Mar 28, 2016
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.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Horsepower 141
EPA Mileage 27/32, 29 combined

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