|Engine Size:||1.8 L|
|Transmission:||Automatic or manual|
|Drivetrain:||Front Wheel or All Wheel|
The gorgeous 2017 HR-V is new for Honda but is drawing plenty of attention for it’s environmental impact - it was named the ‘2016 Green SUV of the Year’ by Green Car Journal. In the crossover class, the HR-V is a five-passenger subcompact crossover that is available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims; in size it falls between the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot.
The Honda HR-V was new for 2016, so for 2017 we don’t see a lot of changes. One addition is the stunning Luna Silver metallic paint option.
The styling design of the HR-V mixes angles and curves that invoke a sporty look that belies its budget-focus. Honda’s second-row, flat-folding Magic Seat offers a 60/40-split configuration that opens the cabin up, providing an extraordinary amount of cargo space in the subcompact class.
The 2017 HR-V interior cabin is well-trimmed, beautiful and thoughtful. The instrument panel is grouped together in a logical layout in a comfortable, easy to manipulate location, a sleek, touch-sensitive five-inch LCD screen and touch-sensitive black panel operates the ventilation system. The air vents are particularly unique on the passenger side, instead of two tiny vents on the left and right of the passenger they are now presented with a wide, bar-shaped vent that should force air over the whole body. This will be a godsend on a hot summer day! The front seat cushions are comfy and their leather covering is soft and well stitched.
Standard features for the base model LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a push-button electronic parking brake with automatic brake hold, the configurable 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 5-inch display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, streaming audio, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary/USB input.
Take a look at the EX trim and you’ll find a sporty sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a passenger-side blind-spot camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker sound system with an additional USB port, and HondaLink smartphone apps and integration.
At the top of the line, the EX-L Navi comes with roof rails, leather upholstery, a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic information, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite and HD radio. The EX and EX-L trims also have Honda LaneWatch standard which activates when the right turn signal is engaged, displaying an image of the area to the right of the vehicle.
The 2017 Honda HR-V is powered by an 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 141 hp producing 127 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). Manual transmission is only available on FWD options. You’ll find the HR-V’s outstanding fuel economy varies somewhat based on the HR-V trim level you choose.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2016 HR-V a 5-star overall rating, which carries forward into 2017. Standard safety features include antilock brakes with brake assist and hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, and tire-pressure monitoring and a multi-angle rear-view camera standard.