2018 HONDA HR-V
In length, the is exactly halfway between the larger Honda CR-V and the smaller (but no less versatile) Fit. The vehicle’s sloping roofline is more hatchback than wagon, but in terms of cargo volume, the HR-V beats some competition and is significantly ahead on volume compared to others.
The HR-V shares the Fit’s chassis and emerges from the same production facility in Mexico. As with the Fit, the HR-V’s fuel tank is located in the center of the vehicle beneath the front seats, which allows for a flat floor and ample legroom for rear-seat passengers. As well, the Fit-like rear seat bottom folds up, which comes in really handy when transporting tall objects.
The HR-V’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable unit (CVT) with optional paddle shifters that control seven pre-set ratios. The optional all-wheel-drive stands ready to shift torque to the rear wheels if the fronts begin to slip. Note that models with AWD automatically get the CVT.