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2021 Honda HR-V Interior Review

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Interior: 7.0

The 2021 Honda HR-V has a classy and well-built cabin, a tremendous amount of cargo space, and a reasonably sized cabin for a small crossover. There aren’t many standard features though, and it can take some time to master the available touch-screen infotainment system.

  • "Interior quality is excellent, and the design is more attractive than what we’ve come to expect from uber-practical Honda." -- Autotrader
  • "Its classy, well-made interior may not set hearts racing, but the HR-V's cabin appears durable enough to stand the test of time." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior doesn't change all that much, and it's still a pleasant place to hang out. The Sport trim adds a black headliner and contrasting stitching on the cushy cloth seats, and I like the way both additions mix with the HR-V's interior design." -- CNET (2019)

Cargo

Cargo space varies with drivetrain. HR-Vs with front-wheel drive have 24.3 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and a total of 58.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. Adding all-wheel drive reduces those figures to 23.2 and 57.6 cubic feet. Those are great figures for a subcompact SUV. The crown jewel of this vehicle's cargo capacity is Honda’s rear Magic Seat, which can be folded in a number of ways to accommodate long or tall items, such as a surfboard or a floor lamp.

  • "Its 'Magic Seat' lives up to its name in regards to cargo space and versatility. Nothing in the segment comes close to it." -- Autotrader
  • "The HR-V's party trick is its second-row Magic Seat. When released, the rear seatbacks fold flat. Combined with the low load floor, it makes packing the cargo hold a cinch. The bottom cushion of the rear seat can also be flipped up, providing an even deeper well between the front and rear seatbacks for taller items. With the rear seats stowed, we managed to fit 22 of our carry-on suitcases inside—more than some larger crossovers can manage." -- Car and Driver
  • "With its Magic Seat flip-up rear seat, the HR-V can hold taller items, like a potted plant or lamp, that need to stand upright. In fact, with nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo volume, the H-RV is one of the most accommodating subcompacts you can buy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Seating

Cloth upholstery is standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Space is reasonably good in this Honda. Most adults can sit up front with little issue, and there's plenty of legroom in the back too. However, headroom in the rear gets tight because of the sloping roofline. The driver’s seat draws mixed reviews for finding a comfortable driving position.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a tether anchor and can borrow lower anchors from either outboard seat.

  • "Back seat room is also quite good, with the HR-V being one of the only vehicles in the segment with enough space to hold a rear-facing child seat without moving the front seats forward to an uncomfortable degree. Unfortunately, the driver seat doesn’t slide far back enough and is mounted at an uncomfortable angle — even those of average height have complained they couldn’t find a comfortable seating position. The 8-way driver seat improves ergonomics, but it’s restricted to the priciest trim level." -- Autotrader
  • "Its classy well-made interior may not set hearts racing, but outward visibility is good and passenger space is acceptable. Most luxurious features are limited to the top-spec Touring model. The spacious front seats will provide enough head- and legroom for all but the tallest passengers. The rear seat has tons of legroom, too, but headroom isn't as generous, thanks to the Honda's sloping roofline." -- Car and Driver
  • "Up front, outward visibility is good, and the driving position is comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Like many small SUVs, the base HR-V is relatively sparse, coming with a 5-inch infotainment display, a four-speaker sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. Available equipment includes a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, another USB port, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, push-button start, remote start, proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, and a moonroof.

The HR-V's controls are a bit of a mixed bag, depending on which trim you get. Lower trims have physical knobs and buttons for climate and audio functions that are user-friendly, though without the benefit of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Upper trims have more advanced features, including a touch screen and smartphone connectivity. However, just about all audio functions are handled through the touch screen, and the climate controls are operated through haptic-feedback buttons, all of which can be hard to use while driving.

Several driver assistance features are available too, such as forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a road departure mitigation system, front and rear parking sensors, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.

See 2021 Honda HR-V specs »

  • "Another noteworthy addition added in 2019 is the volume knob that replaces the previous much-maligned touch-sensitive control. That’s good, but the touchscreen’s menu structure and lack of physical menu controls still frustrate. The HR-V still doesn’t have Honda’s greatly improved touchscreens found in the CR-V, Insight or Accord." -- Autotrader
  • "Though plain looking, we don’t mind the physical climate dials in the LX and S trims. In the EX and higher, the HR-V has touch-sensitive climate controls that look sleek but can be cumbersome to use. Learning from past mistakes, Honda has put a physical volume knob in the HR-V vs. its former touch-sensitive system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All of the HR-V's central controls are easily within the driver's reach, and the steering wheel controls feel substantial and high-quality. But the lack of physical infotainment and climate control buttons and knobs is a huge minus. … 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." -- Edmunds (2019)
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