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2016 Honda HR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Honda HR-V was new.


Interior: 7.9

The 2016 Honda HR-V's interior features a variety of materials including some soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics, which most auto writers find to be appropriate for the HR-V's price. According to reviewers, seats are comfortable for all. They add that the rear row has good room for adults, which is uncommon for a subcompact SUV. The 2016 HR-V has a good amount of standard features for the class, reviewers say. However, they complain that the touch-sensitive dashboard controls used to adjust audio and climate settings are difficult to use. The HR-V has excellent cargo space for a subcompact SUV, and reviewers appreciate the convenient storage features that add flexibility.

  • "Overall, the HR-V interior looks sharp. The asymmetrical dash looks modern, and most of the touchpoints are soft." -- Motor Trend
  • "Soft-touch plastics and nice stitching surround the HR-V's button-free console. It looks sleek and futuristic, but the modern appearance is not worth its inconveniences." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Interior materials match the price point. The dashboard is hard plastic save for a padded swatch across the face, and there's very thin padding on the door tops and armrests. Two-tone color schemes are offered, which help brighten the otherwise dark cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The HR-V's cabin is very nice in EX-L form, and some of the materials are richer than what's in Honda's larger and more expensive CR-V SUV. I was particularly impressed with the padded surfaces on the center console and doors - areas where hard plastic is more common in competitors." -- Cars.com
  • "That reserved charm carries on in the interior. Like the exterior, the cabin is a safe kind of stylish." -- Autoblog


The 2016 Honda HR-V has seats for five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Auto writers say the HR-V's seats are comfortable in both rows. They note that its back seats have plenty of head- and legroom, making them some of the most spacious rear seats in the class. Reviewers praise the 2016 HR-V for its excellent visibility in all directions, which they say is due to its combination of narrow roof pillars, elevated seating position and low beltline.

  • "Sitting in the backseat further reveals the HR-V's packaging prowess. While other subcompact SUVs, like the Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, have tight backseats, and the Renegade's and Trax's rear-seat comfort is merely decent, the HR-V's second row is extremely comfortable. There's generous legroom, a comfortable seating position with a reclining backrest, decent headroom and good views out the side window. It's roomy enough to rival the rear seats of some compact SUVs." -- Cars.com
  • "The HR-V is nearly as adept at carrying humans as stuff, comfortably seating two adults in back despite the slightly tapered body shape." -- Car and Driver
  • "Given its size on the outside, the HR-V is surprisingly spacious on the inside. There's more than enough legroom and headroom for larger drivers, and visibility is excellent. The seats are average when it comes to feel and support, but the range of adjustability makes them suitable for a wide range of occupant sizes." -- Edmunds
  • "More likeable is visibility. Front roof pillars are thin and the side pillars 'thinnish,' with only the rears blocking a lot of the view out. The standard rearview camera helps with the last, and it gets bonus points for having normal, wide (180-degree), and top-down settings, at least in the higher-line models we drove." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driver-oriented dash also creates a sportier, cockpit-like atmosphere that avoids the CR-V's open layout that makes it feel like a minivan. Visibility is still uncompromised, with a clear view out front and rear thanks to a relatively low beltline and large windows." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Standard features in the all-new 2016 HR-V include a rearview camera, a USB port, a 5-inch LCD display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Options include a 7-inch touch screen, automatic climate control, a power moonroof, navigation, satellite radio, push-button start and blind spot monitoring, as well as Honda’s LaneWatch system, which uses a camera on the passenger side mirror to display the vehicle’s blind spot on the dashboard display.

Test drivers are impressed with the HR-V's ample standard features. In all but the base model, the HR-V uses touch-sensitive controls to adjust audio and climate settings instead of physical buttons. While reviewers like the modern, sleek look of the HR-V's button-free dashboard, they agree that adjusting controls is distracting and complicated. Critics say adjusting audio volume is best done via the steering wheel-mounted controls, as the touch-sensitive volume slider lags and is hard to use.

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  • "Seemingly simple tasks, like changing the volume or adjusting the temperature, are overcomplicated and distracting. We would gravitate toward the base LX model, which does away with the trying touch-sensitive controls altogether." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Honda evidently thinks it will earn its style points with its two touch-screen interfaces, one for the climate control and a second for the audio/navigation system. They do look modern in an iPad kind of a way, but functionally they're a disaster. … As in the Fit, the Display Audio system has no physical buttons, not even knobs for tuning or volume. Everything works through the touch screen (there are, blessedly, volume adjustments on the steering wheel with this system). It's the same with the HVAC controls, where even turning the fan up or down requires taking your eyes off the road to stab at the screen." -- Car and Driver
  • "Instead of more traditional radio and climate control system controls, the HR-V uses touchpads. They look slick, clean and futuristic, but they aren't very easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "I like how the screen recognizes smartphone-style pinch and stretch gestures for map zooming, but the touch-sensitive volume control isn't ideal. It's just not as easy to use as a traditional knob. The standard steering wheel audio controls, however, are intuitive." -- Cars.com
  • "There are enough luxury features to make owners feel like they got a high-end crossover at a low-end price." -- Motor Trend


The 2016 Honda HR-V base model has 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 58.8 cubic feet of room with them folded, which is more space than nearly every rival subcompact SUV offers. Reviewers praise the Honda HR-V for its convenient storage features, including a low load floor, a forward-folding front passenger seat and a rear seat bottom that can fold down or up to accommodate long or tall items.

  • "The best bits come from Honda's unsurpassed packaging know-how. The HR-V's center-mounted fuel tank layout affords a low, flat cargo floor, which helps make every square inch of the 58.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity usable." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Then there's the flexibility built into the rear seat. The bottoms can fold up against the back, leaving space to stand taller items like a large houseplant or table lamp behind the front seats. The seatbacks fold flat (literally flat), 60/40, with a fairly even edge to the cargo floor and a couple of tie-downs to keep things from sliding. The front passenger seat slides far enough forward that its back can recline down to the edge of the folded rear seat. That leaves uninterrupted length for narrower items like 2x4s from the tailgate all the way to the passenger foot well." -- AutoWeek
  • "Even when it's not showing off its gymnastic flexibility, the HR-V boasts the largest cargo hold among its peers, whether that's behind the rear seats or with that row folded. And the extremely low cargo floor facilitates easy loading, a boon for those who frequently haul heavy items." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cargo area is wide at the rear and includes a good amount of underfloor storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like the Honda Fit with which is shares a platform, the HR-V is easy to reconfigure from passenger to cargo mode. The second row 'Magic Seat' (Honda's term) folds away quickly and easily, creating a flat load floor to maximize the small ute's interior volume. This seat's lower cushions can also be folded up to create a wide, open area ahead of the cargo area if needed." -- Forbes

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