Forget the weekend, Honda is more concerned about what comes on Monday because that’s when the 2018 HR-V arrives in dealerships.
The popular smaller coupe version of Honda’s top-selling CR-V is currently the best-selling compact SUV in America, as of April.
The price bumps up slightly for 2018. The base LX with a manual will run you a few hundred bucks more, starting from $20,510 including destination. It offers a new blue hue on select trims, going as Aegean Blue Metallic. Aside from that, the model stays mostly the same.
The HR-V continues to offer 58.8 cubic-feet of cargo space, enough to fit about 234 NBA basketballs. Perhaps a better example comes from a Car Pro Certified Dealer. He recently told me a photographer planning to buy one wanted to know if there was enough room for him to get some shut-eye in it while driving cross country. The guy put it to the lie down in the back, as in can I sleep back here test, and it passed. (I did the same and diagonally with the rear seats folded down, it’s doable. Note: I’m 5’6″.)
An AWD variation is available across all trims, which is another nice go-anywhere feature. It doesn’t get better gas mileage than it’s big CR-V sibling, but the lower price point and smaller size, think parking, makes it a contender in its own way. Mileage rates 28-city and 34-highway with two-wheel drive and Continuously Variable Transmission while AWD rates 27-city and 29-highway.
The 1.8-liter 141-horsepower engine carries over for 2018. It would be nice to see the model with a higher power option, but with the price and gas, no one’s really complaining.
Standard safety equipment includes anti-locking brakes with brake assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, and electronic stability control. Other standard features are a multi-angle rearview Camera and tire pressure monitoring.