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Why You Should Buy a 2017 Honda HR-V


The 2017 Honda HR-V has become a popular choice for many Canadians since it made its debute two years ago. Based on the Honda Fit model, the HR-V has the compact practicality of a car with a drivability akin to an SUV. And in true Honda form, the interior is spacious in a way that makes sense. In fact, the HR-V offers more cargo space than most large SUVs.

Starting at $20,950, the Honda HR-V is a fuel-efficient cargo titan worth considering!

The 2017 Honda HR-V

Why buy a 2017 Honda HR-V? For starters, it’s got a lot (and we mean a lot) of space. The HR-V’s versatile interior is what sets it apart from competitors like the Mazda CX-3 or Chevy Trax. In the HR-V, owners get up to 1,665 liters of cargo space when the Split 2nd-Row Magic Seats are folded down, which is practically unheard of in a vehicle this size.

The HR-V offers tons of rear legroom and the seats fold and flip different ways so you can play Tetris with whatever awkwardly shaped cargo you need to haul. Plus, Honda’s included cubbies everywhere, like one in the center console and another underneath the front passenger’s seat.

2017 HR-V Performance

The HR-V has a 1.8-litre, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine that offers 141 horsepower and 127 lb. –ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in both the LX and EX models. Buyers can also opt for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which helps with the HR-V’s fuel efficiency ratings (8.3, 6.9 100/km City, Highway).

Honda’s also added another cool feature, Eco Assist, which helps you drive more efficiently. By using colored lights on your speedometer, you can see how your driving patterns and adjust accordingly. The more you stay in the green, the less money you spend at the pumps


The 2017 HR-V comes in five trims: LX-2WD, EX-2WD, LX, EX, EX-L Navi. The LX starts at $20,950 and comes well-equipped; owners enjoy everything from air conditioning, Bluetooth capability, a rear-view camera and LED brake lights.

When you move up to the EX model, you get things like paddle shifters and dual-zone climate control. The EX-L Navi offers everything from leather trimmed seating to roof rails, plus a host of safety technologies including Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.


The 2017 HR-V is loaded with safety tech, including HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency Response System which automatically alerts emergency crews when your airbags have been deployed. The HR-V also features childproof rear door locks, as well as rear seat lower anchors and tethers for children. Six airbags come standard, as does a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines to help you reverse into even the tightest spots.

Why Buy a Honda HR-V

The 2017 HR-V makes a lot of sense for a lot of people. It comes available with all-wheel drive, a plus for any Canadian. And besides having one of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment, it’s also one of the most affordable small SUVs of the bunch.  Starting at just $20,950, the HR-V combines the look and feel of a car with the space and utility of a small SUV.

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