Trucks & SUVs

The Honda HR-V Isn’t Aging Well

It really seems like today’s crossover SUVs  are either a total hit, or a complete miss. One lackluster example in today’s market is the 2020 Honda HR-V. The second-generation HR-V was introduced back in 2015 with lots of fan-fare. Now in 2020, the HR-V is practically a complete snore.

What’s up with the 2020 HR-V?


So, the HR-V isn’t a terrible crossover, but it’s not aging well either. The HR-V’s 141-hp, four-cylinder engine feels largely underpowered. In addition to its sluggish powertrain, the HR-V’s engine is also unnecessarily loud. Not many features come standard on this crossover either which is a sign it’s falling behind the competition. 

A 5-inch display screen and Bluetooth connectivity come standard and that’s about as exciting as it gets infotainment-wise. For more tech, you would have to upgrade to a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android. This isn’t impressive since these offerings come standard on many vehicles today.  The HR-V doesn’t come with advanced safety features either unless you count its basic rearview camera.

Furthermore, the HR-V isn’t the most comfortable ride either. According to Consumer Reports data, owner satisfaction is pretty low because of this. CR members also have complained that it’s especially hard for kids to get in the HR-V’s rear-seats because of its funky passenger doors.

The best thing about the HR-V is probably it’s high fuel economy rating. CR also gives it a good reliability score too. Fortunately, there are plenty of more attractive options in the crossover class.

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a good alternative 

CR specifically recommends the Subaru Crosstrek over the HR-V, and we really like the Crosstrek too. The Crosstrek isn’t super quick, but it does offer a smooth ride quality, plus it can be equipped for the occasional off-roading trip too. This crossover option is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a 152-hp. The Crosstrek also has a noteworthy fuel economy rating with a combined 29 mpg. 

On the inside, the Crosstrek offers a spacious, high-quality cabin. The Crosstrek also comes with a good infotainment system that includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. You can also equip your Crosstrek with Subaru EyeSight advanced safety technology features. These advanced features include lane keep assist with sway warning and pre-collision braking. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-3 is a good option too

A Mazda CX-3 on display at an auto show
2020 Mazda CX-3 | Robert Hradil/Getty Images

For a surprisingly lively driving experience, you will also want to strongly consider the CX-3. The CX-3 is an example of how Mazda has changed the game by offering luxury-focused features at a bargained price. This subcompact accelerates well and is also fuel-efficient. The CX-3’s handling is especially engaging and can maneuver bumps in the road with ease. 

The inside is where the CX-3 really shines. It comes standard with cloth upholstery that is attractive and comfortable. There are also nice interior finishes throughout the cabin.

Like the Crosstrek, the CX-3 also comes with a modern infotainment system. And more notably, the CX-3 comes with a long list of advanced safety features. These include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection.