Does Honda HR-V 2018 Better Than Rivals?


SUVs have conquered the market. There are plenty of SUV variations, almost like standard car types in previous years – you could choose compact, mid-sized, 5 or 7 seaters, full-size with frame body, etc. These cars are way more popular than ordinary cars, despite being more expensive.

Almost all manufacturers today have compact SUV on their lineup. Those who don’t have, try to add it in the nearest future. As for compact SUVs, the most popular today are HR-V by Honda, Kia Soul, and Mazda CX-3. 2018 model year could bring changes to all of it. What’s new in 2018 Honda HR-V, in particular?

Changes in 2018


1. 2018 Honda HR-V Changes
2. Efficiency and Power
3. Interior
4. Exterior of 2018 HR-V
5. Trim Levels and Price

Honda HR-V is based on a compact Fit hatchback, the current generation has debuted only recently – in the late part of 2016. 2018 model year HR-V has only slight changes in trim level configurations – new blue metallic paint and the ability to pick black alloy rims in higher trims.
Since there are no changes in the engine bay or in equipment list, you may purchase 2017 model year car with a sufficient discount.

The 2018 model year car is already available for sale.

Efficiency and power

You cannot name HR-V a quick and powerful car, hence there is no need of it. Nevertheless, the other side of being not sporty is a spectacular fuel efficiency – and that’s the case with 2018 Honda HR-V. Thanks to 141 HP 1.8L four-cylinder engine with clever design, mated with continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox, the combined MPG rating of front-wheel drive model is very nice 31 MPG. That’s more than any of competitors. However, AWD model is not that efficient, sharing 29 MPG combined with CX-3 by Mazda.

If you like active driving, you could pick front-wheel drive model with 6-speed manual gearbox installed. Acceleration time with CVT is 8.6 seconds, which is quite accetable in city driving. If you want a real power though, it’s better to pick 201HP turbocharged Soul – it goes to sixty in just 6.5 seconds, which is the level of more powerful and big sedans, or sportscars of 1990s.

2018 Honda HR-V Interior

The interior of Honda’s compact crossover is one of the best in class – high-quality and durable materials, high visibility and a proper second row – not roomy, but adequate to the car size. The headroom for the front passengers are enough, rear seats has a legroom best in class, though lack of headroom due to roof design.

The design layout is a bit controversial if you want to use HR-V for long trips: there are 7 cupholders, however no lumbar support even for the first row passengers – it’s pretty strange and not comfortable. Furthermore, you won’t see any premium features in HR-V even in higher trims.

Speaking of cargo capacity, the HR-V 2018 is far better than any of competitors, making 24 cu ft of luggage. Specially designed ‘Magic Seat’ folding seats makes a cargo bay completely flat which is awesome in terms of practicality.


The 2018 Honda HR-V is the biggest SUV in a compact class, however, it doesn’t look and feel like a big car at all. The dimensions are optimal, it is easy to park and have enough ground clearance to overcome various obstacles.

The overall design remains a variety of Honda cars, like Fit and even Crosstour, however, has very little resemblance with bigger CR-V and Pilot. The rear end has spectacular roof slope, with the rear doors hidden door handles, making the HR-V look more like a sporty coupe. It’s dissonance with relatively slow 1.8 engine, but undoubtedly has a certain impact on sales.

2018 Honda HR-V Trim Levels and Price

You couldn’t say that there are lots of configurations available for HR-V; actually, you could pick only one of three trim levels, called LX, EX and EX-L Navi. Adding CVT option for two first trims and AWD makes 10 variations.

Standard LX trim has all-power accessories, 17-inch rims and 60/40 split rear seats, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column. As for infotainment, there will be simple 5-inch screen multimedia with AUX and 4 speakers, though with Bluetooth connectivity. It starts with $19,570 MSRP.

EX bring auto headlights, power sunroof, fog lights, keyless entry, heated side mirrors with turn light indicators, climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, lane departure warning, heated front seats. Multimedia is more advanced: 6 speakers, Bluetooth streaming, 7-inch display. You can get a car with those options from $21,620

EX-L Navigation speak for itself – it has a bulit-in navigation system with voice commands and an indication of traffic, along with HD satellite radio. In terms of comfort features, it has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dimmed rearview mirror, leather seats. This brings the car price tag to $25,040 MSRP without additional options.
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