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2024 Honda HR-V Pros vs Cons, & Competitor Insights

2024 Honda HR-V Pros, Cons, and Competitor Comparison
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By Norman Ruckpaul
Reviewed & fact checked by
James Murdoch
Published: Feb 5, 2024

Looking for a practical small SUV that's still fun to drive around town? The 2024 Honda HR-V could be a good match. This little SUV mixes usefulness and versatility with some sporty driving chops.

We'll see if the HR-V's smart packaging, safety tech and zippy handling add up to the perfect ride for city folks and small families. We'll check out cargo space, features and how it stacks up to competition like the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30.

Our goal is to give you an honest look at the HR-V pros and cons so you can decide if it's got the goods. Does this tech-loaded Honda have what it takes to make first-time buyers and loyal fans happy? Read on and we'll break it all down for you.

What We Like - Eight Pros

The 2024 HR-V delivers a smooth, engaging drive with its sporty handling and suspension. You'll have fun behind the wheel. Safety is also a high point. It's loaded with standard driver assists and earns top ratings. Inside, you'll stay connected with standard Bluetooth, smartphone tech and available upgrades like navigation.

With its reliable rep, spacious cabin, stylish looks, and great value, the HR-V checks a lot of boxes. Whether you need practicality or just a fun SUV, it brings it all together.

1. Fun driving dynamics

While the Honda HR-V may not be the powerful option in its class, it makes up for it with its enjoyable driving experience. The precise steering and composed handling provide a sporty ride that fully immerses you in the driving experience.

The HR-Vs independent suspension effectively absorbs bumps on the road ensuring a comfortable ride even on rough surfaces. This balance between comfort and sportiness makes the HR-V a choice, for drivers seeking a subcompact SUV that delivers both engaging driving dynamics and practicality.

2. Advanced Safety/Driver Assistance Features

The 2024 Honda HR-V prioritizes safety with its standard Honda Sensing Suite. These advanced features look out for you in all driving situations - not just ideal conditions.

For example, collision mitigation braking (forward collision warning) uses radar and cameras to detect vehicles ahead in low visibility. By braking automatically, it can prevent accidents in fog, rain or darkness. This capability is especially helpful for new drivers still gaining experience.

The road departure mitigation keeps you on track if you start to drift out of your lane unintentionally. It reduces single-vehicle collisions by providing steering corrections or braking.

Adaptive cruise control maintains your preset following distance on highways, so you don't have to constantly adjust speed in traffic. This feature is a real help for tired commuters.

Even the base LX model packs must-haves like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. As you upgrade trims, you get extras like blind spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors for additional peace of mind. (Standard on the ex-l.) The HR-V delivers outstanding standard safety tech to protect you daily.

3. Excellent Safety Ratings

When it comes to keeping you safe, the 2024 Honda HR-V aces its report card. This small SUV earns top safety pick honors for safety from both the government and industry experts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it five out of five stars overall. Nice. Even better, the 2023 Honda HR-V scored the "Top Safety Pick+" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (The 2024 model has not changed from the 2023 model year, so this score should continue.) That's like getting extra credit for going above and beyond.

The IIHS breaks it down further. The HR-V gets top marks in frontal and side crash tests, showing its sturdy structure and effective airbags in action. Its rollover rating is solid too, thanks to smart design features that boost stability.

Compared to other small SUVs like the Kia Seltos or Hyundai Kona, the HR-V shines with its high IIHS rating and rockstar performance in crash tests. And it doesn't just protect you in a crash - active safety features help avoid accidents too. (Sources: NHTSA, IIHS )

4. Good Infotainment and Connectivity

All HR-V models come with the basics - Bluetooth for phone calls and streaming, AM/FM radio, and a USB port to play your tunes. Nice not having to pay extra for the essentials.

The base LX and Sport have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touchscreen. So you can easily use your smartphone on the go.

The fanciest EX-L may add available navigation, satellite radio, and other upgrades. It also comes with a 9-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Plus leather touches on the steering wheel and shift knob for a bit of luxury.

So the higher in trims you go, the more tech you get. But even the affordable base model HR-V offers key features like Bluetooth and radio. You're covered with all the connectivity and entertainment necessities, no matter which trim you pick.

5. Reliable Reputation

The Honda HR-V has built a reputation for reliability and strong resale value over the years. Known for its dependability, the HR-V consistently achieves high ratings in reliability surveys and is expected to maintain its value over time. This makes the HR-V a smart option for buyers seeking a subcompact SUV that will stand the test of time. J.D Power gave it an excellent Quality and Reliability rating of 82/100. It is Rated number three overall for small SUVs.

6. Spacious HR-V Interior

The 2024 HR-V may be compact in size but it surprises with its spacious cabin, offering plenty of room for front passengers and rear leg space. With a passenger volume of 98.7 feet and a luggage capacity of 24.4 cubic feet with the back seats up and , the HR-V ensures that everyone and everything can be comfortably accommodated. This makes the HR-V a choice for road trips daily commutes or weekend getaways.

7. Youthful styling

The exterior design of the 2024 Honda HR-V includes:

  • Youthful and modern design

  • Flowing lines

  • Redesigned fascia

  • Slender LED headlights

  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels

With its stylish appearance the HR-V stands out from its competitors and is bound to catch attention wherever you go.

8. Good Value and Resale

In terms of value, the 2024 Honda HR-V strikes a balance between features and affordability, in the subcompact SUV segment. With a starting price of just $25,425, the 2024 HR-V brings a lot of value to the small SUV game. JD Power gives it excellent ratings for resale value, quality and reliability. It is rated #3 in their best small SUV of 2024. Whether you're someone buying a car for the first time or an experienced driver in search of a practical and stylish option, the HR-V is a smart choice that offers great value for your money.

In addition to the HR-V's good value, it is also reasonably priced compared to its competitors. Here is a brief overview of the HR-V trim levels and pricing:

The Honda HR-V is offered in three trims levels: LX, Sport, and EX-L, providing a nice list of standard features and options to cater to different needs and budgets, including the popular Honda HR-V EX-L model.

Base HR-V LX Trim - pricing starts at $25,425

This base model HR-V keeps it affordable with just the essentials. You get Honda Sensing safety tech and an advanced infotainment system, even at the lowest price. Major bang for your buck!

HR-V Sport Trim - pricing starts at $26,975

The new Sport trim adds a sportier look and feel with aggressive styling like a body kit, spoiler, dark wheels, a more dynamic mesh grille and more. Inside it has a Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Ideal for folks wanting that sporty racer aesthetic!

Top EX-L Trims - pricing starts at $28,975

The top trim model - HR-V brings that luxury life with leather seats, navigation, moonroof and premium audio. You'll be riding in style and comfort!

For those who desire a more premium experience, the top-tier EX-L trim includes: 

  • Power sunroof

  • Leather upholstery

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system

  • 9-inch color touchscreen

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Eight-speaker audio system

  • Wireless charging pad

Compared to he competition, the HR-V also has one of the lowest price ranges in its segment:

Honda HR-V: $25,425 to $28,975

Kia Seltos: $25,715 to $31,315

Mazda CX-30: $26,370 to $38,175

Hyundai Kona: $25,435 to $32,985

What We Would Like to See Improved. (The Four Cons)

The new Honda HR-V has many advantages, but it also has some disadvantages that are worth noting. By examining the limitations of the HR-V such as:

  • Limited powertrain options

  • Less cargo space than some competitors

  • Dated infotainment touch screen

  • Less powerful engine than options offered by competitors

The HR-V may not be the ideal car for everyone. This section may help you to make a more informed decision when choosing your next subcompact SUV.

1. Only One Powertrain - Underpowered

The 2024 HR-V is powered by only one engine choice: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission - producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. It is a reliable and efficient vehicle in general, but the absence of other powertrains could be disadvantage for some potential customers.

In contrast, the HR-V's competitors offer more powerful engine options. The Kia Seltos offers 195 horsepower with its turbocharged engine. The Toyota Corolla Cross has 169 HP and the Mazda CX-30 packs 191 to 250 HP with its engine choices. The Hyundai Kona's turbo engine packs 190 Horsepower.

The HR-V's standard 158 HP engine does have more power than the non turbo engines of the Kona (147 HP) and Seltos (146 HP). So if you want the more powerful choice you will have to pay more for the larger engines and turbo options.

2. Fuel Economy Lower than Many Rivals

Although the HR-V includes an Eco Assist system that helps drivers maximize their fuel efficiency, it still falls short compared to some rivals. The HR-V comes with front-wheel drive (Standard) and is estimated to achieve a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway - according to EPA estimates. If you opt for all-wheel drive, there will be a decrease in fuel economy with estimates of 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

In comparison, here are some close competitor numbers:

  • Toyota Corolla Cross: 31 MPG City - 33 MPG Hwy

  • Kia Seltos: 28 MPG City - 34 MPG Hwy

  • Mazda CX-30: 26 MPG City - 33 MPG Hwy

  • Hyundai Kona: 29 MPG City - 32 MPG Hwy

When compared to its rivals the HR-V's fuel economy is a bit lower.

(Source: EPA)

3. Less Cargo Space than Some Competitors

In terms of cargo area, the HR-V is still good for its class but trails some of its competitors. It offers more volume than the Mazda CX-30 but falls short compared to the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Kona. Most rivals have cargo space than the HR-V behind the rear seats, which can be crucial for buyers who care a lot about cargo capacity. 

Cargo volume (cu. ft.) /rear seats folded down:

  • Honda HR-V: 24.4 rear seats up / 55.1 rear seats folded down

  • Toyota Corolla Cross: 24.3 rear seats up / 61.8 rear seats folded down

  • Kia Seltos: 26.6 rear seats up / 62.8 rear seats folded down

  • Mazda CX-30: 20.2 rear seats up / 45.2 rear seats folded down

  • Hyundai Kona: 25.5 rear seats up / 63.7 rear seats folded down

4. Touchscreen Could be Better

Although the 2024 HR-V has its basic infotainment system integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is still far behind other competitors. The HR-V offers an standard 7-inch touchscreen - one of the smallest in its class. If you move to the top of the line EX-L, you get a 9-inch. That is still smaller than many standard screens on rivals. The Hyundai Kona (12.3-inch) and Kia Seltos (10.25-inch) have larger touchscreen displays. The Corolla Cross offers an 8-inch touchscreen but it has "wireless" Android Auto/Apple CarPlay on all models. You have to get the top EX-L model to get wireless on the HR-V

The infotainment system in the HR-V works perfectly fine, it can look old compared to the systems in some of the rivals.

How it Stacks up to the Competition: Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Hyundai Kona SUVs

By comparing it with rival subcompact SUVs such as Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Hyundai Kona, it reveals the true nature of the 2024 Honda HR-V. This will help you to understand the HR-V relative to its competitors and thus gauge where the HR-V stands in the competitive subcompact SUV market.

Vs 2024 Kia Seltos

We believe the HR-V is reliable and roomy, and is a smart buy if you are wanting dependability, efficiency and value over flash. With better predicted reliability and resale value than the Kia Seltos, along with more interior space and slightly better fuel economy, the HR-V excels as an affordable, fuss-free family hauler.

But the Seltos turns up the heat with its turbo engine, aggressive looks and tech-laden cabin. For buyers wanting a bolder, sportier ride with a nicer interior, the Seltos brings performance and style to the table. Just expect to pay more for its perks.

Your choices - the sensible Honda or the stylish Kia? The HR-V nails the basics, while the Seltos woos with its fast and flashy personality. Pick the one that best matches your priorities for a winning SUV choice.

Vs 2024 Mazda CX-30

Our take is that if you're all about dependability and value, the Honda HR-V may be a smart practical pick. This family-friendly ride delivers better predicted reliability and lower ownership costs than the Mazda CX-30. Plus, you get more cargo space and a smoother ride. So if efficiency matters more than performance, the HR-V has your back as an affordable, fuss-free runabout.

But if you crave driving thrills, the CX-30 brings the fun factor. This sporty crossover turns heads with its eye-catching style inside and out. It handles great, packs nicer materials, and offers a zippy turbo engine. The CX-30 is for buyers wanting a youthful personality and punchier performance. Just expect to pay extra for the upgrades.

So what'll it be - practical Honda or playful Mazda? The HR-V values dependability and your dollar, while the CX-30 flaunts flashier driving dynamics. Choose the ride that best fits your priorities and you can't go wrong!

Vs 2024 Hyundai Kona

Here's a brief breakdown of who should consider the Honda HR-V versus the Hyundai Kona:

We believe the Honda HR-V is a great option for buyers who:

  • Prioritize reliability and resale value - The HR-V has better predicted reliability and resale value compared to the Kona

  • Want a smoother, more responsive engine - The HR-V's engine offers better refinement compared to the Kona

  • Value a comfortable and quiet ride - The HR-V has a more comfortable ride quality over bumps

  • Don't need a turbocharged engine - The HR-V only offers a naturally aspirated engine, while the Kona has a turbo option

  • Prefer simple, straightforward styling - The HR-V has a more conservative exterior design compared to the bold Kona

We think the Hyundai Kona is better suited for buyers who:

  • Want a turbocharged engine option - The Kona offers a turbo engine for more power

  • Are interested in an electric powertrain - The Kona has hybrid and fully electric variants that the HR-V lacks

  • Prefer edgier, head-turning looks - The Kona has much bolder, aggressive styling compared to the HR-V

  • Prioritize handling and steering feel - The Kona is more fun-to-drive with better handling dynamics

  • Want the latest tech and features - The Kona has a more modern interior design and available features

So in summary, the Honda HR-V caters more towards buyers wanting comfort, efficiency and reliability, while the Hyundai Kona appeals to those seeking performance, technology and stand-out styling.


Should you take the 2024 Honda HR-V for a spin? It depends - Need a trusty sidekick or a tech gadget buddy? The HR-V's got you covered.

If you're Captain Practical wanting space, a smooth ride, and reliability - the HR-V's your trusty sidekick. Its roomy cabin, comfy suspension, and stellar dependability make it an everyday hero.

Or if you're a tech geek like Iron Man, you'll dig the gadgets and gizmos. Just don't expect crazy power under the hood.

Craving Spider-Man's zip? Look elsewhere. The HR-V's not your match. It's no flashy, turbocharged thrill machine.

The HR-V won't join the Justice League with insane power and speed. It quietly steals the show with its efficiency, space, and budget-friendly price. For families, commuters and budget buyers, it can be a superstar.

So if you want a reliable, fun-to-drive small SUV without a wild price tag, take the new HR-V for a spin. With its strengths outweighing its weaknesses, this practical pick could be the everyday hero you need.

Note: This article is based on our research and expert reviews. We are not affiliated with Honda or any other automaker and do not receive any compensation for our reviews. This information is based on our opinions and the opinions of the expert reviewers we have referenced.