For a new entrant into a new automotive niche, the Honda HR-V is an impressive effort. It does well on everything you’d expect a subcompact crossover to do. And it has one of the roomiest interiors of any car in its class. Overall, the Honda HR-V is an impressive value and a highly useful crossover.

The exterior styling is refreshing, with a nice mix of both curves and angles, giving the HR-V a unique look and allowing it to stand out in a field of sometimes difficult to distinguish competitors. The HR-V is an all-new design. Yet it has perhaps most in common with the best-selling Honda Civic. And there are ample external styling cues to this effect. The front fascia is Civic-like in its up-beat assertiveness. And the contours of the body are also reminiscent of Honda’s time-tested compact.

But the HR-V is still its own car. It sits nearly as high as most SUVs and has the road handling of a larger vehicle. It also has considerably more interior space than any compact car. With its Magic Seat configuration, there are few loads the HR-V can’t accommodate.

The power train packs a bit less punch than some of the HR-V’s competitors. Yet given the vehicle’s low weight, it still has plenty of performance for most applications. The 1.8 liter, inline four-cylinder engine produces 141 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. While this may seem like weak power numbers, when married to the continuously variable transmission, the engine can propel the HR-V from 0 to 60 in just 8.5 seconds. The road handling characteristics are not earth-shattering yet are respectable for a vehicle of its type. All wheel drive will cost you extra.

The fuel mileage is quite impressive, however. Getting 38 miles per gallon on the highway and nearly 30 in the city, the HR-V is close to the top of the ranks among crossovers for fuel economy. While it would be nice to have a little more power and standard all wheel drive, overall, the HR-V is a solid performer.

The interior is, like most other Honda products, competent and tastefully understated. The cloth seats are among the nicest of any car on the market, with a space-age, almost leather-like material. Some people are not fans of the all-touch-screen interior. This is one of the few interiors that has nearly completely done away with physical buttons and knobs. Once gotten used to, this can actually be a nice setup, requiring less effort for inputs, on average. The driver’s display is dominated by three large analogue gauges that are both visually appealing and easily readable.

The HR-V starts at just $20,000 and compares favorably in price with its competitors.

Why leasing a Honda HR-V could be the right choice for you

Many people are hesitant to lease their vehicle. But the truth is that leasing carries many strong benefits over buying. Perhaps the greatest of these is the dramatic reduction in immediate and near term costs that leasing provides.

Today, a new Honda HR-V can be leased for as little as $150 per month. The same car, when bought on a bank loan, may have payments of three times that. Additionally, the down payment associated with buying the car with a loan will often run into the thousands of dollars. A typical lease deal only requires a few hundred dollars in drive-away costs, some of which the lesee gets back at the end of the lease, in the form of a security deposit.

These dramatic reductions in cost can allow people who would not otherwise be able to afford new car to acquire one. This can be of great benefit to those who rely on their personal transportation to earn a living. There simply is no substitute for the confidence and security that comes with driving a brand new car.

Be sure to check out current lease deals on a Honda HR-V today.

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