2022 Honda HR-V

Honda’s subcompact crossover domination is nearing the end of its life cycle before undergoing a comprehensive revamp.

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The HR-V serves as the most compact and affordable crossover from Honda that is both fuel-efficient and comfortable, but it is quite old and is in desperate need of a thorough update. Although the 2022 model year remains highly unchanged, should you get one?

Overview

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Compact family crossovers in the budget were quite an unpopular concept before the HR-V arrived. Back in 2016, the HR-V seemed to be a great choice as it was cheap, had great reliability, and most importantly, it was comfortable. Six years down the road, we see a bunch of changes like a modern-looking exterior and interior along with a bunch of feature updates. The most important factor of considering the HR-V would be its spacious interior which includes the Magic Seat second row. However, there are a lot of changes needed for it to survive where the budget crossover segment is more alive than ever. The recently reviewed Volkswagen Taos joined the party late but its arrival was important as it is more modern looking, has a turbocharged engine, gets equipped with decent driver aids, and whatnot! We have the facelifted Kona, and the Mazda CX-30 to fill up the remaining space but the former is a bit more compact and can be felt in the rear row. For the 2022 model year, the HR-V did not receive any update and the outgoing model year got some barely noticeable features such as the new wheel design while Sport added rear privacy glass, and the Touring trim was dropped from the lineup.

Trims and Features

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Just like the previous model year, the 2022 HR-V is offered in four trimsl: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. All four trims are powered by a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine and a CVT. FWD is standard while there is an optional AWD across the trim-list. Here are the detailed trims and features of the 2022 Honda HR-V.

LX.
Price: $21,870.

  • 17-inch alloys.
  • LED DRLs and brake lights.
  • Halogen headlights.
  • Cloth upholstery.
  • Manually adjustable front seats.
  • Single-zone air conditioning.
  • 4-speaker audio unit.
  • 5-inch touchscreen display.
  • Single USB port.

Sport.
Price: $23,820.

  • 18-inch alloys.
  • Foglamps.
  • Roof rails.
  • Paddle shifters.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
  • Upgraded 7-inch touchscreen display.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Two USB ports.
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EX.
Price: $25,070.

  • Remote ignition and ignition.
  • Heated front seats.
  • Single-zone climate control.
  • SiriusXM.
  • Sunroof.
  • Blindspot monitoring.

Honda Sensing’s advanced driver assistance features are standard with the EX and EX-L.

  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Forward collision mitigation.

EX-L.
Price: $26,670.

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Leather seats.
  • Upgraded 6-speaker audio unit.

Exterior: Orthodox Honda looks

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The thing we see with Honda cars is that they are reliable, cheap and all that but the overall design has never been the most modern. The same is seen with the HR-V. It’s a shame that the company’s most popular compact SUV is still in its first generation and has had one facelift in 2019. The facelift brought changes to the front bumpers, a new design for the lights, and a few other exterior tweaks. But it did not stand out even at that moment. Fast-forward to 2022, we have the gorgeous-looking Volkswagen Taos, Hyundai Kona, and Mazda CX-5. However, Honda recently teased the upcoming HR-V which might be a game-changer for the Japanese car giant. So we have halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lights at the front. The front face is very similar to the other Honda SUVs like the big-bollocks Pilot. The chunky chrome bar surrounding the Honda logo makes the look better. Choosing the Sport trim will let you have roof rails and foglights. There is an LED cluster for the brake lights at the rear but the overall design is dated, severely. The rear door handles are placed on the C-Pillar and are very similar to something we have seen with the Toyota C-HR. As for the wheel options, we get 17-inch ones as standard while the Sport gets the 18 inchers.

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It is quite strange that the HR-V, being a subcompact crossover, holds a lot of space inside the cabin. It is 170.9 inches long in length while the wheelbase is as short as 102.8 inches. The HR-V is longer than the Kona in both length and wheelbase. The Sport, however, is measured at 170.9 inches in length. Other important dimensions include a 63.2-inch height, a width of 69.8 inches, and a decent ground clearance of 7.3 inches. The Sport trim is even slightly wider at 70.5 inches. As for the competition, both the CX-30 and the Kona have a lower height than the HR-V. The ground clearance of the HR-V is higher than both the Taos and the Kona but is lower than the CX-30’s 8.0 inches. With a greater length, wheelbase, width, and height, the Volkswagen Taos is a larger crossover overall.

2022 Honda HR-V Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Honda HR-V
Curb Weight  2,906 lbs.
Length 170.4 in.
Width  69.8 in.
Height 63.2 in.
Ground Clearance  7.3 in.
Wheelbase  102.8 in.

Interior: Comfort is the only word to coin

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Like the exterior, the cabin is not the funkiest you can get for the price. It looks dated in every possible way unlike the Hyundai Kona and the Volkswagen Taos. We got to see more modern touches with the latter options like a bigger touchscreen display, a fully digital instrument console, automatic climate control, and many more. With the HR-V, it is just a major compromise as the options are not expensive either and still they are managing to offer what is best for the price. The inside, however, is not cluttered with blocks of plastic and there are soft touches on the frequently touched points. The plastics used are durable but of course scratchy. The dashboard layout seems to be straight out of a 2014 American truck. There is a standard five-inch screen at the center while the left has the analog-digital cluster reading the speed, engine revs, and other necessary details. The Sport trim gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and paddle shifters while the EX and the range-topping EX-L get single-zone climate control.

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While it may seem that the HR-V is a subcompact crossover, it feels nothing like it when getting inside. What we mean to say is that the cabin is more spacious and more practical than the other booming budget crossovers. But let’s talk about seating comfort first. The cloth-covered seats are nice and squishy and are fitted as standard. Leather seats are only available with the EX-L trim. If you want all-weather coverage, you have to choose between the EX and EX-L for they have heated front seats. About the interior spaciousness, yes, the HR-V is one of the best. You can easily fit up to five people of any size inside it. The front row has 39.5-inch headroom and 41.2-inch legroom, pretty spacious you see. The rear, however, has a good 38.3-inch headroom while the legroom is an enormous 39.3-inch.

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Thanks to the Magic Seat, the rear row can be folded completely to extend the cargo capacity which is already 24.3 cubic feet in size by default. Now if you compare to the competitors, the HR-V and the Taos are leading while the Kona and the CX-30 have a cramped-up rear row. However, the cargo capacity is better on the Taos with 27.9 cubic feet. For your added convenience, we have listed down a few important interior features of the 2022 Honda HR-V.

  • Single-zone climate control.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Leather seats.
  • Manually adjustable seats.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • Paddle shifters.
  • Heated front seats.
  • Auto-dimming rearview.
2022 Honda HR-V Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Honda HR-V
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 39.5/56.8/41.2
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 38.3/54.5/39.3
Cargo Capacity  24.3 cu.ft.
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Nothing flashy like the MIB3 found with the Taos, the HR-V is rather slow and not interactive, to be honest. As standard, you will get a five-inch touchscreen display, a four-speaker audio unit, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Sport trim gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a larger seven-inch touchscreen display. We would suggest the Sport trim if you want a good overall experience with the cabin tech. However, both the screens are choppy to operate but the bigger screen does have the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration so things might get a bit easier. Other infotainment features available with the EX and EX-L would be:

  • SiriusXM.
  • Upgraded six-speaker audio unit.

Performance and Handling: Not a Prince Charming

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Performance is not the game for most budget crossovers except for the Kona N Line and Kona N. Those are monsters in the modern-day performance crossovers. The HR-V has started to show its age in the overall performance too. First of all, there is just one engine offered by Honda: a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated inline-four which puts out 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The engine will power either the front wheels or all four wheels according to your choice. The engine power is not great but the presence of a continuously variable transmission makes it more sluggish than it already is. The underpowered engine might be useful to gain impressive fuel economy but straight-off-the-line acceleration is needed especially in the city. As with our review with the new Volkswagen Taos, the feedback was positive as it had a peppy feeling when burying the throttle. As a result, the Taos does a 0-60 in 7.4 seconds and the HR-V takes about 8.6 seconds with the FWD. The AWD variants are even slower with 10.2 seconds to 60 miles per hour. The standing quarter-mile timing for the latter variant has been recorded by Car and Driver with 17.8 seconds. If you want a true performer in the budget then you always have the Kona N Line as an option. That thing is powered by a beastly tuned engine and is priced similarly to the EX trim of the HR-V. Car and Driver recorded a 0-60 in 7.4 seconds and a quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds. Surely no one would race with an HR-V but the acceleration figures do draw its real-life performance.

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If you are familiar with the Honda Fit, you know how nimble it is but the HR-V, which is based on the same platform, does not behave the same way. We get it has the crossover weight, and elongated dimensions but it seems that these two factors are too vital. The HR-V has sharp steering feedback but the suspension is soft so the drive is supple but at the cost of excessive body rolls. We wish that with the next big update, Honda fixes the overall damping characteristics as the suspension cannot handle much of rough patches. The HR-V is made to go smooth and deliver maximum comfort and it does the job it is meant to do pretty well. If you want a sportier handling crossover, Hyundai’s doors are always open for you.

2022 Honda HR-V Performance Stats
Model 2022 Honda HR-V
Engine Type 1.8-liter naturally aspirated inline-four
Drive Type FWD/AWD
Transmission CVT
Power  141 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque  127 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM
0-60 (mph)  10.2 seconds
Quarter-mile 17.8 seconds
Top Speed 116 mph

Fuel Economy

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What makes a car uninteresting? An underpowered naturally aspirated engine that is mated to a CVT. Yes, we hate the pair but the outcome is rather impressive with the fuel economy. The HR-V manages to get 28 miles per gallon in the city, a good 34 miles per gallon on the highways, and a combined figure of 30 miles per gallon. The AWD variants, however, do sip a mile or two per gallon more than standard FWD but do not make it up for real-world accelerations. There is a 13.2-gallon gas tank that can return about 400 miles per gallon combined. The turbocharged engine that comes with the Taos returns similar city mileage while the highway mileage is better with about two miles per gallon more than the HR-V.

2022 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy
Model 2022 Honda HR-V 2022 Honda HR-V AWD
MPG (City) 28 27
MPG (Highway) 34 31
MPG (Combined) 30 29
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 13.2 13.2
Range (City, Highway, Combined) 369.6/448.8/396.0 356.4/409.2/382.8

How safe is the 2022 Honda HR-V?

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The latest HR-V got a 5-star rating from the NHTSA while the IIHS rates it “Good” in the majority of the categories. Sadly, the HR-V does not come with any advanced driver aids as standard. You have to get the EX or the EX-L to get a taste of, though not all, the advanced safety features. We know that it is much of a disappointment for the Honda fans but it is what it is. We hope that with the new 2023 HR-V, Honda will make a comeback. The Kona comes highly packed with lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and driver attention warning as standard. However, here are the optional advanced driver assistance features for your reference.

  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Forward collision mitigation.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Blindspot monitoring.

Should you consider the 2022 Honda HR-V?

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We would recommend not to get the 2022 HR-V because it is seriously outdated for what it is offering. If you want an HR-V, however, you can get the used ones online or in dealerships. The HR-V is a great crossover for the comfort and practicality it is offering but not a standing-out type. The 2023 HR-V is hopefully coming by next year and it will bring tons of changes both in the design and even the powertrain. The Volkswagen Taos is a stunner and practical like a compact crossover should be. As it is new and cheap, it would be our choice.

FAQ

Is there a new HR-V coming soon?
Yes, Honda has teased the upcoming HR-V. It should bring comprehensive changes to the already existing crossover.

Should I buy an HR-V?
Yes, but we recommend opting for used ones because the 2022 model year is seriously outdated.

How economic is the HR-V?
The EPA rates Honda’s cheapest SUV with 28/34/30 for city/highway/combined.

How much is the HR-V?
The current HR-V starts at about $21,870 (excluding delivery charges).

Amreetam Basu
Amreetam Basu
Automobile Journalist
After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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