What Is the Best SUV for Affordability?


Subcompact SUVs have quickly become one of the most desired types of cars on the road. With a roomy interior, excellent standard safety features, and superb handling, Honda leads the competition in the compact SUV class by balancing affordability with high-quality details. This balance attracts a lot of car shoppers, who are looking for the most affordable small SUVs on the market. 

The HR-V is Honda's most affordable entry into subcompact SUVs. You'll find that the trim options offer sophisticated features at a reasonable price. You'll be able to choose from the base trim (which still offers plenty of great features), as well as choose higher-end trims for more money. 

If you're trying to decide between all of the subcompact SUVs on the market, you should know about the details of the HR-V. We'll explain why the HR-V is a great value and affordable option for those who don't want to sacrifice quality or safety. 

The Honda HR-V

Overall, the Honda HR-V is a great choice for those car shoppers that are looking for a subcompact SUV. The HR-V upholds the Honda brand's longstanding reputation as safe, reliable, and a good value for consumers. 

All trim levels have the same driving capabilities with an estimated 158 horsepower @6500 rpm. You'll also find that the fuel efficiency of the HR-V is relatively high, despite not having a hybrid option. The gas mileage is the same throughout all three trim levels at about 27 combined mpg ratings. 

On all trim levels, the HR-V seats five people in its upscale cabin. The interior design is refined and simple, with clean lines and quality materials. You'll enjoy a moderately sized cargo area, a roomy backseat, and a standard seven-inch infotainment screen. Additionally, you will have many standard safety features, like

  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition system
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Seat belt reminder for every seating position

On the higher trims, you'll also be able to opt for advanced safety features like a blind-spot information system. On the highest trim, you'll also have standard parking sensors and low-speed braking control.

What Are the Different Trim Levels of the Honda HR-V?

Though there are many standard features available in all trim levels, particularly related to safety, you'll find even more features on upper trims. There are a total of three trims available for the Honda HR-V–the LX, the Sport, and the EX-L.

The base trim, the LX, has a starting price of $23,800. At this level, you'll have all of the standard features available. If you are looking for the most affordable option, the LX is the lowest price. Inside the cabin, you'll find high-quality standard technology features, like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and USB charging ports. Additionally, you'll find comfortable and convenient features, like a push-button start, floor mats, and a cargo area light. 

The middle trim, the Sport, is priced at $25,900. On this trim level, you'll notice some upgrades throughout the cabin and exterior of the car. Inside the cabin, you'll enjoy heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Outside the car, you'll have a lot of upgrades, including rear privacy glass, 18-inch tires, a sport grille, and a chrome exhaust finisher.

The highest trim available is the EX-L. Priced at $27,900, this trim is the most upscale option available. You'll have plenty of sophisticated features, like heated, leather-trim seating, a moonroof, and a nine-inch touchscreen. You'll also enjoy the latest technology features, like a wireless phone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay, and parking sensors.

How Does the HR-V Compare to Other Honda SUVs?

The entry trim level (LX) does have a higher price tag than some of the other subcompact SUVs on the market. However, with the amount of safety and technology features combined with an elegantly designed cabin, the HR-V LX remains a great choice for overall value. Though some other subcompact SUVs may be cheaper, you'll find that they lack the sophistication of the HR-V. 

Additionally, the HR-V's highest trim level (EX-L) is one of the most affordable top-of-the-line options. If you're shopping around for the highest trim levels among subcompact SUVs, you'll find that the HR-V is one of the most affordable options compared to the competition. For example, the subcompact 2023 Subaru Crosstek's highest trim level (Limited) is priced at $29,495. 

Why Is the HR-V the Best Option for Affordable SUVs on the Market?

If you're looking for affordable small SUVs, you'll likely have to sift through a lot of different models from various brands. Most subcompact SUVs though more affordable than regularly sized SUVs, are still quite expensive. If you're looking for a high-quality SUV, you'll have to look at more than just the initial price. 

Compared to other affordable small SUVs on the market, the HR-V offers the best price for its level of quality. Drivers will have a host of standard safety features available on every trim. Additionally, on higher trims, you'll have upgraded style, comfort, and technology features. Plus, the HR-V offers one of the lowest-priced high trims available. 

If you're looking for one of the most affordable small SUVs that are reliable and packed with standard features, you'll appreciate the HR-V. The HR-V's excellent handling and all-around solid driving performance make this subcompact SUV one of the best choices on the market in terms of value and affordability. Whether you're looking for a high-quality base trim or an affordable high trim level, the Honda HR-V is a great option for car shoppers. If you're looking to test drive the HR-V, contact us or visit us at our dealership.