The interior of the Honda HR-V takes a leaf from the Civic's playbook and adopts the same chrome-accented horizontal honeycomb-mesh strip across the dashboard that incorporates the air vents, with a large landscape-style infotainment screen above it. It's more integrated and uniform, and gone are the mish-mash of differently shaped air vents and the long reach to the infotainment screen. It's a lot more upmarket inside and looks modern and contemporary. The quality of materials is beyond reproach and the controls fall easily to hand. Honda has successfully transferred everything that makes the Civic dashboard great to the HR-V, quality materials and solid construction included.
The front seats in the Honda HR-V have very firm padding that can seem stiff and uncomfortable at first and this is definitely a case of try before you buy, so try to go for an extended test drive. General support is good - although lumbar support is lacking somewhat - and the firmness will bother some people more than others. The stiff cushions are somewhat offset by the good ride quality. The rear seats actually feel softer and more inviting by comparison. Access is easy through big doors, and because of the large glasshouse, outward visibility is very good - a refreshing trait in a world where style often takes precedence over function and some crossovers present you with a letterbox rear screen to peer through.
Seating is provided for five people, and although the old HR-V was already commendably roomy inside, Honda says the new, bigger model further improves on this. But a careful look at the figures reveals that it's no bigger than before and some measurements are, in fact, worse. Rear headroom is down only 0.3 inches, and rear legroom is 1.6 inches worse at 37.7 inches, but that is still a good figure, considering the size of the car. Rear-seat passengers may feel a little forgotten, though, because they don't get USB ports, ventilation vents, or even a fold-down armrest in any of the trims.
|Honda HR-V Trims||LX||Sport||EX-L|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||38.4 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38 in.||38 in.||38 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.9 in.||41.9 in.||41.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.7 in.||37.7 in.||37.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.5 in.||56.5 in.||56.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.2 in.||55.2 in.||55.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54 in.||54 in.||54 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||47.4 in.||47.4 in.||47.4 in.|
The available interior colors for the Honda HR-V amount to a grand total of two. The LX gets gray or black cloth seats depending on exterior color selected, with gray used on the otherwise black interior's passenger-facing dash panel, center console, and door armrests. The Sport gets cloth upholstery, too but is all-black inside. The EX-L is available in either black or gray, but the seats in this trim are upholstered in perfroated leather.
Honda claims that the new Honda HR-V has more trunk space than before, which is impressive, considering the old one had 24.3 cubic feet. Indeed, trunk volume has crept up incrementally to 24.4 cubes, but total utility space with the second row folded comes to 55.1 cubes - this is actually 3.7 cubes down on the outgoing model. In a bid to bless the new HR-V with better ride quality and handling dynamics, Honda had to abandon the supremely space-efficient Fit platform in exchange for the Civic's independent rear suspension. This necessitated a significantly bigger body just to more or less match the old HR-V cabin and luggage capacity. Had Honda been able to keep the rear Magic Seat, it would have been a net gain, but not being able to flip up the rear seat bases anymore to load bulky items crosswise behind the rear seats is a definite step back in practicality. At least the lift-over height has been reduced a bit.
Cabin storage is decent enough, with a fairly large lidded center-console compartment and an average-sized glovebox, but the door pockets aren't very big. Front-seat passengers get two cupholders ahead of the shifter lever and a rubberized space ahead of that, ideal for storing a mobile phone - this doubles as the wireless charging pad found on the EX-L.
The 2023 HR-V is well-equipped, and features that are standard on the base trim include keyless entry with push-button start, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12V power outlet in the trunk, cruise control, single-zone automatic climate control, a manually adjustable tilting/telescoping steering column, manually adjustable front seats with height adjustment for the driver, and most of the items in the Honda Sensing driver-assistance suite, including front-collision warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and traffic-sign recognition. Higher trims add more features, such as blind-spot monitoring, power seats, leather trim, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, a moonroof, and wireless charging for smartphones.
The infotainment system in the base HR-V LX comprises a seven-inch touchscreen and comes with Bluetooth audio streaming, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three USB ports (one front port for phone mirroring and two center-console charging ports), and a 180W audio system with four speakers. The same system is fitted to the Sport, but with two extra speakers. The EX-L gets a substantially upgraded setup with a nine-inch touchscreen and adds wireless functionality to the smartphone mirroring, SiriusXM, and HD Radio. An additional two speakers become standard, for a total of eight.
The HR-V's trunk accommodates 24.4 cubic feet of luggage, which expands to 55.1 cubes with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down.
The HR-V has seats for five occupants. There is plenty of room for four, but the fifth in the center rear will be a little pinched and robs all the rear-seat occupants of shoulder room.