The Honda HR-V is among the most affordable new cars you can get. But more recently, this subcompact SUV has become a more popular used car option. As you do your shopping, you’ll see that the 2017 HR-V is one of the most highly rated model years.
Driving the 2017 Honda HR-V
Overall, the HR-V has proved to be reliable. The 2017 model year specifically stands out because it earned a perfect predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports. As CR highlights, the HR-V is Honda’s only small SUV, which the industry calls a “cute-ute.” This cute-ute shines for its secure handling and fuel economy. However, one of the HR-V’s main drawbacks is its slow acceleration.
The HR-V features one engine, and that’s a 141-hp four-cylinder. Standard models will have a six-speed manual; others will have the available continuously variable automatic. While the HR-V feels underpowered at higher speeds, critics say that both transmission options pair well with the engine. That said, alternatives to the HR-V to consider are the Subaru Crosstrek or the Mazda CX-3 if you want a more dynamic driving experience.
Even though CR reviewers don’t feel like the HR-V offers any driving enjoyment, it still increases driver’s confidence. CR said this Honda did well in its avoidance maneuver test even though it’s not the smoothest car. On a brighter note, the HR-V returned 29 mpg overall in CR’s road test, which is excellent for the class.
In addition to its superior fuel efficiency, the HR-Vs spacious cabin makes it one of the more practical small SUVs out there. The HR-V has seating for five and also features a Magic Seat as the Honda Fit does. Road testers at U.S. News favor the HR-V for its fully reclinable front-passenger seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. This Honda also gets bonus points for its versatile cargo space.
“Where the HR-V truly excels is its packaging – perhaps its single greatest strength, according to one Honda executive. There’s a ton of space for rear occupants. With 39.3 inches of rear legroom, the back seats offer more knee space than the CR-V. Plus the HR-V has the Fit’s Magic Seats, which means the rear bench folds, lifts, tumbles, and splits.”Autoblog 2016
The 2017 HR-V came with cloth upholstery. Some models will have leather and heated seats. It also came with a few in-car electronics including a 5-inch display screen and Bluetooth, and a multi-angle rearview camera.
Upgraded HR-Vs will have a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and HondaLink, which is a smartphone integration system. One thing to note is that critics found the touchscreen to be frustrating. However, U.S. News says the steering wheel controls make operating the touchscreen easier.
Even though it’s not perfect, the HR-V presents good value. According to CR, the average retail price for a 2017 HR-V falls between $16,225 – $19,550. U.S. News also considers this model as one of the most affordable cars from 2017.