2018 Honda HR-V: Honda Plus Subcompact SUV Equals Best Seller In Class

The subcompact SUV segment is not the largest (that honor goes to compact SUVs), but it is currently the fastest growing. Every volume manufacturer either has an entry or is readying one. Top players in this group include Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, Mini Countryman – and Honda HR-V. Buyers are abandoning compact cars in droves to buy these tiny SUVs that have the appearance of utility, but are still easy to maneuver and park in the city.

The 2018 Honda HR-V has staked out a leading position in this growth market. It has outsold all other subcompact SUVs for 2017, year to date. It offers a combination of non-boxy design with actual SUV utility, and seems to be answering the questions that buyers in this segment are asking.

What’s New For The 2018 Honda HR-V

For 2018, the Honda HR-V offers a new color on select trims: Aegean Blue Metallic. There is also a sporty new wheel design on EX and higher trims.

An Amazing Amount Of Space Inside, All Of It Usable

The 2018 HR-V has been designed to make the most of all the space that’s available inside this small SUV. Its second-row Magic Seat offers multiple configurations to solve all your cargo transportation problems. In Utility Mode, with the rear seats folded flat, you get 58.8 cu. ft. of rectangular cargo space, plenty for moving. In Long Mode, with the passenger-side front and rear seats folded, you can carry cargo up to 8 feet long. In Tall Mode, you simply fold the rear seat bottoms up to get almost four feet of vertical cargo space. It is a brilliant design!

A Peppy Yet Economical Engine

The 2018 Honda HR-V is powered by a responsive 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are available. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic, and are dependent on the specific model and drive system chosen.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2018 Honda HR-V is 25 to 28 MPG City and 31 to 34 MPG Highway, based on the transmission and drive system selected.

Three Trim Levels For the 2018 HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V is available in three different trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. Pricing for the 2018 starts at $19,570 for the LX with front-wheel drive and manual transmission, and tops out at $26,430 for the EX-L Navi with all-wheel drive and CVT.

Safety Equipment To Protect You

Standard safety and driver assistance features on the 2018 Honda HR-V include anti-lock brakes with brake assist and hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, electronic stability control system, a multi-angle rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and six airbags.

The 2018 Honda HR-V Gives You Lots Of Goodness In A Small Package

The 2018 HR-V has been carefully designed to give you the maximum amount of utility, flexibility, and capability. It may be small on the outside, but it has the space inside to swallow just about anything you’d need to carry in it.

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Stephen Fogel

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