Is the Honda HR-V the Best Small SUV for College Grads?

There’s a long answer and a short answer to this question. 

The TL:DR, if you will: With heaps of versatile and practical features, the 2021 Honda HR-V is, by our estimation, a perfect, value-packed little CUV/SUV for grads. Get one. Love one. Enjoy whatever it is young people enjoy.

The long answer will take exactly 506 words and 3 subheadings to get across, so bear with us. 

It’s Remarkably Roomy

2021 HR-V - Remarkably Roomy

You’ve got places to go, people to see, stuff to do. With the new Honda HR-V and it’s magical Magic Seat, you’ll have enough space to visit those places, see those people, do that stuff. Simply flip the 2nd-row up to accommodate your bike, scooter, Tamagotchi and Beanie Baby collection — whatever it is young’uns favor these days, HR-V probably has the extra room for it.

But seriously, having taken a cue from the now discontinued Honda Fit (R.I.P.),  the 2021 HR-V and its 2nd-row Magic Seat is worth every penny. You can fold both seatbacks down to make use of its 58.8 cubic feet* of cargo space, which is more than rivals like the Toyota C-HR, Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX30, and Hyundai Venue. 

You can also fold down the passenger-side seats (front and back) to store items up to 8 feet long, like your one-person kayak, portable yurt for camping in Phoenix, or lifesize cardboard cutout of Joey Fatone. 

It’s Fantastically Fuel-Efficient

A carbon-neutral lifestyle may seem like a pipe dream, but we’re slowly progressing toward a reality in which our own methane produces more CO2 emissions than fossil fuels. The Honda HR-V is proof of this progression. 

2021 HR-V - Fantastically Fuel-Efficient

Even as a nonhybrid SUV, the HR-V gets hybrid-like mpg. In the city, it returns 28 miles per gallon*; on highways, HR-V pulls in 34 mpg*. Those numbers easily make the HR-V one of the best crossovers on gas. 

It’s Perfectly Priced

The HR-V is available in four trims, with the Sport trim offering the most proverbial bang for your hard-earned buck. HR-V Sport models come with an upgraded touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, roof rails, a duo of USB plug-ins, and a special gloss-black spoiler — you know, for that sporty effect. 

021 Honda HR-V AWD Sport Pedals

Our favorite AWD HR-V Sport features are the trim-exclusive sport pedals and dual-mode paddle shifters. Rounding a turn, toggle the paddle and bear down on that pedal for a little zip. (You feel that? That little tickle in your tummy? That’s your body telling you that you made the right choice.) 

Oh, right. You want HR-V prices. We could give you those numbers, but then we’d have to… [Edit from Corporate: 2021 HR-V LX 2WD starting at $21,220, 2021 HR-V Sport 2WD starting at $23,170, 2021 HR-V EX 2WD starting at $24,420, 2021 HR-V EX-L 2WD starting at $26,020]. And we’d rather not deal with the clean-up. 

What we will give you is an Arizona Honda dealership near you to call, as well as the opportunity to brag about your newly earned degree and get up to $500 towards a new 2021 Honda HR-V in Phoenix. Check out Honda’s special car deal for graduates to see how to qualify — if you have at least one degree from an accredited two- or four-year university, you’re a shoo-in — and save $500.

Once you graduate, visit your Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix to take a test drive and save some beaucoup bucks on your first adult-sized vehicle. (Do people still use that phrase?)


Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.\

28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, & EX-L trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,175 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include a $395 charge for premium colors.

College Graduate offer goes towards down payment or cap cost reduction.