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2018 Honda HR-V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Honda HR-V was new.


Interior: 7.7

Most auto reviewers think the 2018 Honda HR-V has a well-built cabin with some quality materials that add a touch of class to the interior. However, a few critics feel that materials quality is poor and lacking compared to some Honda vehicles. The front seat cushions are a bit stiff, but the back seat has more legroom than most vehicles this size, and the cargo space is exceptionally flexible.

  • "Although the interior looks nice, some of the trim pieces and the functionality of a few controls aren't up to Honda's usual high standards." -- Edmunds
  • "Honda's 2018 HR-V features quality materials and an upscale layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Beyond that eye candy, the rest of the interior is pretty spartan. Other than the cloth-covered door panels, the rest of the door and dashboard panels are all rock-hard to the touch. Trunk-liner-like carpet and a molded headliner both are pretty low-rent stuff. On the plus side, everything is well-assembled." -- Consumer Reports (2017)


The HR-V comes with room for five people and standard cloth upholstery. The 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat earns its name by offering several ways to collapse out of the way for loading cargo. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available.

Firm cushions and few seat adjustments hinder comfort in the front seat; several automotive journalists advise against spending too much time on these seats to prevent backaches. The rear seat is a better story. This zone has a generous amount of legroom for the class, with enough space to accommodate long-legged travelers on brief outings.

For child safety seats, there are two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors. The HR-V's LATCH hardware, which can be tricky to locate and use, gets a Moderate score (the equivalent of a C grade) for its ease of use.

  • "Space for rear passengers is excellent. Average-size adults can actually fit back there, which can't be said for a lot of subcompact crossovers. But the front seats lack legroom and adjustment range for tall folks." -- Edmunds
  • "The choppy ride and loud cabin make even the shortest drives a fatiguing affair. And keep a chiropractor on call: The seats are devoid of lumbar support. If you have a long commute, the HR-V is not your ride." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "Where the HR-V truly excels is its packaging - perhaps its single greatest strength, according to one Honda executive. There's a ton of space for rear occupants. With 39.3 inches of rear legroom, the back seats offer more knee space than the CR-V. Plus the HR-V has the Fit's Magic Seats, which means the rear bench folds, lifts, tumbles, and splits." -- Autoblog (2016)

Interior Features

The HR-V comes standard with a 5-inch color display for the infotainment system, a USB port, four-speakers, Bluetooth, and a multi-angle rearview camera. Navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch screen, a second USB port, Pandora compatibility, a text message function, a six-speaker sound system, a proximity key, push-button start, and Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system are available.

Test drivers who sampled both the base and the upgraded infotainment systems typically preferred the base version, in part because its physical controls are easier to use than the touch screen's. The HR-V also comes up short when it comes to active safety features: A multi-view rearview camera is standard, but a blind spot monitoring system is the only other available technology.

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  • "The touchscreen user interface looks nice even with its low-rent nav graphics. It's frustrating to use, though, because of the imprecise virtual buttons and a confounding menu structure. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would help some, but alas, the HR-V is not one of the Hondas with this technology." -- Edmunds
  • "Base LX models have easy-to-use audio and climate systems with traditional buttons and knobs, while EX and EX-L models have touch-based systems. The latter systems look sophisticated, but their touch controls can be frustrating, especially when you have to take your eyes off the road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "How difficult the controls are to use depends on which trim line you purchase. Base LX trims have very easy-to-use controls, with big knobs for the climate controls, volume and tuning knobs for the radio, and buttons for common audio functions including presets. It's a long reach to those radio controls, but otherwise it doesn't get much simpler." -- Consumer Reports (2017)


Behind the back seat, the HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of cargo room (23.2 cubic feet in all-wheel drive-models). It comes standard with a second-row Magic Seat, which is capable of folding flat or flipping up in a variety of configurations. This makes the HR-V more versatile than most when it comes to hauling bulky items. Total cargo capacity is as high as 58.8 cubic feet in front-wheel-drive models and 57.6 cubic feet in all-wheel-drive versions.

  • "Just like the Honda Fit, the HR-V employs one of Honda's clever innovations called the Magic Seat. You can lift and flip up the rear-seat bottoms to create a cargo area from the floor to ceiling, which is perfect for transporting taller items like a flat-screen TV or a bicycle. With all the seats in place, the space is surprisingly suitable for average-size adults, too." -- Edmunds
  • "With nearly 60 cubic feet inside, the 2018 Honda HR-V is one of the roomiest and most accommodating subcompact SUVs on the market. The Magic Seat rear-seat cushions flip up to create more cargo space behind the front seats, while the flat-folding front-passenger seat creates a longer cargo floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of the best feats of magic about the HR-V is the impressive amount of stuff it can stow. It is easily up for any Costco run. The HR-V's low floor and flexible rear seats offer several ways of maximizing cargo space. Fold the seats down for a surprisingly capacious cargo area. Flip the rear-seat cushion up, and you can stash two bikes inside-standing up." -- Consumer Reports (2017)

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