If you want an SUV but you’re not ready to abandon the things that you also like about sedans and hatches, the 2021 Honda HR-V might be just the right vehicle for you. The Honda’s compact proportions make it perfect for the town or city but its spacious enough inside to also be a perfectly practical vehicle for families and longer journeys inside and outside the urban jungle. The HR-V doesn’t attempt to be some sort of faux off-roader, but the availability of all-wheel-drive means it does offer some capability when the pavement runs out and it can also handle some pretty unpleasant weather conditions on the road.
There seems to be just the right number of trim levels of 2021 Honda HR-V available with four different versions for buyers to choose between. The entry-level model is the HR-V LX which covers far more than just the basics but also comes in at a very attractive price point. Next up is the HR-V Sport which lives up to its name with a sporty look that’s nicely finished off by some very smart exclusive alloy wheels.
EX is the third trim level in the 2021 lineup and this one really does start to pile on the standard equipment, while the range-topping EX-L goes even further towards true luxury levels of standard equipment.
If you like the current trend for SUVs to resemble coupes with sloping rooflines but you don’t want to pay the sometimes astronomical prices many manufacturers ask for them, you can have that kind of style for a lot less with the Honda HR-V. Some might say the HR-V is as close to a hatch as it is to an SUV, but the squat stance and sloping roofline are an attractive combination.
Honda drops a small, fuel-efficient gas engine into the HR-V and the same unit is found in all four trim levels. The unit in question is a 1.8-liter inline-four that develops 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque, which is then sent to the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Depending on whether you go for front- or all-wheel-drive, the HR-V features either a torsion-beam or DeDion rear axle. Combined with the HR-V’s short wheelbase, these setups help the little Honda handle extremely well and deliver a smooth, comfortable ride in most conditions.
Buyers will expect good fuel efficiency from a vehicle of these proportions and the HR-V doesn’t disappoint with EPA ratings for front-drive models of 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. The extra capability of all-wheel-drive only reduces those numbers slightly to 26/31/28 mpg respectively.
A 2021 Honda HR-V LX makes great sense for buyers shopping on a budget as it covers far more than just the basics with standard features that include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power features, cruise control and a 160-watt audio system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.
If infotainment is a big deal for you, which it is for many buyers these days, you’ll probably want to start at the Sport trim level. Sport models come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with text message functionality and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Sport trim also comes with sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and those black alloy wheels that really do lift the sporty appearance of this aptly-named version of the HR-V.
EX-L models go all the way with the likes of LED headlights, a power driver’s seat, a moonroof, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an automatic dimming rearview mirror and plenty more.
As well as everything mentioned above that explains why the 2021 HR-V is such a great little crossover SUV, it’s also a Honda, and that means superb reliability, excellent quality and class-leading levels of safety. The HR-V gets a five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and the IIHS makes the HR-V a Top Safety Pick, and EX and EX-L models also come standard with the extremely impressive Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.
Come and see for yourself what a sensational package the 2021 Honda HR-V is with a test drive from Nelson Honda today at our friendly dealership located at 2500 Greensboro Road, Martinsville, VA.