This new Honda release adds a much needed economy compact SUV to Honda’s line of reliable vehicles. With the LX model starting at manufacturer suggested retail price of $19,115[ 1 ] and the EX-L Navi starting at $24,590[ 1 ] the 2016 Honda HR-V is affordable on any budget. With transmission options that provide city miles per gallon ranging from 25[ 7 ] to 28[ 7 ] and highway miles per gallon ranging from 32[ 7 ] to 35[ 7 ], the Honda HR-V continues its impressive cost savings.
The Honda HR-V shares many design elements and safety features as the Honda CR-V but it’s far more than than a smaller version of the CR-V it has been compared to. For example, the standard Honda 60/40 second row magic seat, not available in the Honda CR-V, helps you make the most of your space by allowing passenger seats to easily fold down. Even though, the HR-V is an economy option, it includes many standard luxury features. Every model, from the base LX up, includes at least a 5 inch color LCD screen, a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth and MP3 Capabilities, Speed-Sensitive Volume Control, programmable door locks, and cruise control. Additional luxury options like SMS Text Message functionality, LaneWatch, push button start, moonroof, heated seats, leather-trimmed interior, HondaLink Next Generation, smart entry system make this model feel anything but economy.
For all its benefits, the Honda HR-V is not for every customer. The most significant drawback is the limited horsepower and torque. The 2016 HR-V’s base 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine provides 141 horsepower and 127 torque compared to the 185 horsepower and 181 torque provided by the 2015 CR-V’s base 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine. This translates into an engine that is great for daily driving or road trips, but not great for towing or off road adventures. Additionally, with all seats up, the 2016 HR-V provides 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to the 35.2 cubic feet of cargo space available with all seats up in the 2015 Honda CR-V. If tons of cargo space and towing capability is important to you, you’re better off with the 2015 Honda CR-V.
Both the 2016 HR-V and the 2015 Honda CR-V offer great options for you and your family in the crossover class. Neither of these fuel efficient vehicles sacrifice comfort, safely or luxury. To get a better feel for which car is better for your needs, schedule a test drive or call our friendly staff to chat about the differences between these two vehicles.
*Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices and include the vehicles destination charge of $880 for suv and do not include taxes, license, or $199 administrative fee. Dealer prices may vary. 25[ 7 ] city/34[ 7 ] highway/28[ 7 ] combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 28[ 7 ] city/35[ 7 ] highway/31[ 7 ] combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT models. 27[ 7 ] city/32[ 7 ] highway/29[ 7 ] combined mpg rating for AWD CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.