In the ever-expanding crossover utility vehicle category, the Honda HR-V is an all-new entry focused on ride comfort and functionality. During a one-week test drive, the HR-V’s fully independent MacPherson strut front suspension/torsion beam rear suspension firmly handles roadway blemishes with rear seat riders liking the generous head- and leg-room accommodations. The All Wheel Drive (AWD) HR-V’s cargo hauling space (57.6 cubic feet available with second row seats folded/23.2 cubic feet with second row seat upright) is comparable to a much larger utility vehicle. When transporting extra-long items, the front passenger seat can fold forward. From an exterior styling perspective, vertical rear door handles within the side window trim accentuate the compact crossover’s streamlined look.

HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder producing 141 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 127 pounds-feet of torque at 4300 rpm. Engine mates to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission. Nearly 30% of the 102.8-inch wheelbase vehicle’s body is made from ultra high strength steel. The technology offerings include a multi-angle rearview camera and Honda LaneWatch. The LaneWatch blind spot display is especially helpful when merging onto an exit ramp that has traffic entering the freeway via the same lane. HR-V is offered in three trims. The test driven HR-V EX with AWD and CVT carries a MSRP of $23,215 and collects estimated mpg of 27 city/32 highway.