Looks can be deceiving. This is particularly true when we take a closer look at the 2022 Honda HR-V, a subcompact SUV that offers more than what meets the eye. First introduced in 2016, the HR-V was designed to meet growing demand from drivers looking for a subcompact SUV that was practical, spacious, and efficient. The HR-V answered that demand as the smallest SUV in Honda’s lineup. However, its classification as a mini-SUV doesn’t discount its capability or accommodating interior.
This is especially apparent with the HR-V’s Magic Seat in the second row, which folds flat to deliver a spacious cargo area that can hold more luggage, groceries, and gear than most larger crossovers. How else does the 2022 Honda HR-V prove that looks can be deceiving? From its powertrain and handling to its functional design and array of safety and connectivity tools, the HR-V has plenty to offer. It’s one of the most practical and versatile vehicles in the segment and continues its reign as one of Honda’s top sellers.
Since its debut in America, Honda has built its reputation for delivering reliable and versatile vehicles that are also beautiful and sophisticated. The 2022 HR-V is no exception and embodies the versatility of the Honda brand with its SUV-like stance and sport-inspired features. The available honeycomb front grille adds a modern touch while the sleek side sills and Sport-exclusive 18-inch wheels distinguish the HR-V on the road. LED lighting in the front and rear enhance the HR-V’s visibility, adding another layer of safety and design to the popular mini-SUV.
Inside, the HR-V continues its focus on function and versatility with an interior that’s surprisingly spacious for an SUV of its size. This spaciousness is the result of Honda’s expert engineering team that designed the cabin to be functional and sophisticated. You’ll see this firsthand in the driver’s seat, where everything you need is within easy reach, from the touchscreen display to the steering wheel-mounted controls and paddle shifters.
The real magic happens in the backseat where Honda offers a 60-40 split-folding Magic Seat. While a 60-40 split seat isn’t a new feature in the industry, the HR-V improves the idea with Magic Seat technology, giving you the option to fold the seats up or down depending on your cargo. For example, you can fold the seats up to make use of four feet of vertical cargo space that allows you to haul everything from lamps and potted plants to bicycles. With the seats folded flat in utility mode, you have 58.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is ideal for hauling luggage, groceries, and other gear. Folding down the front passenger seat and the second-row seats give you the ability to haul items up to 8 feet in length, which means you can say “yes” to more adventures since you can easily haul a kayak, skis, and more.
Honda prioritizes your safety, and it shows on the HR-V, which earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Every trim in the HR-V lineup (LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L) is equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, LED daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a multi-angle rearview camera. The models are also equipped with a suite of passive safety features like advanced airbags, seatbelts, seatbelt reminders, and child-proof rear door locks that work behind the scenes to keep you and your passengers safe.
The HR-V truly shines when you look at the available safety and driver-assist technology that works to enhance your visibility, minimize the potential for collision, and improve your experience on the road. Known as the Honda Sensing Suite, these features vary by trim and include Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, and a Road Departure Mitigation System. Forward Collision Warning monitors the front of the HR-V for potential collisions and works with the Collision Mitigation Braking System to enhance your braking or apply hard emergency braking to bring the HR-V to a stop if a collision is imminent. Lane Departure Warning and the Road Departure Mitigation System help you keep the HR-V safely on the road.
Top-tier trims like the EX and EX-L come equipped with even more advanced safety and driver-assist tools. Adaptive Cruise Control replaces traditional cruise control and gives you more time to relax when you’re on the highway. Instead of constantly setting and resetting your cruising speed, the system monitors the flow of traffic ahead and adjusts the HR-V’s cruising speed as needed. Other tools include automatic high-beam headlights that dim according to oncoming traffic, which eliminates the risk of blinding oncoming drivers at night.
Your busy schedule doesn’t stop when you’re on the road, which can lead to distracted driving as you try to respond to messages and calls, schedule appointments, and set reminders. Honda is steadfast in its approach to enhancing your time behind the wheel and equips the HR-V with all the technology you need to stay connected and entertained wherever the road and your next adventure leads. The heart of this technology is in the 7-inch center touchscreen display that comes standard on the Sport, EX, and EX-L.
The HR-V’s touchscreen display is home to a variety of functions and apps, including SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio. Through the screen, you can sync your smartphone with the HR-V using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to gain access to your favorite apps. You can also pair your phone using the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink technology that allows you to use simple voice commands to make phone calls, respond to messages, and more. The HR-V’s technology extends beyond the touchscreen to the palm of your hand. Available as a smartphone app, HondaLink gives you more control over the HR-V wherever you are. You can use the app to monitor the HR-V’s fuel level, locate it on the map, or schedule service appointments.
From the driver’s seat, you’ll have easy access to the center touchscreen display as well as the multi-information display behind the steering wheel. The display gives you vital information like fuel economy, fuel level, oil life, miles-to-empty, odometer, trip meters, and the temperature outside. Top-tier trims like the EX and EX-L add to this with customizable feature settings and an extensive suite of information ranging from driver-assist alerts to a low-fuel indicator.
Honda didn’t make any mechanical changes to the HR-V for 2022, which means the subcompact SUV is powered by Honda’s proven 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, the engine churns out 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. This is more than enough power for navigating busy city streets and makes the HR-V responsive and fun to drive in town and on the highway.
The HR-V’s capability extends even further when you opt for the available all-wheel drive model. The Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System makes the HR-V steady in any condition since the system sends power to each wheel to maximize traction on rough or slippery terrain. This, however, doesn’t come at the cost of fuel efficiency since Honda’s continuously variable transmission prioritizes efficiency by seamlessly shifting the HR-V into the right gear at the right time.
What does this mean for the HR-V’s overall efficiency, and what can you expect in terms of fuel economy? The front-wheel drive HR-V is the most efficient and averages 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.** The all-wheel drive HR-V sees only a slight decrease to 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is worth it considering the added capability that Honda’s Real Time AWD system with Intelligent Control has to offer on all types of terrain.**