Sometimes changing one thing can change everything. That’s what Honda did when it put the fuel tank in the all-new 2016 HR-V subcompact SUV under the front seats instead of the more common location under the rear seats. The move has helped create one of the roomiest — and most configurable — interiors in the class.
Related: 2016 Honda HR-V Review
The HR-V isn’t a big vehicle — it’s about 10 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V compact SUV — but it lives like one with an extremely comfortable backseat. The seating position is great for adults, especially with its reclining backrest. There’s also generous rear legroom of 39.3 inches and decent headroom. Competitors like the Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport have 32.1 inches and 36.3 inches of rear legroom, respectively; the Jeep Renegade has 35.1 inches of rear legroom, and the Chevrolet Trax measures 35.7. The HR-V surpasses them all with passenger room that rivals some compact SUVs.