The 2018 Honda HR-V: A Sub-Compact SUV Worth Every Cent

In recent years, the sub-compact SUV market has absolutely boomed. People love possessing rugged, masculine vehicles with off-roading capabilities in smaller, delicate packages. There’s also an insatiable need to possess a car with good cargo space. Look no further than the 2018 Honda HR-V. This impressive vehicle comes equipped with all of the traits described above…and much, much more. Simply put, those in the market for a sub-compact SUV will do quite well with this year’s model of the HR-V.

There are three configurations of the 2018 Honda HR-V: LX, EX, and EX-L. The base LX has a respectable starting price of $19,670. Following in line is the EX ($21,720) and the EX-L ($25,140). A six-speed manual transmission and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard with all models. With that said, a CTV can be equipped to the LX and EX models (already included in EX-L). This car is renowned for gas mileage — as it accrues estimates of 25 miles-per-gallon within city driving and 33 miles-per-gallon on the highway. The CTV offers slightly better fuel economy — as it gets 28 miles-per-gallon in city driving and 34 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

Seven bold colors (Aegean Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Misty Green Pearl, Mulberry Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red) accentuate the car’s robust yet understatedly elegant frame. Regal 17″ alloy wheels are fitted neatly on all sides of the vehicle.

When compared to other competitors in its class, the 2018 Honda HR-V has exceptional leg room in the second row. This is one of the strongest pluses of the car in general. It comfortably houses three adults without problem. Though standard seating is fashioned with cloth upholstery, leather trimmed seats are available for an upgrade. The cabin ride itself is also on the quieter side. Total capacity for cargo space is 58.8 cubic feet (with the second row folded down). As normally constituted, one will enjoy 24.3 cubic feet of room.

A 5″ interface system is placed in each base model — as is a four-speaker audio system and multi-angle rearview camera. There are upgrades for those wanting enhancements in the cabin (such as a larger 7″ screen, six speakers, an additional USB port, and a blind-spot monitoring mechanism).

From a safety standpoint, the IIHS gave the 2018 Honda HR-V “GOOD” marks in four of the major safety tests. The NHTSA offered 5-star denotations in overall rating and side crash, and 4-star marks in rollover and frontal crash. Multiple publications have the 2018 Honda HR-V as a top-five vehicle from a safety standpoint in its class. U.S. News & World Report — a very reputable car review service — rated the car as the ‘Best Subcompact SUV for the Money.’ As one can see, this year’s version of the HR-V holds terrific value.

As outlined above, there are plenty of reasons the 2018 Honda HR-V is so highly regarded within the sub-compact SUV market. Prospective car buyers will be getting an affordable, stylish, and safe vehicle with a number of exciting facets.

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