- Most significant changes: No major changes for 2018
- Price change: LX models and EX models are $105 more, and EX-L models climb by $100. The destination charge for all models is unchanged at $940.
- On sale: Mid-August
- Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? 2017, if you can negotiate a significant price discount compared with 2018s. If not, 2018 models will have higher resale value.
Honda joined the growing ranks of subcompact crossovers when it introduced the HR-V for 2016. Since then, it has become one of the more popular small SUVs, trailing only the Jeep Renegade in sales among key competitors.
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Other than new wheel designs for 2018 on EX and EX-L models, Honda has made no changes to the HR-V for the second year in a row; price increases also are negligible.
Like the Fit subcompact hatchback it is based on, the five-seat HR-V offers ample passenger space for its size and comes with a versatile second-row seat that folds to create up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space (depending on model).
A manual transmission is standard on LX and EX models, but most buyers will choose the continuously variable automatic. With the CVT, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivers modest power and decent fuel economy for a small SUV. Also like the Fit, it is more agile and fun to drive than some in the class.
Prices also start in the $21,000 range (including the destination charge) and top out at a little over $27,000, so this is a good place to look if you're a budget-conscious shopper hoping to get out the door in a new SUV for less than $30,000.
One drawback is that Honda does not yet offer active safety features such as forward collision warning and automatic braking.