2021 Honda HR-V
In this age of the utility vehicle, compact crossovers are enjoying particularly high popularity. The Honda HR-V debuted in model year 2016 as a smaller alternative to the strong-selling CR-V, giving buyers a choice of two Hondas with ample lists of standard features, available all-wheel drive, and a reputation for longevity. The 2021 HR-V continues its first generation with some exterior updates that range from an assertive honeycomb-style grille to refreshed 18-inch wheels for the Sport trim.
The four trim levels of the 2021 HR-V – the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L – all get a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is its powertrain partner. The three highest trims are equipped with paddle shifters for an added dimension of driver control. While front-wheel drive is the default, buyers can add Real Time AWD. According to the EPA, FWD 2021 HR-Vs get 28 miles per gallon around town and 34 mpg on the highway. The AWD LX is rated for 27 city/31 highway, and the remaining AWD versions are rated for 26 city/31 highway.
Amenities by Trim Level
The well-equipped LX gets extra-bright LED brake lights, automatic high beams, a second row Magic Seat for easy accommodation of oversized or awkward cargo, a manually height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a rear roofline spoiler. The Sport adds roof rails, fog lights, trim-specific pedals, exterior elements in glossy black, paddle shifters, additional spoilers (underbody), an exhaust pipe finisher, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The EX drops the sport pedals, black elements, spoilers, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, but gets Honda’s Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock (so you can unlock the doors without removing the key fob from your purse or pocket; it also locks the doors automatically after you exit the vehicle and walk away), heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, automatic cabin temperature control, push-button ignition, and heated front seats. The EX-L goes back to the leather wrapping for the steering wheel and shift knob, while also adding an auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather seats.
Safety and Technology
The base trim is set up with Vehicle Stability Assist, traction control, daytime running lights (LED), and a backup camera with guidelines; the Sport gets the same equipment, but its backup camera is improved with dynamic guidelines that add driver confidence. The EX and EX-L get the Honda Sensing active safety technology package, consisting of adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and forward collision warning. They also receive a blind-spot monitor and automatic high beams.
The LX has ample technology to keep you connected and entertained, with a 5-inch touchscreen system that encompasses Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, and a sound system with four speakers. The Sport trim’s touchscreen is increased to 7 inches and its sound system gains 20 watts of power. This trim also adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SMS hands-free text messaging, and one more USB port. The EX and EX-L receive SiriusXM satellite radio and high-definition radio.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).