The 2017 Honda HR-V is a Cute-ute

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. 

Interior elements 

A full view of the 2017 Honda HR-V's interior.
2017 Honda HR-V | Honda

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.”

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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.


A Honda HR-V is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien, as part of Vienna Holiday Fair
The Honda HR-V | Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

Avoid The Toyota C-HR For The Honda HR-V Instead

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.