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.
At first blush, the HR-V appears to be a fully finished product, while other SUVs of this size come off as half-baked or built-to-price. The HR-V is based on the Honda Fit -- a practical, fuel-efficient hatchback that CR felt was a decent value for the money.