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2017 Honda HR-V Review

A roomy, high-quality interior and a large cargo area make the 2017 Honda HR-V appealing. However, its noisy, underpowered engine and frustrating available infotainment system contribute to its place in the bottom half of a competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo space
  • Roomy interior
  • High-quality cabin
  • Cumbersome available touch screen
  • Lackluster engine

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Honda HR-V's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the Honda HR-V has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Honda HR-V Overview

Is the 2017 Honda HR-V a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Honda HR-V is a good subcompact SUV. This crossover has one of the nicest interiors in the class, thanks to its high-quality materials, generous cargo space, and configurable rear Magic Seat. The HR-V was also the winner of our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award because it offered the best combination of available family-friendly features, acclaim from automotive reviewers, and space. Additionally, the HR-V was named our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award winner thanks to its combination of value and quality. However, some competitors have an easier-to-use infotainment system, more available safety tech, and stronger engines.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 24 Honda HR-V reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Honda HR-V?

Based on 353 listings for the 2017 Honda HR-V on our site, prices range from $18,000 to $25,200. The average list price of the HR-V is $21,900. How much you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda HR-V Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs with the 2017 Honda HR-V are projected to be about $22,440 – or $4,490 per year. In comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Mazda CX-3 are about $20,940 and $22,260, respectively.

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

There are no major changes for the 2018 Honda HR-V, which means the 2017 Honda HR-V is practically the same vehicle. As a result, we recommend opting for the cheaper 2017 HR-V.

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If you're searching for a comparable 2018 subcompact crossover, consider the 2018 Buick Encore. The Encore is just $1,000 more than the average price of a 2017 HR-V, and it features an upscale cabin, a larger amount of available safety technology, and a more user-friendly and refined infotainment system. Additionally, the Encore has an available turbocharged engine that delivers much quicker acceleration than the HR-V's lackluster engine.

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

The HR-V's first generation launched with the 2016 model year, and there are no major changes between it and the 2017 model. By going with a 2016 model, you'll get a similar SUV at likely a cheaper price.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda HR-V?

The 2017 Honda HR-V has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is an average rating among all vehicles.

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2017 Honda HR-V Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Honda HR-V.

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Which Used Honda HR-V Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Honda HR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. You may want to stick with the base LX trim. While its infotainment system doesn't come with as many features as the EX trim’s, the base system’s physical controls make it easier to use than the setups in the higher trim levels. Beyond its 5-inch color LCD display, the base trim also comes with a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, and a USB port. That said, the EX is still a good option – as long as you don't mind the finicky 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. You'll gain features like heated front seats, automatic climate control, a moonroof, a text message function, an extra USB port, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, and Honda LaneWatch (a passenger side blind spot monitoring display). The EX-L Navi trim adds navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Honda HR-V with the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front driver’s side test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the model four out of five stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test, making a five-star overall rating.

The 2017 Honda HR-V comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera. All trims except the base LX include Honda LaneWatch – a passenger side blind spot monitoring display. 

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2017 Honda HR-V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda HR-V or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V sits in the larger compact SUV class. It features an available turbocharged engine that gets better fuel economy and has more power than the HR-V. Additionally, the CR-V offers a lot more advanced safety features, like forward collision warning with automatic braking, a collision mitigation system, and a Driver Attention Monitor. If the HR-V's spacious cabin isn't big enough for you, you may like the CR-V’s even more expansive setup. And even though the CR-V is a larger vehicle, it has practically the same gas mileage estimates. The CR-V's average list price is $4,500 more than the HR-V’s, but it’s worth the extra money if it fits in your budget.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda HR-V or 2017 Mazda CX-3?

If your top priority is performance, you'll like the 2017 Mazda CX-3 more than the HR-V. Unlike the HR-V, its engine has strong acceleration from a standstill, and its sporty handling dynamics make tackling twists and turns fun. In addition, the CX-3 has more available advanced safety tech, better fuel economy numbers in its standard setup, and its standard infotainment system is much easier to operate. Overall, the CX-3 is the superior choice – just note that it doesn't have a lot of space. If a roomy cabin is one of your top priorities, you'll likely prefer the HR-V. 

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2017 HR-V Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda HR-V Drive?

An underpowered 141-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the HR-V. This engine makes a loud droning noise when it tries to pick up speed. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but most models are outfitted with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The CVT makes the most of the HR-V's power. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Honda HR-V Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the standard manual transmission, the 2017 Honda HR-V delivers 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway – an average rating in the class. With a CVT transmission, it offers an extra 3 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway. Both the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Mazda CX-3 come standard with an automatic transmission, and they deliver 26/32 mpg city/highway and 29/34 mpg city/highway, respectively.  

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2017 HR-V Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 HR-V Seat?

The 2017 HR-V seats five across two rows of cloth seats. There's plenty of space for adults in both rows, and the flat-folding second-row seats are comfortable and supportive. In contrast, the front seats aren't very supportive. Some models may come with leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda HR-V?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the 2017 Honda HR-V's rear outboard seats, plus an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest Marginal rating for ease of use. Some upper tethers are hard to find or can be confused with other hardware, and some lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats and require too much force to attach straps to.

2017 Honda HR-V Features

The 2017 Honda HR-V comes standard with Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, a 5-inch color LCD display, and a four-speaker audio system. Some models may feature a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, an extra USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a navigation system.

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2017 Honda HR-V Dimensions

Honda HR-V Cargo Space

The 2017 HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 58.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, which is more space than most rivals offer. Honda's rear Magic Seat, which provides great versatility by adjusting into four different configurations, is also standard.

2017 HR-V Length and Weight

The 2017 HR-V is roughly 14.1 feet long, and its curb weight ranges between 2,890 and 3,110 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Honda HR-V Built?

The 2017 Honda HR-V was built in Celaya, Mexico.

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