|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$26,720: 1.8-liter, 141-hp, SOHC, 16-valve, i-VTEC I4 engine; CVT|
Attractive exterior without a lot of look-at-me flash. Even the color-shifting paint was a subtle deep blue to indigo. Way more stylish than CR-V big brother. Noteworthy handling and steering, which makes sense given the Fit underpinnings. Both rear-facing cameras are useful, and the steering wheel-mounted controls are acceptable after getting used to the layout. Plenty of stowage for large grocery store hauls. Interior fit and finish earn good marks. Simple, clean and easy-to-read gauge layout.
Underpowered, but perhaps the 6-speed FWD version feels less so. Would love to see a 6-cyl option instead of just a slightly extra peppy Fit-based four-banger. Lose the paddle shifters — this isn’t Formula One, nor is it even Special Stage ready. The center-stack screen is busy all of the time. My kingdom for volume and tuning radio knobs. HVAC knobs too! Touchscreen side controls are inadequate. Not the tallest vehicle — it is a subcompact crossover — so taller occupants should watch their heads over speed bumps.
For city living, this can do most anything a primary driver needs. Kids, groceries, smaller outdoor projects; the HR-V handles them just fine. Reasonably priced EX-L from $25k, with the FWD base model priced just under $20k. Fierce competition in segment led by Kia’s Soul and the Mazda CX-3 makes shopping around and identifying your best match a good idea. There’s a lot more flash available in the category than Honda brings to the table, but few offer the refinement and restrained styling.
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|EPA Mileage||27/32, 29 combined|
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