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2016 Honda HR-V Review

The 2016 Honda HR-V is one of our top-rated subcompact SUVs thanks in part to its comfortable ride, spacious seats, and abundant cargo room.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo space
  • Roomy seats
  • Comfortable ride
  • Touchy audio and climate controls
  • Low safety score for the class

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Honda HR-V's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the Honda HR-V has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.7
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2016 Honda HR-V Overview

Is the 2016 Honda HR-V a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Honda HR-V is a good vehicle, and its terrific cargo space and roomy seats make it a great choice for families. In fact, we named the HR-V our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money and 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our 2016 Honda HR-V review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 21 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Honda HR-V?

Expect prices for a 2016 HR-V to start around $15,900 and reach as high as $23,200, based on the more than 580 listing for the vehicle on our site. The average list price is $19,500. The vehicle's location, condition, features, and mileage contribute to variations in the price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda HR-V Cost to Own?

When it comes to ownership expenses, the HR-V is one of the more affordable vehicles in our used subcompact SUV rankings. Over five years, you'll typically pay a little more than $22,200 for insurance, repairs, maintenance, and fuel. That's close to what you can expect to pay for a 2016 Chevrolet Trax or 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, but it's around $2,000 less than the estimated expenses of a 2016 Nissan Juke.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New HR-V?

With less than $200 separating the cost of a 2018 HR-V (its base MSRP is $19,670) and the average price of a 2016 HR-V, buying new may be a better option for you. Both the 2016 and 2018 models won our Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award. The 2018 model has a couple advantages, including an improved rating on its side crash test and a new-car warranty. Just be aware that the entry price for the new model may include less equipment than you'll get in a similarly priced used model.

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You may want to consider a few other new-vehicle alternatives to the 2016 HR-V, though some may be pricier. Hailed for being both safe and fun to drive, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has a similar base price to a 2018 HR-V. Hatchbacks typically cost less than an SUV, yet they still offer lots of space for people and things. The 2018 Honda Fit and 2018 Kia Soul are two affordable, appealing options from this segment, with MSRPs that start under $17,000.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda HR-V?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Honda HR-V a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average for a used vehicle.

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2016 Honda HR-V Recalls

Only one recall has been issued for the 2016 HR-V at the time of this writing. Some HR-Vs are missing a label that indicates how much air to put in the tires.

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Which Model Year of the Honda HR-V Is Best?

Honda introduced the HR-V for the 2016 model year. The 2018 model is part of the same generation. There have been no major changes since the HR-V's debut, and all models have similar scores, so you'll likely save some money – and get the same features – by purchasing a 2016 HR-V.

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Which Used Honda HR-V Is Right for Me?

The Honda HR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available in any trim. The LX trim doesn't offer much beyond the base features (which include a 5-inch display, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a USB port), but the EX offers a moonroof, a 7-inch touch screen, and Honda LaneWatch. The EX-L is the highest trim. It adds features that are unavailable in lower trims, like navigation.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the HR-V?

Though the 2016 Honda HR-V performs well in crash tests, it has one of the lower safety scores in the class. It earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the five tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the HR-V received three Good ratings (the highest score possible) and two Acceptable ratings (the second-highest score).

The HR-V's only standard driver assistance feature is a rearview camera. Available features include blind spot monitoring and Honda LaneWatch, which uses a camera on the passenger side mirror to show the blind spot on the dashboard display.

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2016 Honda HR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda HR-V or 2016 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is one of the most fun-to-drive subcompact SUVs. It gets great gas mileage for the class and has one of the nicest cabins among rivals. Its seats provide adequate support, but the HR-V has a roomier back seat. The CX-3 has more standard features and offers more driver assistance features than the HR-V, but the Honda has more cargo space. Both SUVs cost about the same on average. These two models are close in terms of quality, so choosing one boils down to whether you prefer more cargo and passenger space or a more enjoyable driving experience.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda HR-V or 2016 Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V was our 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families. It's a larger vehicle, so it has more cargo and passenger space than the HR-V. Their features lists are similar, but the CR-V has a few items that the HR-V doesn't, such as lane departure warning. The CR-V has a better safety score than the HR-V. It also gets similar gas mileage, despite having a more powerful engine. The CR-V costs roughly $2,800 more than its smaller cousin. If you can swing the price difference, the CR-V is the better choice.

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2016 HR-V Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda HR-V Drive?

The Honda HR-V features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 141 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. The engine is a bit noisy and can feel a little weak at times, but overall the HR-V has a comfortable ride and composed handling.

Does the 2016 Honda HR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

At 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V's fuel economy rating is a smidge higher than the class average.

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2016 HR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 HR-V Seat?

The Honda HR-V seats five and has a mixture of soft-touch materials and hard plastics in the cabin. Both rows of seats are comfortable, and the rear seats are more spacious than many class rivals'.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda HR-V?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, along with a third tether anchor in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the HR-V's LATCH system as Marginal – the second-worst rating – for ease of use.

2016 Honda HR-V Features

Standard features in the Honda HR-V include a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a 5-inch LCD display. Options include automatic climate control, a moonroof, navigation, and a 7-inch touch screen. In higher trims, touch-sensitive controls replace physical buttons and knobs for some features. This gives the dashboard a sleek, modern look, but it makes it more difficult to change settings.

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2016 Honda HR-V Dimensions

Honda HR-V Cargo Space

At nearly 59 cubic feet overall (and 24.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seats), the HR-V's cargo hold offers more space than almost every other subcompact SUV.

Honda HR-V Length and Weight

The HR-V weighs between 2,888 and 3,109 pounds (depending on trim) and is 14 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Honda HR-V Built?

Honda built the 2016 HR-V at its plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, alongside the Honda Fit.

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