2020 Honda HR-V
Subcompact crossovers have become wildly popular because a good portion of the driving public wants a practical vehicle that’s not too bulky – one that’s easy to handle and not a challenge to park. Honda’s five-passenger HR-V nicely meets all of these requirements along with a few bonuses. First, it looks great. Second – and actually more importantly – it has a well-designed interior that makes the most of its space using Honda’s practical Magic Seat. That second row is configurable in multiple different ways, letting you fit items that you never thought possible in a vehicle of this size. The 2020 HR-V really hits the sweet spot for those who want something larger than a hatchback yet still more manageable (in size as well as price) than the typical crossover.
Trims and Powertrain
The ’20 HR-V is available in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. They all get the same powertrain: a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower) mated to a continuously variable transmission. On the first four trims, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Touring trim, on the other hand, get AWD as a standard feature.
Comfort and Convenience
The base LX includes power exterior mirrors, a rearview camera, remote entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and the 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat. The Sport adds larger wheels, fog lights, roof rails, steering wheel paddle shifters, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The EX gets automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, heated front seats, and automatic climate control, but it loses the Sport’s styling and leather wrappings. The EX-L, on the other hand, gets leather on the steering wheel, shifter, and seats, and the Touring trim gets loaded up with trim-specific wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
All HR-V trims except for the base LX incorporate a slate of driver-assist features through Honda Sensing. This includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. The EX and remaining trims also get Honda’s LaneWatch passenger blind-spot camera system.
Standard tech accommodations with the LX include a 5-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free capabilities, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system. The Sport trim upgrades the infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, an extra USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX and EX-L get satellite and HD radio, and the Touring receives integrated navigation with voice recognition.
**2019 model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).