2021 Honda HR-V

MSRP $20,820 - $28,890

Ranked #2 in Subcompact Suv

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2021 Honda HR-V Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2020

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John Bedrow 

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Once you look around your town, you are sure to find that most new cars are either SUVs or a Crossover these days. Hence, like many of its competitors, Honda has been doing well with its smallest SUV, the HR-V. Being a practical, frugal, feature-loaded, and a competitively priced SUV, the HR-V has become a go-to SUV for many urban family buyers. Launched back in 1999 Honda looks all set to reveal its 2021 HR-V in the fall of 2020. The 2021 model is rumored to be based on the platform of the new Honda Fit but there are no official sources to confirm this.

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Large cargo capacity

Top-notch fuel economy

Agile handling and comfortable ride

Well-built cabin and clever use of space


Weak powertrain

Puzzling infotainment system

What's New?

The 2021 model is rumored to offer a hybrid model

It will offer some minor changes on the inside as well as outside

Honda might update its infotainment interface


vehicle bio

base price



dr SUV

passenger capacity



front wheel drive

engine type


122 cu.in.


158 hp @ 6500 rpm


138 lbs.-ft. @ 4200 rpm


1-speed cvt


brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13.3 in.



106.3 in.


177.3 in.


70.9 in.


54.9 in.

curb weight

2837 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.


passenger volume

91 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1095 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy


25/29/36 mpg

highway range

446.4 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 6 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos

2021 Honda HR-V Detailed Review videos
2021 Honda HR-V Exterior videos
2021 Honda HR-V Interior videos


LX$20,820 onwards

Sport$22,520 onwards

EX$23,970 onwards

EX-L$25,570 onwards

Touring$28,890 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Honda HR-V in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.




Final Verdict




Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The current HR-V is available to the customers in five different trim options which lie in the price range $20,500 to $30,000. It offers the driver a 141hp In-line 4 -cylinder engine which Honda uses in some of its other models as well. You also get an option of a 2WD setup as well as an AWD option. If you look at the MPG figures, all the trims provide in some or the other way a similar MPG figure, and hence going for the AWD models will not turn to be very heavy on your pocket. Honda HR-V’s biggest criticism has been about its engine which many might call underpowered as it cannot match its rivals in terms of the power and acceleration on offer. But as the HR-V is mostly focused on practicality, it offers a brilliant fuel economy and a spacious cabin and cargo area.

Its standard features include heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, sunroof, and many drivers assists which make it a feature-loaded SUV. However, its ride can often feel bumpy, and the quality of the interiors might be suitable enough for an average customer but not for those looking for a more upmarket experience. Most of the luxury features are limited to top trim while the lower trims get more utilitarian features. Cars like the Mazda CX-30, Toyota CHR, and Nissan Kicks are few competitors of the Honda HR-V which form quite a roadblock to its success. Hence if its time to see if the HR-V will be able to come to rule the sales chart with its 2021 model year.

2021 Honda HR-V Front View
2021 Honda HR-V Rear View


Final Verdict

2021 Honda HR-V Features

Honda is expected not to make any changes with the 2021 model’s trim line-up and hence you should see a return of all the trims. The current Honda HR-V comes in 5 trim options just like its previous model. All the trims are configured in a standard FWD and are available in AWD. Meanwhile, the top of the line Touring trim is the only trim that comes with AWD as standard. Heated front seats and Leather-trimmed seats are features that are offered standard with the EX, EX-L, and Touring trim. All trims are equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels while the Sport trim offers 18-inch alloy wheels. The Touring trim offers most of the features provided by the other four trims in addition to its numerous exclusive features. It also adds many luxury level materials and features and makes the Honda HR-V feel upmarket in comparison to its rivals.

Trim LX Sport EX EX-L Touring
MSRP $20,820  $22,520  $23,970  $25,570   
MSRP AWD $22,320  $24,020  $25,470  $27,070  $28,890 
Key Features 2nd Row Magic Seat Adds/ upgrades to LX Adds/ upgrades to Sport Adds/ upgrades to EX Adds/ upgrades to EX-L
  17-inch silver painted alloys Tire Pressure Monitoring System Honda Sensing Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies HD Radio. SiriusXM Satellite Radio 17-inch Machine-finished alloys with Gloss Shark Grey inserts
  160-Watt Audio System with 4 Speakers 18-inch Machine-finished alloys with Matte Black Inserts Moonroof Road Departure Mitigation System Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  5-Inch Color LCD Screen 180-watt Audio System with 4 speakers Honda LaneWatch Lane Keeping Assist System Drivers Seat with 8-way Power adjustment
  Cruise Control, Sliding Sun Visors Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HondaLink 180-Watt Audio System With 6 Speakers Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic guidelines HomeLink Remote System
  LED Daytime Running Lights Sports Pedals Forward Collision Warning   Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    Leather Wrapped Steering wheels and Shift knob Auto-High Beam Headlights   Programmable Power Door locks

*2020 data used for reference

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Honda HR-V

The pricing of the Honda HR-V is expected to not stray away from the current MSRP Range but can be expected to see a few dollars increase and be priced between $22,000 to $30,000. This will come true especially if the 2021 HR-V receives a boost in the engine power making it more equipped to compete with models in the same price range and segment.

Honda has not yet announced an official launch date but we can look forward to the 2021 Honda HR-V to make a global debut either in fall 2020, or it may push the release date further to the first quarter of 2021 as the company has delayed market production due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2021 Honda HR-V Engine and Performance

There is not much news available about any new engine being introduced by Honda for the 2021 HR-V model and hence it’s safe to assume that the 2021 model shall receive the same engine currently being used. However, there are rumors of a hybrid model coming very soon which might improve HR-V’s power output. Currently, there is no room for the customers to choose the engine they want under the hood. 

2021 Honda HR-V Engine Bay

The HR-V comes equipped with a standard 1.8L in-line 4-cylinder engine which is capable of 141hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, across all the trims. It feels underpowered and is not an engine capable of pulling a car of its size with ease. While in the city, you might not ask for more power under the tap but once on the highway the engine feels stressed, and overtaking will require some advanced planning. Hence in the 2021 model year, we can also see an upgrade to a Turbocharged 1.5L in-line four-cylinder engine as standard across all the trims or it may get the same petrol-electric powertrain as the Jazz.


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks







1.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Hev petrol-electric

2.5-liter four-cylinder engine

2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC








Continuously Variable Transmission

6-speed automatic

Continuously Variable Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

Power (hp @ rpm)


186 @ 6000

144 @ 6100

122 @ 6300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)


186 @ 4000

139 @ 3900

114 @ 4000

*2020 figures used for reference

If the 2021 Honda HR-V gets the turbocharged unit, expect the upgrade in the engine to provide 170hp of power and 140 lb-ft of torque. As compared to its competitors, it will be a pretty good engine in the price range. The engine of the Mazda CX-30 is most promising and shall remain so. On the other hand, the Nissan Kicks needs to up its game as it offers the weakest performance. 

How quick is the 2021 Honda HR-V?

For the lower trims of the 2021 Honda HR-V, we expect the performance on offer to remain the same due to no changes in its engine department. The 2020 Honda HR-V is capable of doing 0-60 mph in a sluggish 9.6 seconds; however, it manages to offer better acceleration than the Toyota CHR and Nissan Kicks. Keeping the acceleration in mind, Honda will not deviate much but the 2021 HR-V is expected to improve the timing. 

2021 Honda HR-V Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 9.6 sec


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

0-60 MPH





Quarter mile





Top Speed






1.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Hev petrol-electric

2.5-liter four-cylinder engine

2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC


*2020 figures used for reference

In comparison to its rivals, the Honda HR-V benefits from its lighter weight but none of the cars are meant to drive with the pedal to the metal style. The 2020 HR-V has a timing of 9.6 seconds which fares pretty good as compared to other contenders. We can expect to see an even better timing in the 2021 Honda HR-V. The Mazda CX-30 provides the best acceleration with 0-60 mph timing of 8.1 sec and also feels the best behind the wheels.

How well does the 2021 Honda HR-V brake?

If the 2021 HR-V gets the new engine we expect it to receive bigger rotors as well. Currently, the HR-V is equipped with 4-Wheel Disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system. The front rotor has a diameter of 11.5 inches while the rear rotor is 11.1 inches. The ABS feels a bit intrusive and engages even if it detects slight slippage. However, the brake pedal provides excellent feedback and also feels progressive. It also has a driveline traction control system, automatic braking system, and Collision Mitigation Braking System. If the turbocharged engine is not introduced with the 2021 model year it may carry over the braking system of the 2020 model. 

2021 Honda HR-V Brake


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

Brake Front (in)





Brake Rear (in)





Curb Weight (lbs)





60-0 MPH (ft.)





*2020 figures used for reference

The brake rotor size on the Honda HR-V is the average size available in the segment but has a really good braking distance of 121ft which is just 2 feet more than the Mazda CX-30 and the Toyota CHR. The Mazda CX-30 has well-calibrated brakes and does a good job of stopping the 3353lbs vehicle. The 2021 HR-V can do better on upgrading the braking system but it easily manages to do better than the Nissan Kicks.

How well does the 2021 Honda HR-V Handle?

A major drawback of the 2020 HR-V has always been its ride, however, we do not expect Honda to make any changes to its suspension setup for the 2021 model year. The current HR-V offers a choppy ride on rough roads and is not a preferred vehicle if the main purpose is to use it as an off-roading vehicle. The suspension behavior of the HR-V can get a little annoying for a lot of customers. The suspension does not manage to iron out the undulations of the road and hence you feel the bumps, potholes on an uneven road inside the cabin. 

2021 Honda HR-V Handling

Its stiffer suspension setup helps in terms of its handling if not the ride. For casual users, it will feel agile as it offers a well-balanced, and sporty handling characteristics. It is easy to maneuver it through tight spots and crowded city traffic with little body roll around turns. It has a turning diameter of 37.4-inches which is good for a car in its segment. On the highway, the steering gains good heft and the car feels surefooted even at high speeds. Overall, the 2020 HR-V offers a comfortable ride, except on rough roads where you manage to feel every bump.

2021 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy

The current generation of the HR-V strikes a good balance between performance and fuel efficiency, given its engine size. An upgrade of the fuel-efficient engine of the HR-V can bring down the MPG figures for the 2021 model year. The current year MPG figures are 28/34/30 (city/highway/combined) with the RWD configuration and 26/31/28 with the AWD configuration. The 2021 Honda HR-V is speculated to have a negligible difference in the MPG figures if the same engine gets reintroduced. 


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)





Range (City/Highway, in Miles)

343.20 / 409.20

304.80/ 393.70

356.40 / 409.20

334.80 / 388.80

*2020 figures used for reference

The HR-V provides at par fuel economy as compared to its competitors. However, it proves a really good range as it offers the largest fuel tank alongside the Toyota CHR. On the other hand, it is the Nissan Kicks that promises the best MPG figures but has a poor range in cities as well as on highways. Its small little engine helps it exceed in this department but it totally loses out in terms of performance.

2021 Honda HR-V Interior

The 2021 Honda HR is expected to come to many new changes on the inside. The current build quality of its cabin feels solid as it offers a durable and well-built interior. However, do not expect a lot of soft-touch materials as most luxurious features are limited to the Touring trim. It is speculated that the 2021 model year would introduce new upholstery and a revamped dashboard design. For the current model, at first glance, the interiors may not capture your heart but provide convenience and versatility. Everything in the cabin is within reach and there are steering wheel-mounted controls and available paddle shifters. It has leather-trimmed seats and 2-nd row magic seats.

2021 Honda HR-V Front Seats

The visibility from inside the cabin is great and the seats provide good cushioning as well as support for undertaking long-distance journeys. In the lower trims, the cabin can feel a bit utilitarian due to the missing soft-touch materials. The front seats provide tons of headroom and legroom to tall passengers. However, the headroom for the rear seat passengers can be a hassle because of Honda’s sloping roofline. Overall, the HR-V has ample space for the passengers as it is a car built to accommodate. 


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





*2020 figures used for reference

2021 Honda HR-V Rear Seats

Honda really knows how to carve out space on the inside and hence the HR-V is quite commodious in comparison to its contenders. It provides one of the most comfortable rear passenger seating and offers the best legroom. The HR-V provides a lot of space and comfort to its passengers along with having a good trunk capacity and overall cargo space. If you are looking for the most premium cabin on offer then we suggest you opt for the Mazda which is also the more expensive option. The best parallel in terms of cabin is the Toyota CHR which offers the same cabin quality.

Interior features:

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Push Button Start
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Moonroof
  • 2nd-row mobile charger
  • Steering mounted audio controls

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Honda HR-V?

The base trim of the current Honda HR-V is ill-equipped and features a 5-inch infotainment display. In the other trims, a 7-inch touchscreen display is on offer along with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. Few features of the infotainment are confusing to use and the touch can seem unresponsive sometimes. However, Honda may improve these in the 2021 model and introduce an interesting infotainment system.

2021 Honda HR-V Infotainment System
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 7-inch touchscreen audio display
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System

How much cargo can the 2021 Honda HR-V carry?

The Honda HR-V has always excelled at providing good cargo capacity. The overall cargo capacity the current model offers is 58.83 cubic feet with seats down with the FWD version and 57.93 cubic feet with the AWD version. The HR-V comes with a standard 60/40 split-bench rear seat as the 2nd-row Magic feature. You can also fold the bottom cushions of the rear seats and create space behind the first row hence, making it an excellent long journey car.

2021 Honda HR-V Cargo


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)





Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)





*2020 figures used for reference

The HR-V is one of the most spacious subcompact crossover SUVs in terms of cargo capacity. It offers a sizable standard cargo capacity and an even generous maximum cargo capacity of 58.83 ft. Even though this space varies from trim to trim, the HR-V offers the biggest cargo capacity in its price range and segment. Other cars are nowhere near to the HR-V with respect to the overall cargo space on offer.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

The other storage options include a glove box, side-door pockets, one front seatback pocket, and a cubby hole in the center of the console. Being ergonomically well-sorted you fill find no problem in reaching these spaces.

2021 Honda HR-V Exterior

The HR-V carries looks of a mass appealing car, to say the least. The 2021 model might see a change in the length, width, and height of the car if it adopts the new platform. This in turn will give it an even more solid SUV look. Honda has subtly evolved the looks of the HR-V over years and many people will not be able to spot much of a difference with the previous-gen models. For the 2020 model year, its front and rear bumper were very lightly changed. Honda has done some chrome shedding and CR-V looks quite clean for a car of its segment. It gets sharp but simple lines all over its body which helps it give a sporty touch. From the sides, it looks the best but it is still not a car with some radical styling. It gets a strong character line that swoops up and merges into a rear hatch line giving it a coupe effect. Overall, the HR-V offers a non-polarizing look that looks good but has nothing more to talk about it.

2021 Honda HR-V Side View

Few exterior features include-

  • Honeycomb Grille
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Two-Speed Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Power Side Mirrors
  • Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
  • Fin-Type Roof-Mounted Antenna
  • Security System with Remote Entry
  • Body-Colored Rear Roofline Spoiler
  • LED Brake Lights
  • Roof Rails
  • Exhaust Finisher
  • Fog Lights


2021 Honda HR-V(Expected)

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Toyota CHR

2020 Nissan Kicks

Curb Weight (lbs)





Length (inches)





Width (inches)





Height (inches)





Ground Clearance (inches)





Wheelbase (inches)





*2020 figures used for reference

The HR-V offers the best ground clearance than the others and the 2021 model is expected to be a few inches bigger in size than its competitors.

2021 Honda HR-V Safety

The 2020 HR-V just like its outgoing model uses the ACE body structure to keep the passengers safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given an overall crash test rating of 5 stars for the 2020 model year. It was also named as the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIIHS). We expect the 2021 Honda HR-V to add some under skin safety features but nothing major.

Key safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Honda Lane Watch (Optional)
  • Automatic High Beam Headlights (Optional)
  • Forward Collision warning (Optional)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (Optional)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (Optional)

2021 Honda HR-V Competition


2021 Honda HR-V vs 2020 Mazda CX-30

The Honda HR-V offers an impeccable fuel economy and cargo space. It has best-in-class cargo space. However, the Mazda CX-30 has more standard features at the offer but also comes at a higher cost. The Mazda is definitely the better choice if you want performance rather than functionality.

2020 Mazda CX-30

The major difference is that the Mazda is more fun to drive, has better looks, and a much more powerful engine. Overall, the Honda HR-V is a much more reliable, versatile, and practical option but its the Mazda that puts a smile on your face behind the wheel.

2021 Honda HR-V vs 2020 Toyota CHR

The Toyota CHR has a better braking system than the Honda HR-V. It fares similarly in terms of fuel economy and the range. But lacks behind in terms of trunk capacity, seating capacity, and the engine on offer. Give or take, both cars offer excellent practicality. 

2020 Toyota CHR

The CHR has attractive looks on its side and is one of the best SUVs in its price range when it comes to space. Both cars have the best safety ratings and are quite reliable. Hence, it all bogs down to personal choice. 

2021 Honda HR-V vs 2020 Nissan Kicks

The HR-V is known for its fuel economy and huge cargo space but the Nissan Kicks offers an even better fuel economy. The Honda offers a better cruising range both on highways as well as in cities as it has a bigger fuel tank. The Kicks on the other hand is all about frugality. 

2020 Nissan Kicks

Both the vehicles are commodious. The Nissan Kicks offers more standard safety features but the HR-V is the Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. However, the Nissan Kicks is a better off-roading vehicle with its AWD set up. Hence making it a better car if you drive more on country roads.

2021 Honda HR-V Final Verdict


The 2021 Honda HR-V will be a good and practical buy if you are looking for a safe, reliable crossover SUV. If off-roading is your major purpose, then there are better options available in the same price range. The 2021 model can outdo others if Honda incorporates few improvements in its suspension and infotainment system. It also requires a bigger or more powerful engine which Honda might carry over from its siblings. Hence we would recommend you to wait for the 2021 Honda HR-V if you plan to buy one right now.