Alternately, the split rear seatbacks can flop forward, as can the front passenger seatback. All of those figures are at or near the top of the class. On our straight, flat, and traffic-choked drive route in South Florida, the HR-V didn’t display much verve for cornering—although it didn’t have much opportunity to do so beyond an aggressively taken on-ramp or two. Compared to the Fit, the HR-V is nearly 400 pounds heavier by Honda’s measurements.
Honda is showing more hustle than usual with the new 2016 HR-V, getting into this game in the still-early innings. The cabin is much wider, the windshield isn’t miles away, and the interior design and materials are better. If you never looked behind you, you could easily be convinced that this is a new CR-V. Indeed, the HR-V is substantially larger than the wee Fit. Even when it’s not showing off its gymnastic flexibility, the HR-V boasts the largest cargo hold among its peers, whether that’s behind the rear seats or with that row folded. Inner Space The HR-V’s real talents lie elsewhere—chiefly in its people- and cargo-carrying capacity.
According to the EPA, the automatic returns 28/35 mpg with front-wheel drive, beating the manual by 3 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway; the CVT-only AWD model nets ratings of 27/32 mpg. The HR-V follows the Fit’s lead in cleverly placing the fuel tank under the front seats, which allows the rear seat cushion to flip up, creating a practical space for ferrying taller objects. Solid Feel Whereas the CR-V is based on the Civic, the HR-V shares its platform with the Fit subcompact.