Why Buy a 2018 Honda HR-V?
Critics hail the Honda HR-V as one of the best, if not the best, subcompact sport utility vehicle on the road. You'll like it if you want something the size of a four-door sedan but prefer a vehicle that sits higher, boasts a lot more cargo space than a trunk, and offers a more spacious second row than any car could. The HR-V also benefits from a low starting price as well as great fuel economy. If you're in the market for a looker, the Honda HR-V has attractive styling on a small scale. Some might even call it cute.
Is the Honda HR-V AWD?
Yes, the Honda HR-V comes with front-wheel drive standard but buyers can opt for all-wheel drive for a little more at closing. When weighing this decision, consider where you'll drive and in what kind of weather. All-wheel drive is great on gravel and dirt roads and can perform a little better in inclement weather, but AWD makes a car heavier so it hampers fuel economy and makes your vehicle a little less spry.
Can You Tow with a Honda HR-V?
The HR-V is too small for towing and Honda gives it a zero-pound towing capacity, not unusual for a subcompact SUV. If towing is a must, consider the HR-V's big sister, the CR-V. With a 1500-pound towing capacity, the CR-V can handle a small trailer. If that's not enough, the next option up is the Honda Pilot that can tow up to 5000 pounds, meaning it can tow a boat and trailer.
Are Hondas Reliable?
Honda has a strong, decades-long reputation for reliability. When it's not on the top of the rankings, it's almost always among the top three manufacturers. One reason Honda scores so well is the fact that even when Honda vehicles do break down, they are relatively cheap to fix. There's also some evidence that Hondas are better built, meaning repairs are rare to begin with.
The HR-V itself has a better than average J.D. Power and Associates score, which is an incredibly strong score relative to other vehicles in this class.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.