2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
There really haven't been any noticeable changes made to the Honda HR-V for the 2021 model year. This makes sense, given the fact that 2020 brought with it many major updates to the SUV's safety suite and a few tweaks to the available powertrains.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The LX is the most affordable trim. For this reason alone, it's bound to attract some attention. It has a 60/40 split rear bench for versatility, and it rides on 17-inch wheels. It has many advanced safety components so people can stay aware of how they're doing. Remote entry can be very much appreciated, as can Bluetooth.
One of the biggest upgrades when moving to the EX is smartphone compatibility. These days, many customers are specifically looking for vehicles with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so potential buyers are bound to notice this. Another component that people might help boost the EX's popularity is its dual-zone climate control and blind spot monitoring.
A step up from the EX is the EX-L. It has a nicer interior than its counterpart has; it has leather on its seats and a power-operated tailgate. Both front seats are power-adjustable, and the rearview mirror can automatically dim if it senses bright lights.
With the Touring, there are a number of advantages. The steering wheel is heated to provide one more source of warmth in the winter. The wheels measure 19 inches, and the power tailgate can be opened in a hands-free manner. In terms of technology, the navigation and wireless charging on this model will draw the attention of many.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Since the EX comes with smartphone compatibility, it could prove to be the most popular trim. It's still relatively affordable, but it has several extra features that can be used on a daily basis. The EX-L and Touring really do feel more upscale, so there will be a certain type of customer who will be intrigued by what they have to offer. On the other hand, the LX is somewhat more basic, but it would be perfect for someone who doesn't need any extras and simply wants a reliable and spacious two-row SUV.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Bluetooth is a standard component on the Honda. It allows people to stream audio and make calls without taking their hands away from their steering wheels. While the base model is limited to having a five-inch touchscreen, all the other trims have seven-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, they have SiriusXM to give passengers the opportunity to choose from dozens of radio stations. Multiple charging ports can be convenient and practical, given the number of devices that households have.
On the EX-L, the audio system is upgraded to an eight-speaker configuration from a six-speaker one. On the Touring, the infotainment package has been enhanced with integrated navigation, and it has nine speakers as part of its sound system, to include a subwoofer.
How Does It Perform?
Powering the Honda HR-V is a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.5 liters. It delivers 190 horsepower, allowing the SUV to feel pretty agile. Torque is 179 pound-feet. When Hill Start Assist is engaged, the vehicle will keep itself from rolling backwards when stopped on a slope. Driving is generally smooth, thanks to a continuously variable transmission.
In any of the trims, there's the option to get all-wheel drive. This would make the vehicle better suited for rugged terrain, though it's certainly not designed for the extremely rough trails.
Note that there's also a hybrid version of the HR-V. It uses a slightly smaller gas-powered engine than the traditional powertrain uses, but it has the addition of an electric motor. It's able to create a net horsepower of 212.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Every Honda HR-V has multiple safety systems in place. The passive components are those that will be important if the vehicle is ever involved in an accident. They include the three-point seatbelts in every position, air bags in several locations, and the LATCH system.
There are active components as well. These can make adjustments to improve stability, warn people when they're approaching another vehicle too quickly or veering out of their lanes, and turn on the high beams when it's particularly dark in a certain area. With automatic emergency braking, it's less likely that the HR-V will end up rear-ending another vehicle. Most trims also have blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic monitoring to provide additional information about potential obstacles.
What's the Interior Like?
There is plenty of space inside the cabin of the 2021 HR-V. Leg room in the second row is 40.4 inches, coming very close to the amount of room offered in the front row. The cargo area in the back has a volume of nearly 40 cubic feet, and it can be expanded to about 75 cubic feet by lowering the rear seats. It's quite simple to lower the seats, so this transition can be made quickly.
Many trims have heated front seats to add some warmth to the cabin in the colder months. The two higher trims have leather upholstery, while the others have fabric. An automatic climate system is convenient to use, as are the various storage compartments placed around the cabin.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?SUVs are very popular, so there are many competitors to the 2021 Honda HR-V. They include the Toyota RAV4, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Kona.
Note: All Honda HR-V lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.