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I have the 2016 HR-V, and here's what i am still angry about for the 5 years driving it:
  • Poor quality, especially electronics (broken constant-velocity joint right from the factory, infotainment replaced, AC repaired, switch for folding side mirrors replaced, lambda probe replaced, now the issue with ingition button for keyless entry...)
  • Huge gaps between hood/trunk and the rest of the body where debris and leaves always get stuck
  • Infotainment refused to screen-mirror every Samsung phone i had over the 5 years and did not work even with my wife's iPhone
  • Every bump in the road is felt really HARD in the interior
  • Poor acceleration
  • Fragile windshield
  • Low-power 1A USB ports
  • Lack of USB ports for passengers in the back
  • Seats not comfortable for long trips
  • Hard trunk cargo cover instead of the soft retractable one like the CR-Vs have
  • AC have sometimes problem to cool the car in hot summer months
But there are still practical sides that i like about it (and probably the only reason i did not get rid of this car years ago, combined with my wife telling me not to dare sell "hers" Harvey....):
  • Good fuel consumption (about 4,8L per 100 Km combined, 5,1L in city)
  • Great trunk space for compact SUV
  • Lots of room on the rear seats
  • Variability of folding the rear seats
  • Rear camera
Looking back, would i buy it again? HELL NO! As much i like the practical side of the HR-V, every time a new error code appears in front of me i wish i would have waited until they came up with the mid-gen facelift upgrade to get a reliable HR-V instead of this piece of junk... Or i should have waited a year until Peugeot came up with the second generation of 3008 and 5008. When my 2000 Civic gives way, i plan to buy Peugeot 5008 as our new family car.... The experience with my HR-V and dealing with my Honda dealership completely destroyed my trust in Honda. We've had Honda cars in our family for decades, my father had Accord, then CR-V, my mother had Jazz (Fit). Civic has been my first car and as much as i like the look of 10th gen Civic, i won't buy a car from Honda ever again.
 

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I have the 2016 HR-V, and here's what i am still angry about for the 5 years driving it:
  • Poor quality, especially electronics (broken constant-velocity joint right from the factory, infotainment replaced, AC repaired, switch for folding side mirrors replaced, lambda probe replaced, now the issue with ingition button for keyless entry...)
  • Huge gaps between hood/trunk and the rest of the body where debris and leaves always get stuck
  • Infotainment refused to screen-mirror every Samsung phone i had over the 5 years and did not work even with my wife's iPhone
  • Every bump in the road is felt really HARD in the interior
  • Poor acceleration
  • Fragile windshield
  • Low-power 1A USB ports
  • Lack of USB ports for passengers in the back
  • Seats not comfortable for long trips
  • Hard trunk cargo cover instead of the soft retractable one like the CR-Vs have
  • AC have sometimes problem to cool the car in hot summer months


  • Let me be pro-Honda for a moment..
  • Poor quality, especially electronics (broken constant-velocity joint right from the factory, infotainment replaced, AC repaired, switch for folding side mirrors replaced, lambda probe replaced, now the issue with ingition button for keyless entry...) CV joint sounds like an issue in shipping, and here in the US the rest would have likely been repaired under warranty
  • Huge gaps between hood/trunk and the rest of the body where debris and leaves always get stuck - really? Did you look at the vehicle before you purchased it?
  • Infotainment refused to screen-mirror every Samsung phone i had over the 5 years and did not work even with my wife's iPhone - Mirroring was never promised in this generation
  • Every bump in the road is felt really HARD in the interior - A test drive would have shown the nature of the ride
  • Poor acceleration - See above
  • Fragile windshield - It is glass, yes it is fragile. And after the first one, likely replaced non by Honda
  • Low-power 1A USB ports - Common for a 2016 vehicle...
  • Lack of USB ports for passengers in the back - easily solved with a $3 USB cigarette lighter charger
  • Seats not comfortable for long trips - test drive (3rd mention)
  • Hard trunk cargo cover instead of the soft retractable one like the CR-Vs have - Seems more sturdy to me, personal preference
  • AC have sometimes problem to cool the car in hot summer months - It gets 37C here, and I have no issues with the cooling in my 2016 HRV - perhaps the repair mentioned above was sub-standard or they didn't provide enough refrigerant on the recharge?
 

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Ok, so to reply to your pro-Honda comments:
  • CV joint problem took me almost 3 months of in and out of dealership, since they always said the car is fine and almost immediately after i picked it out it started acting up again. Only on 3rd visit and longer test-drive with the mechanic the issue finally resurfaced (i have created separate thread on this issue back in 2016). Was less than amused when the dealership told me that they will get replacement CV joint in 5 months. I was less than amused and have taken this issue up as unacceptable to Honda Motor Europe CZ, then they contacted the dealership and told them to replace the whole halfaxle. That finally solved it in warranty (the car has been 4 months old, so....). Less than impressed with Honda's quality control on this one.
  • Huge gaps - Yes, i did look at it and the alignment of hood and trunk has not been even and i forced the dealership to realign it so the hood and trunk are at least even, but the gaps left are still HUGE and i have not seen such giant gaps on newer production HR-Vs each time i have been in the dealership, so it is probably issue of the first production runs and again, i am less than impressed with Honda's quality control.
  • Mirroring of selected apps WAS promised in this generation via mirrorlink (yes, i have read the brochure before purchase thoroughly), but never got it to work even through several smartphones, so again less than impressed with Honda's skill where infotainment is concerned.
  • Bumps on the road - If you only take test drive for the short time and you don't have lots of years of experience with different car brands and types, this will tell you exactly nothing unless you drive through a very bad road.
  • Acceleration - Yes it is 1.6l Diesel in a rather heavy and not very aerodynamic car, so i wasn't expecting miracles, but this thread asks for dislikes. This is what i can live with since the good MPG ratio has been my priority, but it is still pain especially when you need to take over someone on the highway really fast and the car just doesn't have the power to do it really fast ;)
  • Lack of USB ports for passengers - I have an car camera adapter plugged in the charger in the back, since the front lighter charger is already occupied by high-power USB adapter for charging. Again, i can live with this but i dislike the lack of the USB ports in the back.
  • Seats not comfortable for long trips - How especially is the usual short 10 km test drive supposed to help me discover the seats are not comfortable when i spend 200+ km and several hours sitting in them? This is not a valid argument at all.
I can live with all the cons of the HR-V, but the biggest issue i have is with the poor quality and lack of decent quality control on Honda's side. And the HR-V is proof to me that Honda makes good and reliable motors, but they can't make decent electronics that is up to speed for example to Skoda (2016 Skoda Octavia have a WAY better and reliable infotainment than Honda's of the same date). The problems i have experienced with my HR-V i would expect from Dacia that costs half the price, not from way more expensive Honda.
 

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I picked up our June built 2021 about a week ago for my wife - her Kia got rear-ended a few weeks ago and totaled (no injuries, thankfully, just picked up the check from the offender's insurance co today)...... no major complaints/hates...... a little more interior storage would be be nice, but it's adequate. More power would be nice, but it;s fun enough in Sport mode using the paddles, and, my wife doesn't care.....My DD is a 15 Fit LX with a 6spd manual, she'd been driving that for a coupe of weeks .......the HRV is smooth, quiet, comfortable....my Fit is kinda rowdy in it's way, but, hey, it's mine,,,,,OH, my major dislike is that it doesn't have the lane watch cameras on B(TH sides .....c'mon, Honda, folks change lanes both directions, yes? Love it so far
 

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My biggest dislike is probably the windshield wiper settings. I believe there are only 4 different ones on my 2016 HR-V and none of them seem to be the speed I need at the time. Also, why are the headlights not automatic? The 2005 Ford Explorer I traded in had automatic headlights. I would have thought it was a standard feature in a 2016 vehicle. Lastly, the storage space in the center console. What, it holds my sunglasses and some spare change. Useless.
All in all though, I have been happy with my used HR-V. Had it since last August. Hopefully it will last a while.
 

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Hmmm..... dislike the headrest they are tilted too far forward for Malaysian models.

Rear suspension is cost saving ..... going over a hump, the rear suspension goes over and then lands with a thump. There is one particular bridge which i go through daily from my home to work and i must not go above 60km/h or the suspension will land with a thump. Tried it with my other car and there is no sound from the rear suspension on that car.

Center console - way too tiny!

Cargo area light - should have 2 instead of 1 only. Can be quite dark when you are searching for stuff.

Auto headlights can't be switched off permanently.
 

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The Fuel Flap does not unlock with the Central Locking.
No 'Maintenance' mode for the Windscreen wipers, very handy when washing the vehicle or when changing the blades which I tend to do twice a year.
Drivers seat does not go back far or low enough.
Key has to be in the ignition to use the 12v sockets (which is also a plus for me!).
Ice Warning light, only comes on for a few seconds (blink and you'll miss it!), instead of staying on until the Warning is no longer relevant, as with my previous vehicle.
Glovebox is of the 'drop in bucket style' instead of the more useful and easier to use shelf type.
No light in the glovebox, not even on European models!!!!
No sunglasses holder - since rectified!
No cupholders in the rear seat arm rest.
Lack of lumbar support on drivers seat.
No seat back pocket on the drivers seat - since rectified!
 

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My complaints after 20 months of ownership are:

No glove box light.
Only one cargo space light, an overhead one would compliment the current side mounted light.
Cannot use any accessories other than the radio when the vehicle is parked. Have to turn ignition (keyless) on fully to use windows - wipers - fan etc.
Absolutely detest the "donut" spare tyre. :mad:
Also detest the way in which the infotainment screen attracts particles.
All interior lights should be LED from the factory. :rolleyes:
Absolutely abhor my radiator, the level drops out of sight despite it being an enclosed system. Why does it not siphon the water back the overflow bottle as it cools down. Dealership says it tests fine. :eek:
No air conditioning vents whatsoever for the rear seat passengers.
 

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Some of the 'dislikes' are market and spec dependent; autolights are standard across the range in the UK. Same goes for LED interior lights, the only ones not LED in my HR-V were the boot and sun visor mirror. In fact I've got a blue downlight LED in the rear passenger light housing that comes on with the headlights, which I cannot find any reference to in either the owner's manual or brochure, and which seems l no one else has. I've asked!
 

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My complaints after 20 months of ownership are:

No glove box light.
Only one cargo space light, an overhead one would compliment the current side mounted light.
Cannot use any accessories other than the radio when the vehicle is parked. Have to turn ignition (keyless) on fully to use windows - wipers - fan etc.
Absolutely detest the "donut" spare tyre. :mad:
Also detest the way in which the infotainment screen attracts particles.
All interior lights should be LED from the factory. :rolleyes:
Absolutely abhor my radiator, the level drops out of sight despite it being an enclosed system. Why does it not siphon the water back the overflow bottle as it cools down. Dealership says it tests fine. :eek:
No air conditioning vents whatsoever for the rear seat passengers.
Full-size spares are going away, some cars don't even have spares, some BMWs I know of, and my Chevy Bolt don't have one, but both have other means ... one has run-flat the other self-sealing tires.
The reason for that is that flats are rare. I have not had one at least in 4-5 years, I can't recall when was the last time I had to put on a spare. Spares take up a lot of room and add weight to the vehicle that you haul around all the time. We are in a who gets the best MPG competitive world. If you have a doughnut, that is good enough.
Radiator: fill it when it's cold and leave it alone. If it does not leak it's fine. There is no need to keep opening it and checking it.
All infotainment screens are magnets for dust - something about static electricity and just being out in the open in plain sight. - normal.
Rear AC ducts: no need for one. The cabin volume is relatively small. This is not a three-row suburban. Front center vents blow plenty of air to the back, there are also under seat vent ducts that channel air to the rear, be it heat, fresh or cold air.
 

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Full-size spares are going away, some cars don't even have spares, some BMWs I know of, and my Chevy Bolt don't have one, but both have other means ... one has run-flat the other self-sealing tires.
The reason for that is that flats are rare. I have not had one at least in 4-5 years, I can't recall when was the last time I had to put on a spare. Spares take up a lot of room and add weight to the vehicle that you haul around all the time. We are in a who gets the best MPG competitive world. If you have a doughnut, that is good enough.

I don't know about the USA, but here in Australia blow outs are not uncommon even in suburban and country settings. I sure as hell wouldn't want to caught on the "Marlborough Straight" - crossing the Nullabor or the back blocks of Queensland - Western Australia or Northern Territory, then having to drive hundreds of kilometers on a donut to a service station that may not even stock a tire size to suit my vehicle.

Radiator: fill it when it's cold and leave it alone. If it does not leak it's fine. There is no need to keep opening it and checking it.

The radiator system on today's cars are a closed system, as such they are meant to release water into the overflow bottle when the water gets hot and expands. As the engine and the water cools downs the radiator is meant siphon that expelled water back into the radiator, thereby keeping it full.
Mine does not siphon back when it cools down. Now how far below the filler neck the water level is heaven knows, I cannot see any water at all. There has to be to an air leak somewhere in the system for that to happen, whether it be in the radiator itself or a hose or hose connection point, the point is the closed radiator system is not working as it should.


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Agree... Of course, if you are in an environment where flats/blowouts are frequent, having a full-size spare could be a necessity, I agree, I would get one. A doughnut is meant to get you to safety, it does not have the load or speed rating as a full-size tire.

I would try a new radiator cap first. If a radiator pressure testing tool is available, it also has a radiator cap testing attachment. It should be easy to test. If not just buy a cap.
Or, you could have a leak somewhere and the level just keeps dropping.
Checking the hose btw the radiator and the bottle should be easy.
 

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I have a difficult time making calls. When I say, “Call Joe Smith”, I hear “Pardon? No response was heard”.
Anyone else have this issue?
I work from my car, so this is a problem
Yep, I get this sometimes. Usually, restarting the HRV will connect with the Bluetooth again and fix it. Not sure why this happens. Or with HRV running, you can disconnect the Bluetooth from HRV screen and then reconnect. If it continues, you can always add your Voice tags back. I only have five entered so does not take long.
 

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I was looking at CRVs online for weeks and got a ride two hours one way to check two out in Roseburg. While there looked at several and just for the heck of it, checked out the HRV. I saw online the feature of the backseats going up for taller items that needed transport. I drove and liked the HRV but was in a parking lot at the fairgrounds when I test drove it. (Still shaky about driving after totaling my CRV. hadn't driven yet since the accident) So I did not notice the wavy windshield. I was burned out after looking at so many cars that day and online. Went for lunch and just decided to get the one I did.
I'm not asking anyone here to fix my car problems! What gave you that idea? The title to the section I found and answered to is "Dislikes about Honda HRVs - let's hear it!" so that is what I did. I didn't ask for anyone here to fix it. I wondered if others had the problem of the windshield since I spent all day waiting for it to be replaced and the new one had the same problem.
I live in a small town on the west coast. It's over a half hour to the local Honda dealer and two hours to the place I bought mine. There are many extremely foggy days here and sometimes the fog is so dense we depend on seeing the white lines to let us know where we are on the road. When the lines swoop into the car, it is disorienting and dangerous at night in fog or if another car's headlights make it hard to see.
I don't know that much about engines. But I do know the CRV felt more solid on the road. I am getting 33.6 MPG on the highway and 28 + in town. CRV was 27 overall.
I don't know what your talking about I'm 6 foot 1 and find none of the problems you described in my 2018 hrv I will say the sales man at executive Honda in Wallingford lied about damage saying it was dirt and he would have it cleaned if I bought the car his name is walhee he is not to be trusted again and after having paid cash I still don't have my title 6 months later. the price was not bad it had 35k miles. I paid 22.350 since then I've added 10k but I drive across the country. My only complaint is limited leg space can't fully extend my driving leg and I sit all the way back I'm a good three feet from chest to wheel. When testing driving you might not realize you need that space but you do for 12 hour drives compared to my Mercedes Benz c230 the space is more accustomed to an Asian driver not Anglo-Saxon vikings. Will be replacing my seat with after market in order to go further back another 4k but other then Asian design for comfort I like it a lot. I have awd wish it was 4 wheel
 

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I don't know what your talking about I'm 6 foot 1 and find none of the problems you described in my 2018 hrv I will say the sales man at executive Honda in Wallingford lied about damage saying it was dirt and he would have it cleaned if I bought the car his name is walhee he is not to be trusted again and after having paid cash I still don't have my title 6 months later. the price was not bad it had 35k miles. I paid 22.350 since then I've added 10k but I drive across the country. My only complaint is limited leg space can't fully extend my driving leg and I sit all the way back I'm a good three feet from chest to wheel. When testing driving you might not realize you need that space but you do for 12 hour drives compared to my Mercedes Benz c230 the space is more accustomed to an Asian driver not Anglo-Saxon vikings. Will be replacing my seat with after market in order to go further back another 4k but other then Asian design for comfort I like it a lot. I have awd wish it was 4 wheel
as a fellow tall person (6'4"), I had to put in seat rail extenders from ExtendMySeat.com . They were excellent, and I would have sold the car if I hadn't found them. I thought in the test drive the car fit, but long road trips proved otherwise. I'd also recommend trying to install washers under the front seat rails to tilt the seat angle up slightly, it helped support my legs and reduced fatigue for very cheap.

This is obviously not a Benz, but it's passable with modification.
 

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I despise how uncomfortable the driver seat is. After 20 minutes of driving I can’t stand it. I bought my HRV because of fuel economy and the cargo space. But after a year of ownership I’m just miserable. So I’m trading it in for a CRV. The seat flat out sucks.
 

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Would be cheaper to change out your seat, especially if you purchased the HRV for the fuel economy and cargo space. There are other posts about folks not liking the seat and changing it out. But if you still decide to go with the CRV make sure you take an extended test drive to ensure you don’t encounter the same problem.
 
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