2020 Honda HR-V

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2020 MODEL
$20,820 - $28,890
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2020 Honda HR-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020

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The 2020 Honda HR-V hops the awkward part of the SUV equation. It’s a lively, saucy little crossover with available all-wheel drive and a rear seat that flips and folds to please owners like a Pomski begging for treats. Although its four-cylinder powertrain is the inverse of quick and its ride can be severe on uneven surfaces, the HR-V delivers outstanding fuel economy and is easy to manage in traffic. Its interior has restrained styling but the reliable build quality and a handful of beneficial amenities. Although the 2020 HR-V isn't as ostentatious or fun to drive as options such as the Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona, it offers unique practicality and versatility.

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Pros

Expansive cargo room

Great fuel economy

Spacious second-row legroom

Cons

Weak, unrefined power train

Few standard features

Some confusing infotainment menus

What's New?

There are no major changes for 2020 Honda HR-V


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20820

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

141 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

127 lbs.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

1-speed cvt

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.5/11.5

dimensions

wheelbase

102.8 in.

length

170.4 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

63.2 in.

curb weight

2906 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2959 lbs.

payload capacity

1095 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/29 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.



Styles

2020 Honda HR-V in Aegean Blue Metallic color 2020 Honda HR-V in Milano Red color 2020 Honda HR-V in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2020 Honda HR-V in Crystal Black Pearl color 2020 Honda HR-V in Platinum White Pearl color 2020 Honda HR-V in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2020 Honda HR-V in Crystal Black Pearl color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Honda HR-V LX

LX

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$20,820 - $22,320


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,820 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,320 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda HR-V Sport

Sport

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,520 - $24,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,520 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,020 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda HR-V EX

EX

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$23,970 - $25,470


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,970 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT front wheel drive 5
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,470 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda HR-V EX-L

EX-L

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,570 - $27,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,570 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT front wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,070 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda HR-V Touring

Touring

power
141 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$28,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.8L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $28,890 MSRP (27/29/31) 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.8 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed CVT all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Honda HRV is one the best offerings in the subcompact SUV segment, primarily due to its perfect middle-ground approach. It is the best jack-of-all-trades, while also being the master of interior space, especially in the rear seats. The performance might not be the best, but for a starting price of $20,520, you can't really complain, can you?

At a starting price of 20 grand, it isn’t too hard on your bank balance too. So, should you go out and splurge money on this little Honda? The competition is fierce in this segment, as every manufacturer wants a piece of the “commuter segment” pie. Does the HRV retain value in the face of competition? Let's move ahead and find out.

2020 Honda HR-V SUV Front View
2020 Honda HR-V SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2020 Honda HR-V Features

8.0/10

The Honda HR-V lets you choose from as many as five variants, prices for which begin at just a little under $21,000. All variants are very well rounded and offer exceptional value for money. While the base LX variants offer features like a multi-angle rearview camera and 5-inch non-touch LCD screens, opting for the top-tier Touring variant will equip your HR-V with power-adjustable seats and a bigger 7-inch touchscreen.

Regardless of the chosen variant, all HR-Vs get a 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine that comes mated to a continuously variable transmission also standard across the range. The 1.8-litre engine and CVT work together to send power to either the front wheels or all the wheels of this subcompact crossover.

Model LX Sport EX EX-L Touring
MSRP (CVT) $20,820 $22,520 $23,970 $25,570 $28,890
Key Features 141-hp, 16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC Engine Features from the LX trim as standard and additional features Features from the Sport trim as standard and additional features Features from the EX Trim as standard and additional features Features from the EX-L trim as standard and additional features
  Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System 7-Inch Display Audio Touch-Screen Standard Honda Sensing Safety Suite and Leather-Trimmed Seats Standard Real-Time AWD with Intelligent Control System
  5-Inch Color LCD Screen with Apple CarPlay and Honda LaneWatch Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  USB Audio Interface and Bluetooth Audio Streaming Android Auto 17-inch Unique Silver-Painted Alloy Wheels Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror Driver's Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment
  17-Inch Silver-Painted Alloy Wheels Sport-Exclusive 18-Inch Alloy Wheels HondaLink Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock 180-Watt Audio System with 6 Speakers and Chrome Speaker Rings HomeLink Remote System
  60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat Sport Mode with Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters and Sport Pedals (Exclusive to Sport Trim) One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature   Body-Colored Underbody Spoilers
  Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines Body-Colored Rear Roofline Spoiler with Heated Front Seats and Push Button Start   LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off and LED Fog Lights
  Halogen Projector-Beam Headlights with LED Taillights Gloss-Black Underbody Spoilers and      
    Roof Rails      
    Fog Lights      

We recommend:

We would suggest you go with the EX variant because you get more creature comforts at a little price hike.

2020 Honda HR-V Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Honda HR-V derives power from a 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine with Honda’s i-VTEC feature. This engine puts out 141 hp and 127 lb.-ft. torque, which might not seem like a lot but the i-VTEC helps with a punchier performance at higher revs.

2020 Honda HR-V SUV has 2-speed CVT w/OD Transmission 

Power from the engine can be manipulated to the front wheels of this Honda as standard, while an all-wheel-drive unit is optional across the range. Helping the engine in effortlessly channelling power to the wheels is a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Models

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP

$20,820

$21,295

$23,240

$22,145

Engine

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Horizontal-4

Transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD

2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual

2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed manual w/OD

Horsepower

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

141 hp @ 6,000 rpm

152 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

127 lb. ft. @ 4,300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3,900 rpm

147 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

While most other subcompact SUVs make do with a 2.0-litre inline-four, the HR-V gets a smaller 1.8-litre engine. Though at 152 hp the 2.0-litre inline-four of the Subaru Crosstrek is the most powerful.

How fast is the Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is no V8 powered SUV. In fact, it is powered by a humble 1.8-litre engine dynamic enough to make this subcompact capable enough of offering immense practicality but not so much performance. However, the HR-V is no slug.

Yes, the CVT favours efficiency over extravagance, and yes the HR-V takes a while to pick up speed but it surely does, eventually. Moving past the 4000 rpm engages the i-VTEC after which the HR-V starts to feel adequately lively. Though the CVT unit is noisy and tends to get annoying over longer commutes.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

0-60 MPH

9.3 sec

11.0 sec

9.9 sec

9.0 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

18.4 sec

17.5 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

1.8L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L H-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

5.9

6.0

6.3

7.1

Despite having the smallest engine that also makes the least power and torque, the Honda HR-V is the quickest to the 60 mph mark. A lot of it results from the fact that the HR-V is the lightest subcompact SUV in this lineup.

What about the braking performance of the Honda HR-V?

The braking seems very competent when contrasted with the other rivals. The HR-V has good braking and inspires confidence in you.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

Brake front

(in.)

11.5

11.8

11.7

11.6

Brake Rear

(in.)

11.1

11.1

11.5

10.8

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2906

3300

3261

3117

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

N/A

115

N/A

What about its driving dynamics?

The Honda HR-V is based on the Fit hatchback so it carries over driving dynamics that are very similar to it. While the lightly weighted steering wheel and standard suspension make the HR-V remain compliant over most roads, its smaller size means manoeuvring it in city traffic is relatively easy but don’t expect it to soak up harsh bumps.

2020 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The HR-V lacks some engine power but it is great for urban commuters who seek above-average fuel economy. The all-wheel-drive variant has a slightly lesser fuel economy.

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

MPG (city)

28

27

25

22

MPG (highway)

34

31

32

29

MPG (combined)

30

29

28

25

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

13.2

13.2

14.5

16.6

Range (city/highway) (miles)

370/449

356/409

363/464

365/481

2020 Honda HR-V Interior

9.0/10

The jewel of the whole deal is the level of comfort you get inside. It is very copious and has got more legroom than any other car in this segment. You will be amazed by looking at a different type of shapes and sizes that can fit inside a Honda HR-V. The headroom in the rear may get affected because of the sloping roofline.

2020 Honda HR-V SUV Seating Layout

Model

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/56.8/41.2

38.1/49.0/43.5

39.6/56.6/42.8

39.8/56.7/43.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.3/55.7/33.4

38.0/55.6/36.5

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2020 Honda HR-V Exterior

8.0/10

  HR-V’s exterior styling will remind you of the Honda Fit as both of these cars share the same platform. HR-V gets sloping roofline and curved side contours that enhances the sporty look of the crossover. On the other hand, the EX and EX-L Navi trims feature tilting and sliding sunroof over the front seat. The practical add-ons offered by Honda include a rooftop bike carrier and roof-rack crossbars.

2020 Honda HR-V SUV Three Quarter View

Neither too much, nor too less, the dimensions are just typical of the segment to which the 2020  Honda HR-V SUV belongs. The ride boasts a total curb weight of 2888 lbs. It is, therefore, heavier than the Subaru Crosstrek and the Nissan Rogue  but lighter than the Toyota CH-R.

Model HR-V LX Toyota CH-R Nissan Rogue Sport Subaru Crosstrek
Curb weight(lbs) 2888 3300 2805 2809
Length(in) 169.1 171.2 167.20 168.3
Width(in) 69.8 60.6 69.90 60
Height(in) 63.2 61.6 66.1 60.7
Ground clearance(in) N/A 5.9 6.2 6.2
Wheelbase(in) 102.8 103.9 100.6 101.2
Track width(in) F/R 60.4/60.6 60.6/60.6 60.6/60.6 60/59.9

Exterior Features 

This is apparent by the sweeping rear roof pillar as well as the embedded rear door handles. Main exterior features boasted by the 2020 Honda HR-V SUV include:

  • A backup camera
  • Arched roofline
  • Curved fenders
  • Power Moonroof [Optional]
  • Rear roof pillar with an upward sweep
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
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2020 Honda HR-V Safety

Even the most attentive of drivers can miss things. That's why Honda offers an array of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to assist and help protect you and your passengers. You get the following safety tech :

  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Rear-View Camera with Multiple Views

2020 Honda HR-V Competition

7.0/10

2020 Honda HR-V vs Chevrolet Trax

With an efficient powertrain together with spacious interior and large boot space, the HR-V is otherwise a tad similar to the Chevrolet Trax. But driving dynamics are better in the Japanese SUV and so are the features available in the base model. Priced similarly, the competition is stiff, however, due to Honda’s practicality, it sweeps the Chevy away.

2020 Chevrolet Trax

2020 Honda HR-V vs Toyota C-HR

Both these cars are offered by two of the biggest Japanese Auto giants, and both these cars are the finest in the segment. Toyota, however, has a very peculiar exterior design, one which is highly subjective. If you like the looks of the CHR, then you can go for it. The Honda would still be our pick though.

2020 Toyota C-HR

2020 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-3

Another Japanese car shootout, both these cars are neck to neck in all the significant criteria, such as price, power output, and even fuel efficiency. The Mazda is a better performer though, while the Honda has an unmatched amount of space in the cabin. While the CX3 is unmistakably fun, the HRV is too. Overall, the HR-V is a better all-rounder here.

Mazda CX-3

 

2020 Honda HR-V Final Verdict

8.0/10

Save for the performance, the CR-V aces all the necessary criteria for buyers of these cars. You can easily fit in 5 adults in relative comfort, and arguably better than you can in some premium sedans. It also has a better road presence than a sedan, along with better visibility as well. The final verdict is a no-brainer; go buy!

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