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If you’re shopping for a subcompact SUV, then the Honda HR-V is likely somewhere at the top of your shortlist. And while it does compete with strong competitors like the Nissan Kicks, the Mazda CX-30, and the Hyundai Kona, it’s hard to beat the tried-and-true reliability of a Honda. But just how many miles will a Honda HR-V last?

Is the Honda HR-V a reliable compact SUV?

If reliability is high on your list, then you can’t go wrong by picking the Honda HR-V. Consumer Reports gave it a five-star reliability rating for every year since 2018, with the 2017 model year getting lower marks due to transmission issues. However, according to Car Complaints, there isn’t too much to worry about overall with any of the HR-V model years. In fact, the one that received the most complaints was the 2016 model year, and mainly for “uncomfortable seats,” which is subjective and almost a non-issue to some.

Additionally, the Honda HR-V has scored well with J.D. Power, which gave the small SUV a score of 78 out of 100 in the “quality and reliability” category, which is “great” in their terms. They scored previous model years just as high in the same category, so you can rest assured that the HR-V will give you the capability that you need for many years. According to The Drive, the HR-V should last at least 200,000 miles just like its older stablemates.

2020 Honda HR-V Sport
2020 Honda HR-V Sport | Honda

What are the best used Honda HR-V models to buy?

If you’re looking for a pre-owned Honda HR-V, then you’re in luck because you’ll be fine no matter which model year you pick. The Honda HR-V arrived in the market for the 2016 model year and, aside from the uncomfortable seating, it’s proven to be reliable and dependable ever since. Also, the trim levels and notable feature list hasn’t changed much since its initial debut, however, it did get a little more expensive for 2021.

A man loading a bike into a blue 2021 Honda HR-V with the trunk open.
2021 Honda HR-V | Honda

Slightly elevated price aside, you get a lot for your money with the Honda HR-V. Despite its compact size, the HR-V is surprisingly spacious and it even has handy storage solutions in the form of a “Magic Seat,” in which the rear seat bottom folds up to reveal a clever vertical storage option.

The HR-V also comes with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features as standard equipment and every trim comes with the same 141-hp, 1.8-liter engine that’s fuel-efficient (28 city/34 highway) and potent enough for the daily drive.

2020 Honda HR-V Touring interior
2020 Honda HR-V Touring interior | Honda

The 2022 Honda HR-V also shows a lot of promise

If you would rather wait for a newer version of the Honda HR-V, then you could be in for a treat. According to Car and Driver, the 2022 Honda HR-V shows a lot of promise in the looks department as the automaker should be gearing up to make it as appealing, if not more so, than its competition and it could have more power as well.

However, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Honda went the hybrid route with the forthcoming HR-V as that could be more in line with the fuel-efficient future that almost every automaker is going toward.


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