2017 Honda HR-V

In many ways, sales of the Honda HR-V embody the huge demand of the small SUV market. According to Car Sales Base, Honda sold 82,041 HR-V models in 2016. In 2015, it sold 41,969 models, representing an almost twofold increase in sales in one year.

That’s incredible growth for any vehicle, let alone one that is somewhat new to the marketplace. At the same time, when you start to examine the myriad of benefits the Honda HR-V offers you in the way of fuel economy, safety, interior storage, and affordability, you can see why demand for this model continues to spike.

The appeal widens for the HR-V when you see how it stacks up to its immediate peers. With these factors in mind, here is a closer examination of what the HR-V offers you, how it measures up to others in its class, and why it should continue to grow in demand.

Exterior Styling

The 2017 Honda HR-V exudes aggressiveness–not a common trait found among smaller sized SUVs. Some of the ways Honda achieved this profile is with angular lines that give the HR-V some muscle. In addition, the chrome grille enhances the SUV’s bold persona while the lower height embodies its sporty allure. Completing the look is small touches such as the LED brake lights located in the curved tail lights. Not only does this add more shape to the SUV, the brake lights use less energy while also making it easier for drivers to identify you.

Interior Styling

You will notice a theme of form and function with the HR-V’s design. When you step inside its interior you’ll find ergonomic controls all within reach of the driver. Honda designed the driver’s section of the HR-V to make it easier to control most aspects of your drive while keeping your attention where it belongs: on the road.

Speaking of controls, the Honda HR-V makes it easy to control cabin temperatures with its Automatic Climate Control adjustment and touch-based interface. Simply, you can toggle the arrow up or down to set temperature and press the buttons denoting vent controls to select the best environment for you and your passengers.

Meanwhile, the HR-V seats five comfortably. What’s more, the HR-V is versatile in that it comes with foldable rear seats, opening up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room. This makes it the perfect vehicle for comfortable commutes around town or if you need to transport bulkier items.

If you need more interior features, Honda has everything you need for the HR-V. This includes all-weather floor mats, cargo accessories, and interior lighting. Overall, you’ll find the HR-V to offer unrivaled convenience thanks to the ergonomic controls and the SUV’s versatility.

Performance

Power performance isn’t a big concern for most buyers of this segment. After all, if you are wanting a smaller sized SUV, your power demands are most likely low. Still, this doesn’t mean you should compromise fun drives for size; this is why the Honda HR-V is unique.

Its base engine offering is the 1.8L, four-cylinder engine that generates 141-horsepower at 6,500RPM. The perfect pairing with this engine is the two-wheel-drive six-speed manual transmission. Together, you receive a responsive driving experience that will more than make up for the power deficiency

Of course, to account for varied needs Honda supplied the HR-V with other available transmission choices. The two-wheel-drive CVT automatic transmission doesn’t have single shift points, resulting in a smoother ride with excellent efficiency–up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

If your drives require you to go over rugged terrain, then the all-wheel-drive CVT automatic transmission is a smart choice. This is a unique transmission in that it gives the HR-V the capability to traverse over rugged terrain while also delivering superior fuel economy–up to 31 highway mpg.

Therefore, no matter what your driving preference is, Honda has the right transmission for you.

Safety

The Honda HR-V comes equipped with a wide range of safety features to offer you peace of mind. The first way Honda designed the HR-V for safety concerns its construction. Honda made the HR-V with high-strength steel construction to provide additional protection for the vehicle’s occupants in the event a crash occurs.

Moreover, the HR-V comes available with the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. What makes this camera so unique is that it offers three different views including normal, top-down, and wide. This provides you with a wide range of vision, making it easier to do tasks such as park or maneuver out of tight spots.

The HR-V also has driver-assistance features like the Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control. With this feature, it can correct over or understeering you make to supply the SUV will enough traction to stay on the road/maintain lane discipline.

How the HR-V Compares

One of the most effective ways to see how a model performs is to compare it to others in its segment. In this regard, the Honda HR-V scored well in a variety of categories while only lagging in one.

  • The 2017 Honda HR-V has a starting price of $19,365. When compared to the average cost of a 2017 small SUV/crossover, the HR-V saves you $4,775 on average.
  • This savings extends more when you consider fuel economy. The HR-V earns a combined 29 mpg, placing it above the 28 combined mpg its class averages.
  • The one area where the HR-V lacks is in power. Its 141-horsepower output is 19 fewer horsepower than its immediate peers average. However, if you don’t require much in the way of power this number shouldn’t concern you.
  • Despite its compact size, the Honda HR-V possesses ample storage space. It has 24.30 cubic feet of trunk space available, representing 31 percent more space than its similar-sized counterparts have.

*We used data from automotive research site AxleGeeks for the comparisons.

Our Take

Overall, it’s hard not to marvel at the Honda HR-V. It offers many benefits from a spacious interior to innovative safety equipment all for a starting price under $20,000. Because of its affordability and great perks, it’s easy to see why so many people are buying one.

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