Casual car buyers might confuse the Honda HR-V for the CR-V, its slightly larger, older crossover sibling in Honda's stable of SUVs. The subcompact crossover, smaller and slightly more efficient than the CR-V, only went on sale here in the U.S. in 2015 as a response to booming demand for compact but high-riding vehicles that offer a mix of utility and fuel economy. The HR-V is built on the same platform as the Honda Fit subcompact but is closer to the CR-V in its ride height, wheelbase and length. Because Honda likes to affix a meaning behind its acronym nomenclature — and in case you want to trot this out at your next cocktail party — HR-V stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle. The HR-V comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L Navi. Two more trim models are coming for 2019, and the option of manual transmission goes away; stick-shift is available in the 2018 HR-V on front-wheel-drive versions only of the LX and EX. Should you buy one? Read on. Autoblog's buyer's guide aim to help you make an educated decision about buying popular models like the 2018 Honda HR-V. We'll include safety and reliability ratings, engine specs and horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. We'll also summarize what Autoblog's professional reviewers think of the HR-V. Is the 2018 Honda HR-V safe? In its crash-test ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 HR-V an overall rating of five stars, the highest possible. The HR-V gets four stars for protecting passengers in frontal crashes, five stars in side crashes and four of five stars for rollover crashes. Over at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which puts cars through its own bevy of smash-'em-up tests, the 2018 HR-V earns only an "acceptable" rating on its small-overlap driver-side test (it wasn't rated for passenger-side protection, one of IIHS' newer tests). IIHS gives the compact crossover "good" ratings on most of the other crash tests — moderate front overlap, roof strength, etc. Headlights, a new area of scrutiny, earn a "poor" rating, while the child-seat LATCH anchor ease of use are rated "marginal." Visit the NHTSA and IIHS websites to review ratings on the specific vehicle you're researching, since ratings may differ for CR-V models from other years. How reliable is the Honda HR-V? J.D. Power gives the 2018 Honda HR-V two out of five stars for both overall quality and overall performance and design. Its survey of Initial Quality Study data gives high marks to the crossover's powertrain and its features and accessories such as its navigation and HVAC system, but lower marks for things like the design of interior and body elements and ease of operating certain controls. That said, Autoblog has raised concerns about the way J.D. Power weighs serious and less-serious reliability issues. You can read more about that here. NHTSA reports no recalls of the 2018 HR-V. How much interior and cargo room is inside the Honda HR-V? Front-seat headroom in the HR-V …
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