The world of compact SUVs is growing more than ever across the globe, and the US market is no exception. The renowned Japanese car manufacturer, Hondais known for making cars that are built to last, and the HR-V is a small SUV that definitely fits into that category.
The latest 2023 Honda HR-V is one of the most reliable and fuel-efficient crossovers you can get under $25K. However, older models are still considered great value in the used market.
Although the second-generation HR-V was introduced in 2013, it arrived on North American soils in 2015 as a 2016 model. Like any other nameplate, the HR-V has had its fair share of problems and headaches over the years.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most striking finishes and options available for second-generation HR-Vs.
Best options: The 2020 Honda HR-V Touring is packed with technical and safety features
During the second generation, Honda offered only one powertrain option for all trim levels and model years. Regardless of the equipment you choose, the 2020 Honda HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The numbers may be a little disappointing, but since the HR-V is a compact SUV, it has no problem showing adequate agility on the highway with below-average power.
The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which may not be as exciting as a manual transmission system, but it does an excellent job of fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the HR-V’s fuel economy figures are at 26 miles to the gallon in the city and 31 on the highway (28 MPG combined).
The top version of the HR-V 2020 is called ‘Touring’. Four-wheel drive, which is optional on the base trim, comes standard on the HR-V touring for a more responsive driving experience.
With the Touring edition, drivers can enjoy heated front bucket seats, leather interior trim and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Most cost-effective: Skip the 2016 model year to avoid widespread issues
Although 2016 Honda HR-Vs are priced lower on the market, we strongly recommend skipping them due to the numerous issues mentioned by the owners. According to the Car Complaints website, the 2016 model had the highest number of registered owner complaints of all available model years in the U.S.
Many owners have complained about dealing with lower back and hip pains after long trips due to extremely uncomfortable seats. In addition, several owners had problems with the HR-V’s electrical system. According to the reports, the issues include a faulty starter switch, faulty dashboard gauge clusters and engine failures while the vehicle is in motion.
The 2017 edition has significantly fewer owner complaints and may be a more reliable choice in the long run. According to Kelley Blue Book prices, you can find a 2017 HR-V LX on the used market for: about $16,800 to $19,500.
You have the same 141 horsepower 1.8L engine with the basic trim. However, since it comes with FWD as standard, you can expect better range than the AWD models. Based on official reviews, the front-wheel drive Honda HR-V runs 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles on the highway.
The 2017 LX model comes with a seven-inch infotainment display frame. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available for this edition.
Best Value: The HR-V EX 2018 is the pinnacle of cost efficiency and. practical
Last but not least, the 2018 Honda HR-V EX is an excellent option for those looking for an agile crossover with a plethora of options and features that won’t cost an arm and a leg. According to the KBB website, the 2018 HR-V EX is usually priced at around $20,600. However, it is not unlikely to find one on the used market under $20k.
While front-wheel drive is standard, we recommend going for an AWD model for a more responsive driving experience. With the EX trim, you have Honda LaneWatch assistance, heated front seats and a 160-watt six-speaker audio system. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also not available for this model.
According to several automotive sources, the Honda HR-V has no problem getting 150,000 to 200,000 miles on the odometer with the original engine and transmission. Based on estimates from the Repair Pal website, the annual maintenance cost of the 2018 Honda HR-V is around $300, significantly lower than the other vehicles in its class.