Honda HR-V Test Drive
After driving the Mazda CX-3, I was really interested in comparing it to the Honda HR-V.
The HR-V is a much more popular choice since they sold over 85 000 of them last year.
Vs about 17 000 units if the CX-3.
I always thought the HR-V looked really good, and it still does.
It has very nice proportions and just the right amount of style to create its own personality.
Most people I talked to during my week test driving it really like the design.
The interior is also very nice and has a very substantial feel to it.
Everything feels refined and solid. With plenty of soft-touch plastics. The Touring version especially does a good job at creating a rather upscale experience.
( A small detail, but I actually also appreciated the super muted/refined sound of the turn signal chime)
The 6 speaker stereo in my top of the line Limited unit sounded great.
Better than the Bose system in the Mazda CX-3.
While I am comparing the Honda to the CX-3. I have to say the whole interior seems more upscale.
And roomier. Especially in the back.
The rear seat is quite a surprise! As it is at least as roomy as may larger mid-sized SUV’s.
The leg room is quite amazing for such a small car.
Same thing with the trunk.
The long flat floor is really deep when the rear seats are down. And actually, if you slide the front seats forward, there is enough room in there for camping.
While I still had the noisy experience from the CX-3 in mind, the first thing I noticed with the HR-V was how quiet and refined the engine sounded. Even when cold.
The car is also very quiet at speed and driving around town ( Honda added sound deadening as part of a 2019 model year revision)
While it is not as punchy as the Mazda, the HR-V always had enough power for anything.
Carrying a couple of people, stuff, merging on the freeway, etc… I never felt I needed more power.
The CVT isn’t meant to be pushed. It actually reacts much better in relaxed driving.
And that ‘s basically what these cars are. (If you need a sporty car you shouldn’t look at a compact crossover in the first place, really)
The ride is slightly firm and always very comfortable and solid.
It doesn’t even compare to the skateboard-like the experience of the Mazda CX-3.
The HR-V is also much better composed and secure at freeway speed.
Nice steering feel, comfortable and quiet ride and make for a nice freeway traveling experience.
The Honda HR-V AWD is rated at 26 City and 31 MPG Hwy.
While I did get up to 30 in the city, you will get mostly around 25 to 27.
But I very easily averaged over 40MPG on various freeway trips.
(I am actually not sure how you would get only 31…)
The loaded Touring model I was driving is not what you would call cheap. At over $29 000.
But it does come with pretty much everything (Although a power tailgate would be nice)
And it is similar to the competition. ( you can also get a very well equipped EX-L model for around $25 000)
The HR-V is also roomier than most.
I would definitely recommend the HR-V for anyone looking for a compact crossover. It is very easy to live with every day.
And can carry much more than its small size suggests. (competing with some more expensive mid-size models)
And you can actually travel with people in the back seat for long trips.