Review: 2018 Honda HR-V

Review: 2018 Honda HR-V

The crossover segment has become so crowded that your best bet is to pick from the cream of the crop, looking for models with the highest critic and safety ratings.

We'll save you the effort, and present to you our review of the 2018 Honda HR-V, a best-selling crossover with top-of-class ratings from Kelley Blue Book and the federal crash testing organization.

See the full details below, then visit our convenient Staunton, Virginia location to secure a model of your own.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 HR-V has three trims, including the LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. All models include a second-row Magic Seat that lets you configure your crossover in three ways to suit your needs. Flip the rear seatback down and recline the passenger seat for Long Mode, letting you carry items up to 8 feet long, or flip the seat bottom up for Tall Mode, giving you 4 feet of vertical cargo space. To get to Utility Mode, just fold the whole rear seatback down to give you almost 60 cubic feet of cargo volume, with easy access from the hatch.

Available interior features include a one-touch power moonroof, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, and leather-trimmed seating. You can also opt for Automatic Climate Control with Electrostatic Touchscreen, Push Button Start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 HR-V has a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine, with either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

The Honda crossover is one of the most fuel-efficient models in its class. Manual models have a fuel economy of 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, while automatic FWD models get up to 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway. The HR-V AWD gets up to 27 MPG city and 31 MPG highway*.

If you plan on using your HR-V for camping or recreational purposes, you may consider some featured accessories. Options include 17-inch alloy wheels, interior illumination, illuminated door sills, auto-dimming mirrors, fog lights, a sport grille, cross bars, a roof box, bike/ski/snowboard attachments, splash guards, all-season floor mats, a cargo liner, cargo net, or cargo tray.

Safety and Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Honda HR-V a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating**.

Each model of the new crossover comes standard with a suite of active and passive safety features. These include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Hill Start Assist, an electronic parking brake with automatic brake hold, and hands-free technology. The EX and EX-L Navi trims add Honda LaneWatch, an advanced blind spot monitoring system.

Pricing

Starting at $19,570***

*2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

***Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2018 Honda HR-V with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights.

****Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.