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2020 Honda HR-V LX 2WD CVT - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Lots of standard safety features on most models
  • Small and maneuverable
  • Solid resale value
Pro Review

Honda HR-V: Everything You Need to Know

About the Honda HR-V:

The Honda HR-V is a five-passenger compact crossover that has been around since 2015.

The 2019 Honda HR-V is the second generation of the SUV that was originally introduced in 2015. It is built by Honda, a Japanese company. It is Honda's entry-level crossover and the smallest in the line-up.

The Honda HR-V comes in four different trim levels but with only one engine option—a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 141 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The Honda HR-V gets a revised continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is available across all trims

  • Honda HR-V LX: Comes in front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive as an option
  • Honda HR-V Sport: Gets the new Sport Line inside and out. This is a new trim line for the 2019 Honda HR-V.
  • Honda HR-V EX: This version (and those above) gets the Honda Sensing suite of safety as standard. It comes in front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive if you choose to option it that way.
  • Honda HR-V Touring: New to the HR-V trim levels, this is the top trim, and it comes with leather-trimmed seats, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, navigation, LED headlights and fog lights. This level comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Honda is a Japanese company known for making affordable, fun-to-drive cars that offer a ton of safety and technology. Most Honda HR-Vs hold their value very well and are some of the most reliable vehicles on the road today.

The 2019 Honda HR-V got a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. It also earned a Best Resale Award from KBB.

What’s New in the 2019 Honda HR-V?

The 2019 Honda HR-V gets a rather considerable set of updates for 2019. This includes a couple of new trims for the 2019 model year including Sport and Touring. It also gets updated styling and new technology.
For 2019, Honda offers the HR-V with the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety systems. It also gets a refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), added sound insulation, and Active Noise Cancelling on the Sport trim.

The 2019 Honda HR-V comes in front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. On the Touring trim all-wheel drive comes as standard.

The EPA estimates that the 2019 Honda HR-V gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

What Does the Honda HR-V Compete With?

The Honda HR-V competes with the following compact crossovers:

The Honda HR-V is a great car for new families who want something small and compact to navigate tight city streets.

Exterior Design of the Honda HR-V

The 2019 Honda HR-V gets an updated exterior for this model year. Updates include:

  • New bumpers, headlights, taillights, and grille
  • Blackout trim and wheels for the Sport trims
  • The all-wheel-drive only Touring trim gets LED headlights, dark chrome trim and LED fog lights.

The entire front of the 2019 HR-V gets totally updated looks. It looks much more in line with the Honda Civic than it did previously (which is a good thing.)

Interior Style in the Honda HR-V

The interior of the Honda HR-V gets a few updates for the 2019 model year. Those small changes appear at different trim levels. It also gets a new audio system with a volume knob and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Sport trim models, get a black headliner, gloss-black trim, and sport pedals.
  • EX and EX-L models get redesigned seat upholstery with high-contrast stitching.
  • Touring models get double-stitched leather-trimmed seats and include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • A new analog speedometer and digital tachometer

Honda kept the climate control system that is easier to use in the base LX level, while the higher trim models get a touch-operated version that can be a bit more difficult to use when you are on the road.

One thing did catch our attention—the seats tend to be a bit hard and uncomfortable in the Honda HR-V.

What Technology Comes in the Honda HR-V?

The 2019 Honda HR-V comes with plenty of technology At the base, the LX trim, you get:

  • A 160-watt audio system
  • Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth with streaming audio
  • 12V power outlet

At the Sport trim and above you get a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get power-adjustable front seats dual-zone climate control, moonroof, and push-button start.

Some of the tech highlights from the Honda Sensing that come standard on all Honda HR-V EX trims and above:

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams

The LX level gets basic cruise control.

The infotainment system is the same one that you will see across the Honda brands and for 2019 the HR-V gets a volume knob instead of the much-loathed slider. Most reviewers have celebrated the return of the knob.

The touchscreen-enabled system we used is easy enough to navigate, and when equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is simple enough to pair your phone. While the system sometimes is a bit laggy, it isn’t enough to be frustrating.

For more on the safety features in the Honda HR-V read below.

What Safety Features are in the Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V comes standard with Honda's safety suite at the EX trim and above, called Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: This system is an automatic emergency braking system that will stop the car if it’s about to hit something. Some reviewers have complained about how sensitive the system is.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System: A camera at the front of the car “reads” road markers and alerts the driver when the car is about to veer off the road. It also applies brakes to keep the Accord on the road.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: In traffic, set the cruise control and the Accord will follow the car ahead keeping a safe distance
  • Lane-keeping assist: This system keeps the Accord in the center of its lane.
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic high beams

Recently, IIHS named the Honda HR-V a Top Safety Pick. NHTSA or the National Highway Transportation Safety Board gave the 2019 Honda HR-V a five-star overall crash rating.

What is the Honda HR-V Like to Drive?

On the road, the Honda HR-V is somewhat sluggish, but it's enjoyable to drive. While you won't sweat making a merge on the highway or passing someone, the lack of power leaves a bit to be desired.

Out on the road, the Honda HR-V is comfortable for both the driver and passengers. Its steering has just enough heft to it to make it engaging to drive, and the suspension is stiff enough to feel the road beneath the vehicle, but not so stiff that your passengers are reaching for the grab handles. The Sport trim gets you variable-ratio steering so you can better feel the road at higher speeds.

The updated CVT or continuously variable transmission is a nice upgrade that Honda added for 2019. It uses stepped gears like a normal transmission might and makes the engine appear to work a little less hard than it did in the previous generation.

Should I Buy a Current Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is a solid small crossover to consider. It has good resale and residual value and enough space for a small family.

Should I buy a Used Honda HR-V?

Used Honda HR-Vs tend to hold their value well and could be great used cars. Be aware that Honda HR-Vs have only been around since 2015 so many are still pretty young.

Complaints about past HR-V models, according to, includes defective paint, and leaky window gaskets.

How Much Does the Honda HR-V Cost?

The 2019 Honda HR-V starts around $20,520 plus delivery for the base LX model. The top-level HR-V will cost you just under $30,000 plus delivery. KBB recently gave the Honda HR-V a best resale value award, so it is expected to be easy to sell and maintain its value.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Honda HR-V


  • Great resale value
  • Highly rated for safety
  • More affordable than the competition
  • Magic folding seats in the back seat to allow for more room for gear


  • Have to step up to the new Sport trim to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • All-wheel drive is an added option and cost on all models except the Touring
  • Less Sporty handling than some competitors
Model History

The History of the Honda HR-V: From Four-Wheel Drive to Two-Wheel Drive

The Honda HR-V is based on the Honda Fit. That means that the gas tank is under the front seats and allows Honda to put their well-known, Magic Folding seats in the back to add storage space. The Honda HR-V has been around since 2016.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Honda HR-V


Body Style
Sport Utility
1.8L I-4 SOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC
141 hp
Continuously Variable w/Sport Mode
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 1.8L I-4 SOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC -inc: Eco Assist system
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable w/Sport Mode
  • 5.436 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,001 lbs
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 850# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Wheels: 17" Silver-Painted Alloy
  • Tires: 215/55R17 94V AS
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Fixed Interval Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Dark Chrome Grille
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: AM/FM Stereo Audio System (160-Watt) -inc: 4 speakers, 5" color LCD screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and streaming audio, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC) and 1 front 1.0-amp USB audio interface
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: manual height adjustment for driver's seat and adjustable head restraints
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Leatherette Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest
  • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Honda HR-V

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Honda HR-V LX 2WD CVT:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.