STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Think of the HR-V as the middle child of Honda's small-wagon lineup. In terms of length, it's exactly half way between the larger CR-V and the smaller Fit. For cargo space, the HR-V tops the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage and it has significantly more interior volume than the Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade. As with the Fit, the HR-V's fuel tank is located in the center of the vehicle beneath the front seats, allowing for a flat floor and ample legroom for rear-seat passengers. As well, the rear seat-bottom folds up, which comes in handy when transporting tall objects. The HR-V's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a continuously variable unit (CVT) with optional paddle shifters that control seven pre-set ratios. The optional all-wheel-drive system stands ready to shift torque to the rear wheels if the fronts begin to slip. Even fully loaded, including a range of active-safety technologies, you can drive a HR-V home for less than 30 grand.
Base price (including destination): $21,500
Type: Four-door compact wagon
Engine (h.p.): 1.8-liter I-4 (141)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 28/34/30 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 2,910