The 2020 Honda Hrv Redesign handles well and its standard AWD gives off-road ability as well, though only the turbo model offers spirited performance.
With standard heated front seats, keyless entry and advanced safety equipment, we think the midtier EX gives you the best bang for the buck. It doesn’t cost too much more than the base LX, so the numerous added features represent a pretty good value. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the central touchscreen are also included at this level.
By the very nature of their size, subcompact crossover SUVs can’t offer the practical benefits as larger SUVs. Check the spec sheets and you’ll find that many don’t even have as much cargo space as similarly priced compact hatchbacks. The 2020 Honda HR-V is one vehicle that does a great job of overcoming its size limitations, however. A thoughtful interior layout that includes the second-row Magic Seat that can flip up so you can carry tall items gives the HR-V more passenger room and greater storage space than others in the class.
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Honda has also made improvements this year. New front and rear styling cues differentiate the 2020 HR-V from the last year, but you’ll probably more interested in the expanded list of features. This includes a volume knob (the car had an annoying-to-use touch-sensitive volume slider before) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality for the 7-inch touchscreen. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver safety features is another new addition for EX trims and above. Shoppers looking for additional luxuries will be pleased with the new Touring trim, which bolsters the HR-V with LED headlights and foglights, alongside a power-adjustable driver seat and navigation system.
Unfortunately, The HR-V’s underpowered engine is the same for 2020. Though fuel-efficient, the HR-V is slow and noisy when you mash the gas. Honda has also discontinued the manual transmission. We doubt many people were opting for it, but it helped make the most of the HR-V’s available power. Overall, though, the HR-V’s exceptional utility makes this pint-sized Honda a top pick in the class.
2020 Honda HR-V configurations
The 2020 HR-V is the least expensive crossover in Honda’s stable, but thanks to the number of features offered, it doesn’t have to feel like an econobox special. There are five trim levels available: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. All three models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 127 pound-feet of torque) and a CVT automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models except the Touring, which comes with the other models’ optional all-wheel drive system.
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Standard feature highlights for the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with Honda’s Magic Seat feature, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
The Sport adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, roof rails, black-painted exterior trim, active noise cancellation, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 7-inch touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system with an additional USB port and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.
The EX trim adds a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a passenger-side blind-spot camera (Honda’s LaneWatch), and satellite and HD radio. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning and mitigation and adaptive cruise control) is also standard. It does without the Sport’s styling features and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
Next up is the EX-L, which comes with leather upholstery, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Lastly, the range-topping Touring comes with unique wheels, LED headlights and foglights, an eight-way power driver seat and a navigation system with voice recognition
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda HR-V EX-L w/Navigation (1.8L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).
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NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current HR-V has received some revisions, including a revised infotainment system and additional optional safety features for 2020. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s HR-V, however.
The best value in 2020 Honda Hrv Redesign is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.