Crossover & Midsize

The 2021 Honda HR-V Got a Confusing Review From Consumer Reports

Honda makes a lot of great SUVs, and the 2021 Honda HR-V might be one of them. That being said, unlike its bigger sibling, the Honda CR-V, the HR-V doesn’t get as much praise. Here’s a look at the mixed review that car reviewers gave the 2021 Honda HR-V.

The good things about the 2021 Honda HR-V

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On the outside, Consumer Reports’ review of the HR-V seems like a positive one. Consumer Reports gave the HR-V an overall score of 71 out of 100, and in addition to that, Consumer Reports also recommended the subcompact SUV to its readers.

Furthermore, while a score of 71 out of 100 isn’t necessarily spectacular, Consumer Reports also ranked the HR-V as being the fifth-best SUV in its segment. 

Despite all of that though, Consumer Reports’ actual review of the HR-V doesn’t sound as positive. For example, when it comes to its pros and cons, Consumer Reports only gave the HR-V two or three pros and a lot more cons. 

In terms of its pros, the HR-V has, according to Consumer Reports, “roomy seating and plenty of cargo space,” and that made it a pretty practical SUV.

Further improving its practicality is the fact that Consumer Reports liked how fuel-efficient the HR-V was. For reference, the HR-V only has one engine option, and it gets an estiamted 20 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on highways, for a combined 29 MPG.

What’s bad about the 2021 Honda HR-V

That singular engine option, however, is one of the sore spots that Consumer Reports had with the HR-V. The only engine the HR-V can have is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT, and it only gets about 147-hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. This engine felt underpowered, according to Consumer Reports, but that’s not the only issue that the HR-V faces. 

The other main issue with the HR-V has to do with its interior. While the HR-V’s seats were roomy, Consumer Reports also said that they didn’t provide much support for the people sitting in them.

On top of that, the HR-V had a very stiff ride, and in fact, Consumer Reports remarked that its ride quality was “downright uncomfortable,” and “borderline harsh.”

Furthermore, Consumer Reports really didn’t enjoy how loud the HR-V’s interior was. Indeed, Consumer Reports thought that the HR-V was a very loud car, even when compared to other loud cars.

While the review had a long list of grievances against the HR-V, other reviewers felt the same way about the car.

Other critics had similar feelings

U.S. News’ review of the 2021 Honda HR-V was remarkably similar to Consumer Reports’ review in many ways, and indeed, both reviewers ranked the HR-V similarly.

U.S. News gave the HR-V an overall score of 7.4 out of 10, and this made it the seventh-best SUV in its segment. U.S. News also had similar complaints about the HR-V, as its engine is simply not that powerful for a car of its size.

And of course, U.S. News also liked the same things that Consumer Reports liked, and that’s probably why both reviewers got to a similar conclusion about the HR-V.

U.S. News really liked how practical the HR-V is, as its 58.8 cu. ft. of max cargo capacity is very good for the segment. It’s also a very fuel-efficient car, and as such, due to how practical the HR-V is, both Consumer Reports and U.S. News agree that it’s great for running errands. 

The HR-V is not for everyone though, and as Consumer Reports wrote, it’s not ideal for things like long commutes or offroading. But for families who need a reliable workhorse for chores, the HR-V isn’t a bad way to spend $21,000.