2020 Honda HR-V review

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Honda HR-V highlights

Customer rating


  • Roomy passenger space for its size
  • Impressive cargo-carrying options
  • Above-average fuel economy


  • Relatively slow acceleration
  • Lots of noise and vibration from the engine
  • The Touchscreen interface is a bit clunky

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 31 highway, 28 combined

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The 2020 Honda HR-V stays flexible

Subcompact crossovers offer the upright driving position of an SUV with the footprint of a small car, but their diminutive size means they sometimes give up a bit of practicality. The 2020 Honda HR-V uses clever folding seats to offer tons of storage options, including a fold-down front seat that lets you store very long items. There’s also tons of storage for small items up front. That makes the HR-V a top choice if you’re looking for maximum practicality in a small package.

The HR-V is available with all-wheel drive, making it a subcompact SUV you can use in winter. While it’s more fuel efficient than average for an extra-small SUV, the HR-V’s engine is both slow and loud. There’s a lot more noise and vibration when accelerating than in competitors. The touchscreen interface is also a bit behind the times for a 2020 model, with some small buttons and slow response times.

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What is new for the 2020 Honda HR-V?

  • Tow Hitch and Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.

2020 Honda HR-V trims

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  • 141-hp, 127-lb-ft of torque 1.8L
  • Power Mirrors
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Traction Control


  • Includes all features available on the LX
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto


  • Includes all features available on the Sport
  • Smart Key
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Sunroofs
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Satellite Radio Ready


  • Includes all features available on the EX
  • Leather Seats


  • Includes all features available on the EX-L
  • Power Seats
  • Navigation System

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Honda HR-V

What We Like

Passenger room: The HR-V’s small outside, but roomier than you’d think on the inside. There’s room for adults in both the front and back row, and the driver’s seat offers enough adjustability that most people should be able to find a fit.

Cargo space: Extra-small crossovers don’t always offer tons of cargo space, but the HR-V has one of the biggest trunks in the class. Where it really shines is its flexibility: the rear- and front-passenger seat can be folded down to open up a massive storage space that will fit both large and long items.

Fuel economy: The HR-V doesn’t offer the best fuel economy in the class, but its EPA ratings are above average. That’s especially impressive given that it also offers AWD and has above-average people- and cargo-hauling performance.

What Needs Improvement

The engine: The HR-V may offer above-average fuel economy, but even under moderate acceleration the engine generates a lot of noise and vibration. At freeway speeds, it makes an audible drone.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Honda HR-V an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda HR-V 1st out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Honda HR-V features and specs

LX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.2"/R 39.3"

Head room

F 39.5"/R 38.3"

Front tires


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