2017 HR-V EX-L Navi AWD
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2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD

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Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

The 5-star Safety Rated Honda presents its All-Wheel-Drive Crossover 2017 Honda HR-V E-L Navi AWD, which combines the best qualities of a hatchback, SUV and a compact. 

Honda promises that you won’t have to compromise your needs. Choosing the 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD, you get a 3-in-1 compact crossover with a performance of an SUV.



All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System


Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)


1.8L SOHC 16-valve 4 Cylinder Engine with i-VTEC valvetrain


141 @ 6500 RMP


127 lb-ft @ 4300 RMP

Fuel tank Capacity

13.2 gallons

Fuel economy

27 city / 31 HWY


Combined Estimated MPG

3.4 gallons per 100 miles


the HR-V is the happy medium, not too big and not too small!

I like the HR-V! it is not too big, not too small. For people like me who love diversity this type of car is very convenient. Sometimes I will be in a big city like New York or London where it will be hard to park or drive and you don’t want a big car. But sometimes I will be driving through the country or the suburbs and it is nice to have a bigger car with more passenger space and cargo. So the HR-V is the happy medium, not too big and not too small!

Choosing the 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD, you get a 3-in-1 compact crossover with a performance of an SUV.

In our hectic busy and global world we have learned how to be mobile and practical. It seems, the Honda team perfectly knows the wishes of its customers and  put all the efforts to make a multi-functional car, which would serve its owners a huge daily service. Thus, 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD can bring the car use to a new level. You need a compact car for your every day routine chores? or a spacious family car? or one day you might want to pack your things and go for adventures? Honda promises that you won’t have to compromise your needs. Choosing the 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD, you get a 3-in-1 compact crossover with a performance of an SUV.

2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD is a compact crossover following its versatility rules.

Honda History

Honda Motor is a Japanese multinational corporation, and The American Honda Motor Company is based in Torrance, California.

Honda is named after its founder Soichiro Honda, who was always interested in the automobiles. He started as a mechanic tuning cars for races, but some years later succeeded to open up his own company Tokai Seiki, mass-producing piston rings for Toyota.

During the World War II, being a holder of 40% stakes of Tokai Seiki, Toyota is buying out the rest of it, when the Tokai Seiki Plant was bombed and destroyed in 1944, and the Itawa plant collapsed in 1945, after an earthquake.

But it did not put Soichiro Honda down. He took the money and used them to found The Honda Technical Research Institute (October 1946), which also didn’t end up successfully and has been liquidated in 1949, and Honda Motors Co. Ltd. was founded. It grew up rapidly, focusing mainly on the production of the motorcycles, until 1949, when Honda made its T360 mini pick-up truck and the S500 sports car.

In 1986 Honda introduced its famous Acura to the U.S. market.

Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence; its creation is ASIMO robot (2000).

Needless to say, in 2013 Honda was the first car producing company whose export from the United States was more than its import.

Engine & Performance

2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD has under its hood a 1.8L 4 Cylinder Engine delivering 27 MPG in the city, 31 MPG in a highway for an overall rating of 29 MPG, which is really good fuel economy for this AWD car.

  • 1.8L SOHC 16-valve 4 Cylinder Engine with i-VTEC valvetrain
  • All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 4300 RMP
  • Horsepower: 141 @ 6500 RMP
  • 27 city/31 HWY/29 combined Estimated MPG

Continuously Variable transmission gives a better stability on the road, the car is not shifting.


Model Price
2017 HR-V EX-L Navi AWD $26,240


For a compact crossover, 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD has enough leg room at the driving seat. Honda makes sure you are safe while driving, thats why all the buttons are located just right under your fingertips, and with a bluetooth system you won’t need to touch your phone to answer the call or change the volume of the favourite song. The HR-V is very digital, a lot of Apps and digital controls, maybe I would like some more manual controls, but it is OK.

  • Automatic Climate Control with Electrostatic Touch-Screen
  • Push Button Start
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • HDMI/USB Connections
  • Bluetooth Wheel-Mounted Controls
  • Smart Entry
  • 7-inch Display Audio Touch-Screen


The exterior of the HR-V is nicely design, it is beautiful, but it doesn’t stop the traffic. For a price with less than 30K it is a great car.

Being the owner of the 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD, you get really nice features in its exterior.

  • Roof rails
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Automatic-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemTM14 with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM®


As usual with Honda safety is a priority and you will get several safety features to protect yourself and the whole family. The HR-V has most important safety features.

  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Smartvent Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System


Americans keep asking car producers for more SUVs, we like big cars with more space. Yes the US is design for larger cars than Europe and other areas. We have big parking areas, wide highways, and plenty of space, so why not? let’s get a bigger car..Honda has create the perfect sized car for those who like a bigger can than a compact, but don’t want a huge SUV. Also in terms of pricing less than 30K is a very affordable price for a compact SUV, so the HR-V can make buyer’s wallets happy!.  A nice car with enough space for the whole family or friends, plenty of features and a good price.

The 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD is a compact crossover following its versatility rules. It has so-called long and tall modes, which gives the option to change the seats position and make the space taller and/or longer. For example, if you take down both the back and the front seat, it will give you about 8ft of space. For a fair price this car offers a good set of tech features needed for a safe and enjoyable driving, its safety was rated with the 5 stars by the NHTSA. The car sounds, looks and feels promising to those leading a dynamic outdoor and family life, and ready to drive for the adventures, when the space and performance really matters.

Finally the brand name Honda, is a sign of quality that consumers trust. Not the most luxury or fancy car in the market, but definetly a very nice and quality car that people can trust and enjoy. Go Honda!

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Marco Carvajal has many years of experience in the editorial world, in the entertainment industry including events, cars, music and other fields. He also has wide experience in business, e-business and e-commerce. He is actively involved in the development of AutomotorPro.com and other affiliated car publications, from marketing and business management, to the editorial department as a contributing writer and editor for other writers. His passion for automobiles, travel and art, supports the development of AutomotorPro.com in an original and unique way, as a leader in the automobile editorial industry, nationwide in the United States and international territories. Marco graduated from the University of Miami, in addition to additional studies at other universities and institutions. In the field of business, he has created several enterprises and multinational projects related to publishing and entertainment. As a writer, the number one goal for Marco Carvajal is to be able to communicate clear information easy to understand for our subscribers, in an easy language, very detailed, about automobiles and lifestyle. He also likes to show a different perspective, with innovative style, about the information and characteristics of each car, mostly oriented to the daily life, about what each person may want learn about each car, thinking on the practical daily use of cars in real life. Marco Carvajal tiene muchísimos años de experiencia en el mundo editorial, en la industria del entretenimiento incluyendo eventos, autos, música y otros, así como gran experiencia en los negocios, e-business y e-commerce. Se envuelve activamente en el desarrollo de AutomotorPro.com, desde aspectos de mercadeo y manejo de negocios, hasta el departamento editorial donde también escribe y edita artículos de otros escritores. Su pasión por los autos, viajar y el arte, le ayudan a AutomotorPro.com a desarrollarse de una forma original y única, como un líder en la industria editorial automotriz a nivel nacional en Estados Unidos y otros territorios internacionales. Marco se graduó de la Universidad de Miami, además de haber realizado estudios y cursos en otras universidades e instituciones. En el área de negocio ha fundado varias empresas y creado varios proyectos multinacionales en el área editorial y del entretenimiento. Como escritor, la meta número uno de Marco Carvajal es lograr transmitir información sobre automóviles fácil de entender para los lectores, en un idioma sencillo, los más detallada posible. Además de lograr mostrar un lado diferente e innovador sobre la información y características de cada auto, principalmente orientado a lo cotidiano, a lo que cada persona puede aprender sobre cada automóvil, pensando en la vida diaria, en el uso de cada auto en la vida práctica.
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