The 2016 Honda HR-V is an all-new subcompact crossover SUV one size smaller than the popular Honda CR-V. The HR-V was designed to combine a coupe-like appearance with the practicality of a minivan and the toughness of an SUV. It’s based on the versatile and economical Honda Fit.
The HR-V conveys a sportier, more athletic appearance than the CR-V with more sharply sculpted lines.
Interior styling is clean and well organized. We like the HR-V’s center stack with the optional, upgraded display.
Versatility is one of the HR-V’s strong suits, with thoughtful touches that maximize space and comfort. For example, the roofline is slightly curved, which allows for more headroom in the cabin. Rear passengers also get plenty of hip- and legroom.
Many features that showcase the HR-V’s utility are shared with the Honda Fit, such as a 60/40-split seat that can fold completely flat, or flip up to make space for taller items. Whether the seats are up or down, the rear cargo is square and flat, making for plenty of space and allowing easy access.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is comfortable to drive but not sporty. All HR-V models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.
Most models come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) but a six-speed manual is available with front-wheel drive. The CVT achieves better fuel economy and is EPA-rated at 28/35 mpg City/Highway for front-wheel-drive models, but feels gutless when the throttle is punched. The manual transmission is more fun and engaging, though fuel economy suffers with an EPA rating of 25/28 mpg City/Highway.
The 2016 Honda HR-V fits between perfunctory and fun and is a solid choice for those seeking compact versatility.
HR-V competes with the more distinctive Fiat 500X, the sportier Mazda CX 3, and the Chevrolet Trax, which shares underpinnings with the more upscale Buick Encore.