- 2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

The Honda HR-V Should’ve Stayed in Japan

A Review of the 2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

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Intro

Today we are talking about a car that rivals the RAV4 for the worst car I’ve reviewed so far. This is the Honda HR-V and it’s Honda’s subcompact SUV. The HR-V is the successor of the delightful Honda Element. Honda claims that HR-V stands for Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle. So, I guess this is actually the HRR-V.

History

The Honda HR-V actually began its life in 1999 and was based on the Honda Logo. You probably didn’t know that because it was originally a Japan-exclusive car. Later, Honda decided they would offer it in Europe but never in North America. However, I don’t think we need to be offended because I don’t think we missed much by not being able to buy that truly ugly car. Honda decided to stop making the HR-V in 2006, returning in 2016 for a North American debut.

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

Generational Changes

This second-generation HR-V shares its platform with the Honda Fit. For 2019, Honda announced a refresh for the HR-V. They would be changing the grille, headlights, taillights, and bumpers. They added a volume knob to replace the old slider, offered Apple Carplay/Android Auto, and made Honda Sensing standard on the EX and above. They got rid of the manual transmission, only offering a CVT and added two new trim levels, the Sport and Touring.

Specs

This is a 2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD, and it cost about $27k. The paint color on this one is Modern Steel Metallic and it comes with 17” alloys. The HR-V comes in five different trims, starting at about $21k:

2020 Honda HR-V Trims

2020 Honda HR-V Trims

Each HR-V comes with a 13.2 Gal tank, 3,000 lb curb weight, and for the AWD version a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. The HR-V comes with one god awful engine with an awful transmission, this 1.8L I4 with a CVT.

2020 Honda HR-V Engine

2020 Honda HR-V Engine

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

What's Good

First, let’s start with what this car does well, it’s not much but I’m going to start with the positive. Honda Sensing starts out on the EX and above trims and it’s a great driving assist suite. This one comes with AWD which will run you an extra $1,500. Both front seats are heated, and the driver’s seat is adjustable in 6-different ways. It comes with the multi-angle backup camera we’ve seen before with dynamic guidelines. I really like how this climate control system looks, however, I would much prefer physical controls.

What's Average

This comes with a 7” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It comes with “magic” back seats, and let me tell you, there’s no magic happening back there. It’s just a seat with a 60/40 split that you can fold down or lift up the front, abracafreakingdabra. The HR-V rides pretty nice around the pavement and I’m sure it could handle some light off-roading with the AWD system. There’s an average amount of space in here for bringing things with you, nothing compared to the CR-V but it can haul some groceries.

2020 Honda HR-V vs Honda CR-V Cargo Space

2020 Honda HR-V vs Honda CR-V Cargo Space

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD Interior

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD Interior

What's Bad

As you may have noticed, most of the stuff that is either good or average in this car can really be experienced with the engine off. That’s because this car is ruined literally by the push of a button, the push to start button to be exact. First, the engine in this car would be adequate for a kid’s RC car, but not a car that weighs 1.5 tons. Mr. Hachigo I know you’re reading this article, seriously throw a turbo or something on this car because this engine is garbage. In my road test, I had to merge onto a highway and it took ten seconds of flooring it to get to speed, I think I would have been better off in Fred Flinstone’s foot mobile. Then Honda has this LaneWatch technology which takes over your screen when you put your right turn signal on. This is great except for if you’re using GPS because it hides the map and directions from you which could cause you to miss your turn. All they need is the blindspot indicator you see on other Honda’s and that problem would be solved. So, you’d expect because this is a smaller car it is easily maneuverable? You’re dead wrong my friend, this thing has a turning radius closer to a Pilot than it’s rival the Toyota CH-R. It’s turning radius is 1.6 ft longer than the CH-R and only one foot shorter than a Pilot!'

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

Honda HR-V vs Toyota CH-R

Believe it or not, this Honda has a Toyota counterpart, the C-HR. The HR-V kills the CH-R when it comes to cargo space with 58.8 cu ft of with the seats down versus 36.4. Somehow, the HR-V actually has better acceleration than the CH-R. Also, the HR-V offers AWD whereas the CH-R does not. The CH-R has a more comfortable interior and comes with Toyota’s Safety suite standard. Also, the HR-V received a 2.5/5 for predicted reliability whereas the CH-R received a 3.5/5. Honestly, the subcompact SUV class just sucks and these cars are no outliers. I would have to say between the two the HR-V wins because of its better interior space.

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

Pros

- AWD

- Backup Camera

Cons

- Lawnmower Engine

- LaneWatch

- Turning Radius

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

2020 Honda HR-V EX AWD

Conclusion

Seriously, if you’re contemplating buying an HR-V, don’t. Spend the extra money and buy a compact SUV like the CR-V. Sure, your kids may not be able to go to college, but both you and your children will be much happier to have a CR-V than the HR-V. Not only will they be happier, but they’ll be alive because you can actually merge in the CR-V, whereas in the HR-V you certainly will get run over by a semi. However, if you’re stuck on a subcompact SUV, check out the Hyundai Kona. It's the cream of the crap.

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Comments (6)

  • I’m surprised it’s that slow for a Honda, even with the i4, but then again it’s coupled to a CVT. I’ve got a compact SUV with a small four pot (1.8 na coincidentally) but it’s somewhat fast thanks to a manual.

    But then again my ones actually capable off the road, I’ve never seen a Honda product of any sort even parked on slightly muddied grass. Sort of a pointless car to me and even though it is as bad as it looks, I imagine it’ll sell like hot cakes. I hate the crossover trend, it’s just making some shite cars

      1 month ago
    • I think where it really sells is for people who want a CR-V but can't afford a CR-V so they settle for this thing. Also the AWD is lucrative, but overall a terrible car.

        1 month ago
    • I’ve driven the CR-V too, I have no idea how that sells. Sort of annoyed Honda has lost their drive a bit

        1 month ago

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