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There’s only one subcompact SUV that earns an excellent, or five-star, reliability rating from Repair Pal. The site rates reliability based on the frequency and severity of repairs. It rates SUVs, cars and trucks on a scale of one to five stars. The Honda HR-V isn’t perfect, but it is the only subcompact SUV to score a perfect five stars from the site.

How reliable is the Honda HR-V?

2023 Honda HR-V Sport on a city street
2023 Honda HR-V Sport | Honda

The Honda HR-V earns a five out of five score from Repair Pal. That ranks it first among the seven subcompact SUVs the site ranks. An HR-V owner should expect to take their HR-V to the mechanic .01 times a year, or once every 10 years. And, those repairs should not be very expensive, as only 5% of HR-Vs face severe mechanical problems.

Though Repair Pal estimates reliability based on mechanics’ reports, the Honda HR-V earns an average score at J.D. power for quality and reliability for the 2022 version. However, for 2023 the HR-V is all new and has not been rated yet.

Good Honda HR-V reliability also means inexpensive repairs

Repair Pal calculates reliability partly by factoring in the annual cost of repairs and maintenance. The HR-V costs $165 less than the average subcompact SUV. Repair Pal estimates that repairs for the HR-V should cost about $301 annually. That’s hundreds less than other SUVs.

The HR-V is all new for 2023

2023 Honda HR-V EXl
2023 Honda HR-V EX-L interior | Honda

The excellent reliability rating of the HR-V likely comes from the fact that Honda used the new Civic platform for the 2023 HR-V. The new Civic gets great reliability ratings, too, and allows the new HR-V a larger, nicer, interior with better overall packaging. For 2023, the HR-V is 11-inches longer than the 2022.

The 2023 Honda HR-V comes standard with Honda’s frugal, but not powerful, 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But, it’s not fast. It should see 26 mpg in the city an dup to 32 on the highway. While all-wheel drive is an option it does sap some of that efficiency.

The new 2023 Honda HR-V pricing starts at $23,650, which is a slight increase over the 2022 SUV. It comes in three versions, base LX, Sport, and EX-L. The base LX now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Honda Sensing tech. The Sport version starts at $25,650 and adds heated seats, blind-spot monitoring, and 18-inch wheels. The EX-L starts at $27,450 and adds a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate, and a larger 9.0-inch touch screen. A 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard, and all-wheel-drive is a $1,500 option on all trims.


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