Based on the Fit subcompact, the HR-V gets a versatile, cargo-friendly rear seat that flips up or folds down flat and low.
Considerably smaller and less expensive than the CR-V, the HR-V is also louder and the ride is stiffer.
Handling is responsive and secure.
Power comes from a 141-hp four-cylinder driving either the front or all four wheels.
But the HR-V feels underpowered, an impression created by the CVT transmission amplifying engine noise during acceleration.
The Honda's trump card is its excellent 29 mpg overall, very flexible interior, and generous rear seat and cargo room.
Available premium features include heated leather seats, a sunroof, and keyless entry, and a rear-view camera is standard.
We prefer the LX trim over the EX for its simpler audio controls.