Why Buy the 2021 Honda HR-V?
The subcompact crossover SUV is a great vehicle choice for small families, couples, and single people. This niche motor vehicle market segment continues to grow, and customers have more choices than ever. The Honda HR-V is a five-door SUV that slots neatly into the subcompact crossover category. The HR-V has been on American roads in its current design since the 2016 model year. This article takes a look at the 2021 Honda HR-V along with some compelling reasons to buy it.
Practical and Stylish
Depending on both your budget and your preference for having the most features packed into your vehicle, Honda provides a good variety of trim level choices with the 2021 HR-V. You can choose from a total of four different trims: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. The HR-V’s elevated driving position, sleek and sharp lines, and beautiful color palette give it a distinguished and commanding presence on the road.
Looking further into the different style elements, the base LX trim has body-colored power side mirrors, 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels and a body-colored rear spoiler. The Sport trim comes with exterior refinements that include 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with matte black inserts, gloss black underbody spoilers, roof rails, gloss black power side mirrors, and an exhaust finisher. The EX and EX-L trims concentrate the bulk of their improvements to both interior comfort and safety features. The Sport trim is the most aesthetically pleasing of the four trim levels, but any of the four trims is a good choice.
Nimble and Fuel Efficient
Each of the four trim levels is fitted with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine outputs 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to nimbly navigate urban roads and have a smooth, controlled driving experience on the highway.
All models come with a proprietary Honda Eco Assist system that helps drivers maximize their fuel efficiency in different driving conditions. Eco Assists works by informing drivers of their current fuel efficiency using a color-coded meter in the HR-V’s instrument panel.
Another part of the system is Econ Mode, which automatically improves fuel efficiency by adjusting certain vehicle operations that consume energy without being necessary to the functioning of the HR-V. Overall, you can expect to get serious value for your money when it comes to fuel refills. You’ll get 26 mpg on city roads and 31 mpg on the highway for a combined total 28 mpg.
The transmission paired with the HR-V’s engine is a continuously variable transmission with Sport mode. This transmission keeps engine RPMs low and consistent, which adds to the fuel efficiency. You can choose either an all-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive system for your HR-V, depending on whether you want the better traction in slippery conditions that all-wheel drive is known for.
Comfortable and Spacious Interior
One of the standout features of the HR-V’s interior is the 60/40 split second-row Magic Seat. Using the Magic Seat, you can convert your HR-V into a veritable cargo powerhouse. The Magic Seat offers several configurations to meet different storage needs. You can fold the second-row seats completely flat, giving you 52.7 cubic feet of space. You can also fold the seats back and have them standing bottom-up to accommodate tall items. Lastly, you can fold the front seats to align with the second row and use the interior as a chillout area.
As far as comfort and convenience go, the base trim comes with air conditioning with air filtration, a high-deck center console with a sliding armrest, beverage holders, floor mats, and cloth-trimmed seats. The Sport trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sport pedals as interior comfort upgrades on the base trim. The EX trim has heated front seats, a moonroof, and automatic climate control. The EX-L trim has leather-trimmed seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Tons of Safety Features
NO matter which trim level you opt for, the Honda HR-V provides an impressive depth of safety features. At the base LX level, you get a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines to help you out when trying to park your vehicle or reverse from a parking spot. Another excellent base feature is vehicle stability assist with traction control. The vehicle stability assist feature helps to boost driver confidence by enhancing control and stability during acceleration and cornering.
Also included as standard safety features are an advanced airbag system, LED Daytime Running Lights, and an anti-lock braking system. The Sport trim level contains almost exactly the same safety suite as the base LX with the only change being the addition of dynamic guidelines on the rearview camera.
You can take advantage of some impressive extra safety features if you choose either the EX or EX-L trim. These extra safety features form the Honda Sensing system, which includes plenty of advanced safety features and driver-assistive technologies that further improve your safety on the road.
A collision mitigation braking system automatically applies the brakes when a front collision is inevitable. A road departure mitigation system provides steering assistance and helps you return to your lane if you happen to drift. A lane-keeping assist system subtly refines your steering while on the highway to ensure you stay centered in the detected lane on those long trips.
Adaptive cruise control automatically maintains a set pace behind the vehicle in front of you for safer driving. An extra perk of adaptive cruise control is that when the system detects the vehicle in front slowing down and stopping, it will automatically slow down your speed as well.
The 2021 Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover that provides great value for the money for anyone who decides to buy it. With its commanding road presence, surprisingly spacious interior, fuel-efficient engine, and a plethora of advanced safety features, the 2021 HR-V is a solid option for those in the market for a new SUV that doesn’t break the bank. The stylish design only adds to the HR-V’s appeal. Check out our range of new Honda SUVs for sale today.