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Getting your first car is a big deal. Often your budget is constrained. You quickly realize that $22,000 doesn't go very far when shopping new and consider how low your expectations need to go. And then you start to debate whether a reliable used car might not make more sense. For those on this new vs.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
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Getting your first car is a big deal. Often your budget is constrained. You quickly realize that $22,000 doesn't go very far when shopping new and consider how low your expectations need to go. And then you start to debate whether a reliable used car might not make more sense. For those on this new vs. used fence, Honda offers the HR-V crossover, a subcompact sport utility (affectionately called a cute-ute in the industry) that contains all the right stuff for practical and affordable transportation.

The HR-V provides all-wheel drive for inclement weather, and its four-cylinder engine promises great fuel economy. Flexible seating and cargo spaces tidily carry family, gear, or both.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (141 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Honda HR-V owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Window loose in frame causing rattle"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise in dashboard. Took five trips to Honda to diagnose and repair. Noise has returned again."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"have not source of squeak yet."

James K., WI (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear strut was making a rattling noise. It was replaced under warranty. The other one is now starting to rattle. Apparently it was a problem with the design. I was told it was not a safety issue."

Anonymous, IA (2017 Honda HR-V 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Road Noise and Wind Noise"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"We had ALOT of rain and the brake pads went. O'Reillys (wear I bought new pads) put them on for $40! I tipped the guy $20."

Anonymous, (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed brake pads and rotors at ~15000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Honda HR-V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Had rust buildup"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped and dealer would not replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brake pads required replacement after about 80000 Kms. I had never seen pads last so long. No complaints"

Anonymous, NL (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"The rear shock wore out and started to make noise before 30,000 miles. My Honda dealer replaced the shocks at no cost. The same problem occurred again before 60,000 miles. Honda replaced these as well at their expense."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise in rear of car."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Honda HR-V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger rear shock leaking."

James K., WI (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear struts were making noise. Honda replaced the struts at no charge to me."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"black plastic molding around passenger and driver's side front doors peeled away"

Denise C., CA (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Tree sap caused etching of the paint. Our other cars that have had the same sap drip on them were not effected in the same way."

Anonymous, (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Surface rust spots over most of the body."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Honda HR-V LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission went out. Then Midlands Honda said it definitely was the transmission sensor. It went out 18 miles later. Then they wanted $7000 for a new transmission. I went on eBay found a donor car and bought a used transmission (20,000 miles) and had it shipped to an independent mechanic ($750 total cost) and US 378 Honda programmed the transmission for $64. Midlands Honda are the biggest crooks I've ever seen. AMX billed back the sensor cost. Assholes. Crooks."

Anonymous, (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I get regular maintence and all of a sudden the transamission failed. Honda did not know why, but they got me a new transmission. I did not have to fight them, but they took care of the problem a nd were very nice about it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Honda HR-V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"The interior courtesy light will not come on when the driver's side door is opened; very inconvenient. Also, only the driver's side door unlocks when the car is shut off."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"System worked at first, now it will not start remotely."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"driver side automatic power window doesn't go all the way up when activate to go up"

Elmer B., IL (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor design of front windscreen resulted in crack (around the top middle, near stem of rear view mirror). Search on web it seems many others have had this issue. Had to have windscreen replaced"

Brett F., NY (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"We bought used w/ 17000 miles from CarMax. When we got home we noticed fuel leak. CarMax either fixed it or sent us to Honda to fix under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Honda HR-V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"I have taken my car to two different dealers and the problem still is not fixed. The screen will freeze and then reboot all by itself usually when I drive it at least once per day."

Keny M., SC (2017 Honda HR-V EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Since owning the car we have had to bring it to the dealer four times in three years, including year 1, when the dash lights warned to STOP driving vehicle immediately. Each time the service people said it was the GASCAP not sealing properly, and that there was no problem! The last time they made us BUY a new gas cap, and of course, a month later it happened again! Very unsafe, should we ignore the warning, and keep driving or is this a real problem now? Being told to BUY a gas cap when its been a problem since the beginning is just terrible customer service."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Honda HR-V EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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