2015 will be the year of the Crossover for Honda. The CR-V is the best selling compact crossover. The next generation Pilot is due out this summer. And an all-new HR-V, sub-compact crossover based on the Honda Fit platform will debut this Spring.
The HR-V looks to create a new segment for minimalists looking for an entry-level crossover without any compromise and here are the main points you need to know.
WHAT IS IT?
- Inexpensive, 5-passenger, compact crossover
- Available in Front or All-Wheel Drive
WHO IS IT FOR?
- Young families looking for utility, but not a ton of room
- Older couples on a budget who want a crossover that’s reliable, cheap to buy and inexpensive to own
HOW MUCH IS IT?
- Starting price is just under $20,000
- Fully-loaded it’s around $25,000
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?
- It’s a Honda so it’s reliable and will have great resale value
- It’s priced right and gets good fuel economy
- Magic seats make it the most versatile vehicle in the segment
WHAT’S BAD ABOUT IT?
- Infotainment controls are a bit quirky. Not very user-friendly
- It’s not fast. The engine is adequate, but don’t try going uphill with a full load
- It’s not the most engaging vehicle and those who really want to drive, would be better served with a Mazda CX3
COMPETITORS & RECOMMENDATIONS?
- Mazda CX3, Chevy Trax, Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke
The HR-V is an easy recommendation to make to friends & family looking for a compact crossover. However, I’d buy the Mazda CX3. Honda makes cars for the masses while Mazda makes cars for the purists. The masses will always buy more cars, but the purists will have a better time driving them.