The 2022 Honda HR-V is currently the smallest vehicle in the Honda lineup, but its novel Magic Seat second row folds flat to create a huge area that can accommodate large items that bigger crossovers might struggle to fit. Sadly, the HR-V’s anemic four-cylinder engine and flaccid chassis will do nothing to inject fun into your commute. If you want sporty handling or turbocharged power to accompany your mini-SUV, consider the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Seltos, or Mazda CX-30.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Slow, noisy, and unrefined, the 2022 Honda HR-V‘s four-cylinder engine won’t satisfy your inner street racer, and the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) exacerbates the engine’s incivility. With front-wheel drive, the HR-V managed a rather sluggish 8.6-second 60-mph time. Adding all-wheel drive slowed it even further, to 9.5 seconds.

The HR-V retains the sprightly and eager handling of the Fit hatchback on which it’s based, but don’t push it too hard. Choppiness when driving over rough roads and body roll in cornering could be resolved with better suspension damping, but when cruising on a level road or highway, the HR-V settles into a more even ride.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2022 Honda HR-V proves itself to be mighty efficient on an EPA chart; however, it underdelivered in our real-world testing. The all-wheel-drive model we tested back in 2016 managed 30 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. For more information about the HR-V’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.2022 honda hr v interior

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Its classy well-made interior may not set hearts racing, but outward visibility is good and passenger space is acceptable. The snazziest features are limited to the top-spec Touring model. The spacious front seats will provide enough head- and legroom for all but the tallest passengers.

The rear seat has tons of legroom, too, but headroom isn’t as generous, thanks to the Honda’s sloping roofline. The HR-V’s party trick is its second-row Magic Seat. When released, the rear seatbacks fold flat. Combined with the low load floor, it makes packing the cargo hold a cinch.

But the bottom cushion of the rear seat can also be flipped up, providing an even deeper well between the front and rear seatbacks for taller items that you can store crossways in the car behind the front seats. With the rear seats stowed, we managed to fit 22 of our carry-on suitcases inside—more than some larger crossovers can manage.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The littlest Honda crossover offers a variety of driver-assistance technology, but nothing is standard. For more information about the HR-V’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

As with the rest of the vehicle, the HR-V’s warranty coverage is entirely ordinary. Only Kia and Hyundai offer more coverage.

Full Specifications

2019 Honda HR-V Touring AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$29,585 (base price: $29,585)

ENGINE TYPE
SOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement
110 cu in, 1799 cc
Power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque
127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

TRANSMISSION
continuously variable automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/torsion beam
Brakes (F/R): 11.5-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy MXV4, 215/55R-17 94V M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 102.8 in
Length: 170.9 in
Width: 70.5 in
Height: 96 in
Cargo volume: 23 cu ft
Curb weight: 3169 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 10.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 33.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 10.3 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.8 sec @ 81 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 28 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 30 mpg
Highway range: 390 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 28/26/31 mpg

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