Even though the 2022 Honda HR-V is the Japanese automaker’s smallest SUV sold here in the US America, you could be amazed at just how spacious, practical and flexible it is when you check out its dimension-defying cabin. The size and the way the HR-V looks on the outside is somewhere between a small SUV and a compact hatch which helps to deliver a tempting combination of SUV practicality and the car-like driving characteristics that crossovers constantly try to offer.
There are four trim levels at the moment in the 2022 Honda HR-V family for buyers to choose from. The lineup kicks off with the amazingly competitively priced LX trim at the entry-level and then goes to the Sport, EX and finally to the top-of-the-range EX-L. The starting MSRP of the LX trim is undeniably quite a headline-grabber, but the majority of buyers will probably go for a Sport model or higher as these are the ones that come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Like most rivals in this segment of the auto market, the Honda HR-V uses the same powertrain in all models. The engine in question is a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre inline-four that puts out 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque which in the standard form gets sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). However, every HR-V trim level can be upgraded with AWD for extra capability, including the entry-level LX trim.
The HR-V’s relatively short wheelbase, it’s quick and responsive steering, and the use of torsion-beam or DeDion rear axle depending on whether it’s a front- or all-wheel-drive version we’re talking about, all assists the HR-V in delivering excellent driving and handling characteristics. Even potholes and other undesirable road hazards you’ll come across are confidently taken in the HR-V’s stride by this surprisingly capable subcompact crossover.
There’s more generous legroom in the front and rear seats of the 2022 Honda HR-V than you’ll find in some compact and even midsize offerings, with 41.2 inches in the front and 39.3 inches in the back. You’ll even find up to 24.3 cu.-ft. of cargo volume in the back of the HR-V with the rear seats are up and in use, which can then grow to 58.8 cu.-ft. when the second row is folded away when not required. Those who value flexible storage will also appreciate every HR-V featuring Honda’s second-row rear Magic Seats which are seat bottoms that can be flipped up so taller objects can be fitted in behind the driver and front-seat passenger seats.
Most buyers will probably look at the HR-V Sport trim and higher to get the 7.0-inch infotainment system, but the Sport trim also comes standard with 18-inch Matte-Black alloy wheels, a 180-watt audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheels and shift knob, roof rails, rear privacy glass, and fog lights.
The 2022 Honda HR-V makes a compelling case for itself with its stylish exterior, spacious and flexible interior, high levels of standard features and extremely affordable prices. It’s also cheap to run with EPA fuel economy ratings up to 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined for front-drive models and 26/31/28 mpg with AWD. Come and experience the 2022 HR-V for yourself today with a test drive from us here at Nelson Honda located at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, or give us a call on (276) 632-9741 to find out more and to book a test drive appointment for a time to fit in with your schedule.