered on higher trims to enable the dedicated use of smartphone apps through this system.
The HR-V is offered with a 141-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual is offered only with front-wheel drive, whereas the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) can be paired with front- or all-wheel drive.
While expanding the new subcompact crossover segment, the Honda HR-V is up against competitors such as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and Fiat 500X. The HR-V works in various settings, from urban enclaves to rural communities and in-between.