Honda HR-V is a very solid CVT

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Pic 9 2016-honda-hrv-interior-cabin
By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor

The final vehicle in the recent round of rerun reviews is the
Honda HR-V. The HR-V launched just a little more than a year ago and
we recently spent time behind the wheel of the 2017 EX-L AWD model
with Navi that featured the only thing new for this year – Lunar
Silver Metallic paint job.  HR-V arrives at the entry end of the Honda crossover lineup.
After driving this new little urban runabout last year I
predicted they would be in short supply and might even give the
uber-popular CR-V a run for its money. I was wrong about this. The
vehicle is selling very well, is a hit with consumers and the media,
but it has yet to dig into CR-V sales, which were up yet again for all
of 2016.
Honda bills its HR-V as having sport coupe-like styling and SUV
versatility. I don’t really agree with either declaration but the cute
little ute is stylish and very handy. It will seat four adults in
comfort (with room for up to five) and there is decent cargo space
behind the rear seat.
The HR-V is powered by the smallish 1.8-liter i-VTEC
four-cylinder engine that generates 141hp and 127 lb. ft. of torque
through the CVT gearbox. Honda does still offer a six-speed manual on
LX and EX models with 2WD but for AWD and EX-L it is the CVT.
If you know me, I really don’t care for CVTs, and this one from
Honda is no exception – just too much vibration and noise above 2,500
rpm for my tastes, especially when seeing (and driving) what is
offered by the competition.
The vehicle is safe, solid, and quiet (when the engine is not
winding up in the CVT on acceleration) and it handles quite well. It
is very maneuverable and a great choice for urban drivers. We did get
the opportunity to test the AWD capabilities during our week behind
the wheel as Mother Nature dropped some frozen precip our way and the
HR-V handled it perfectly.
Pricing for the 2017 Honda HR-V begins at just under 20 grand
with our EX-L w/Navi AWD tester arriving with a sticker of $26,240.
Fuel economy for the AWD model with CVT is rated at 27 mpg city
and 31 mpg highway.


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