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Vehicle Profile: 2020 Honda HR-V
The Honda HR-V offers versatility and efficiency

The 2020 Honda HR-V is a subcompact SUV that combines athletic appeal with versatile comfort for the whole family. It isn’t flashy or exceptionally quick, but it’s well equipped at all trim levels and with a low starting price of $20,820, it’s one of the least expensive subcompact SUVs on the market.1

Interior and cargo

The main appeal of the 2020 Honda HR-V is its interior space and the versatility of that space. Given the vehicle’s overall small dimensions, its 41.2 inches of front legroom and 39.3 inches of rear legroom are impressive. That being said, the 100.1 cubic feet of total passenger volume takes a backseat to the flexible cargo area. The HR-V is equipped with a 2nd-row Magic Seat® that can be configured in four different modes — including Tall, Long, Utility and Refresh — each accommodating different types of cargo and providing up to 58.8 cubic feet of storage.2 The Refresh mode is designed to enhance front passenger room when you have no rear passengers and only small amounts of cargo, but even with five people aboard taking up as much space as possible, you can still expect 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance and economy

Every 2020 Honda HR-V uses the same engine, a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder generating 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. There’s also just one transmission, a continuously variable automatic with stepped gear changes that contribute to quieter operation at full throttle. 141 hp isn’t a lot to power anything larger than a midsize sedan, but as the HR-V is small even by utility vehicle standards, it’s enough to do the job of getting you from A to B. More importantly, this translates to strong fuel economy, with the front-wheel-drive models earning an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg on average, which is on par or even better than many sedans.3 All-wheel drive is optional at all trim levels and standard on the top-of-the-line HR-V Touring, and while it won’t turn the SUV into an off-road machine, it will nonetheless provide a welcome bit of extra traction on dusty trails or snowy roads at the cost of a small amount of fuel economy.

Features and technology

Every 2020 Honda HR-V is equipped with LED daytime running lights and taillights, a 5-inch infotainment screen with a multi-angle rearview camera, cruise control and the aforementioned 2nd-row Magic Seat®. Upgrading to the Sport trim gets you a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, while the HR-V EX adds heated front seats, a one-touch power moonroof and the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assist technologies. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™, which can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a frontal collision, alongside other such useful features.4 The EX-L comes with genuine leather appointments and a 180-watt audio system, while the range-topping HR-V Touring adds navigation and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The 2020 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV focuses on utility and efficiency over performance, offering many standard and optional features for budget-conscious customers.

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

2Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.

328 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

4CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

This article is presented by Walnut Creek Honda.

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