Review and Test Drive: 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L

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The 1.8-liter four cylinder, while it won’t break any speed records, was acceptable in most driving conditions although lackluster in passing. In our week with the car, it delivered an average 31 mpg (7.6 l/100), which happens to be the EPA’s combined rating. The CVT outperforms the standard transmission in the fuel-economy department but it’s nonetheless one of the rare SUVs, or is it a crossover, that offers a manual option.

One thing is surprising: despite being a new model, driver-assistance technologies such as forward-collision warning and blind-spot detection are not offered, even as options. The Honda LaneWatch side-camera system is, however, standard on EX and EX-L trim levels but it doesn’t quite compensate for the safety and security that lane-departure warning systems afford.

BOTTOM LINE

The 2017 Honda HR-V has much going for it: a spacious cabin, nicely finished interior, comfortable ride, and ample cargo space, the latter assisted by Honda’s rear Magic Seat, which allows for multiple configurations. I was surprised by how much I liked it after one week: you might be too.

THE DETAILS

2017 Honda HR-V EX-L
Base price/price-as-tested $21,565/$26,240
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 1.8-liter inline 4
Horsepower/Torque 141 / 129
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 3,109
Wheelbase (inches) 102.8
Length x width x height (inches) 169.1 x 69.8 x 63.2
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 9.5
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 27/31

 

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