Review: 2018 Honda HR-V

Review: 2018 Honda HR-V

Richmond drivers looking for the perfect vehicle to suit the whole family without entering minivan territory may want to consider one of the best crossovers on the market, the 2018 Honda HR-V.

It’s at the top of its class for fuel economy and horsepower, and the interior is guaranteed to surprise you – in a good way. Get all the details below, then come to our convenient South Chesterfield location for a test drive.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 HR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. The HR-V LX comes standard with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, tilting and telescoping steering column, 12-volt power outlets, and fabric seating. The EX adds a power moonroof, Smart Entry, heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control, push-button start, and heated front seats. When you choose the EX-L Navi, you’ll enjoy roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-trimmed seating.

Honda has cleverly found a way to give its smaller models, including the Fit and HR-V, a rear Magic Seat. The unique feature lets you fold the rear seatback down to go into Utility Mode, giving you up to 57.9 cubic feet of storage space. You can also fold the seat bench up for Tall Mode, which lets you transport items or even pets up with nearly 4 feet of vertical space. If you need to carry long items like lumber, skis, or surfboards, you can enter Long Mode by folding both the rear seat and passenger seat flat.

Safety and Tech

Each model of the 2018 HR-V comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio. The EX model also features Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitor, SMS text message function, 7-inch Display Audio with a touchscreen, HondaLink, Pandora compatibility, and two USB ports. The highest trim includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic, as well as Sirius XM Radio.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 HR-V a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating in tests.+


All trims of the new HR-V are equipped with a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine that makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. The Honda crossover comes standard with front-wheel drive, but automatic models have the option for all-wheel drive.


Starting at $19,570 MSRP**

* 25 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6-speed manual transmission models. 28 city/34 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT models. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors

 ** MSRP excluding tax, license, registration and $975 destination charge and options.

+Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

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