Getting lost in a parking lot can be quite fun if you have a car to drive around. Just before leaving for Queretaro on a little road trip with the HR-V, we decided to meet at Plaza Satelite early in the morning to organize and gather everything we needed. There were four of us but we managed to fit everything we had in the spacious trunk. We were all set and ready to hit the road when we ran into a bit of a complication… we did not know how to get out of the parking lot. We started driving around feeling a little hopeless at first but then we thought to make the best of the situation.
The empty parking lot offered a unique opportunity to test the HR-V and the first thing we discovered was its outstanding handling. Being a crossover, the Honda feels like an SUV but it drives like an Accord or a Civic. Its 5.7-meter turning radius is tight enough to sort all corners and it is only 0.3 m wider than the Honda Civic’s. This was actually perfect for the closed spiral ramps in the parking lot. In addition, the HR-V is quite nimble for its size, turning easily without ever feeling heavy. We also tested the rear view camera several times and it proved to be an excellent feature showing all obstacles perfectly. The only thing not very much to my taste were the brakes, since they feel rather heavy.
We finally managed to find the exit and we were shortly on our way. Luckily there was no traffic, so we could rev up the HR-V and find out if it was equally good on the highway. The good news is that once you manage to build up speed, the Honda is responsive and it can cruise phenomenally. Plus, the ACC maintains the car under control if you feel the need to rest your feet for a while. Unfortunately, it takes the car a bit of effort to ramp up. The HR-V has the same continuously variable transmission as the Accord and the Civic, but it is considerably heavier. Therefore, it is no surprise that you feel the engine struggling when you try to suddenly accelerate.
More than three hours on the highway were also excellent to test everything inside the car. Comfort-wise the HR-V gets high marks in the front, but not so much in the back. After a couple of hours, us front passengers started to hear demands coming from the back seat to stop and stretch the legs. In terms of features and infotainment, the car is truly complete and its sound system is clean and precise. The odd thing was finding manual seats for both the driver and the copilot. Overall, the only downside was the same Audio Display System we had already seen in the Civic and the Pilot.
Once in Queretaro, we decided to stop next to the aqueduct and take a few pictures. The HR-V’s attractive frame and unique purple color stood out from the crowd and they captured quite a few looks as we advanced with our photoshoot.
Considerably more approachable than the Honda Pilot, the HR-V is an excellent alternative if you are looking for an SUV with the soul of a sedan. Furthermore, we were utterly surprised when we realized we had only used a tank and a half after our road trip.
At a Glance
- Make: Honda
- Model: HR-V Epic CVT
- Engine:8-liter, 4-cylinder i-VTEC
- Power: 141 Hp @ 6,500 rpms
- Transmission: CVT
- 7’’ Audio Display System
- 3-angle rear view camera
- 3-position sunroof
- HandsFreeLink Interface
- Space 4 You
- Multi-Information Display
Price (At Time of Review)