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. For those people, Honda offers the HR-V crossover, a subcompact sport utility that contains all the right stuff for practical and affordable transportation.
The HR-V provides all-wheel drive for inclement weather, and based on the subcompact Fit, it promises great fuel economy. Flexible seating and cargo versatility add practicality.
By the numbers, the HR-V delivers mixed results. Its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) returned 29 mpg overall in our tests -- better than some compact sedans. And that's with the added weight of the all-wheel-drive system.