The Magic Seat lives up to its name, expanding the 2017 Honda HR-V seating configurations beyond just five-passenger seating. With Tall Mode, Utility Mode, and Long Mode, you can switch the layout of your HR-V in seconds. The best way to see how quickly and easily the HR-V Magic Seat changes modes is to let a Honda sales expert show you, but until you can take a test drive, here’s what to expect.
Long Mode: Before trying to mount that ladder or kayak on the roof of your HR-V, switch the Magic Seat into Long Mode by folding down all passenger-side seats. You’ll unlock up to 8 linear feet of cargo storage from the glovebox to the hatchback. Whether going skiing or packing up construction gear for a trip to the job site, Long Mode gives you plenty of space.
Tall Mode: Some tall cargo can be stored on its side, but if you’re moving a plant or a flat-screen TV, it might be better to store upright. The rear seat of the HR-V can be folded up, exposing the rear floor and unlocking up to 4 feet of vertical storage in the second row—and leaving your rear cargo area free for other items.
With 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space, the HR-V almost feels like it’s bigger on the inside, and the Magic Seat allows you to make the most of that room. And don’t forget, the Magic Seat also features a standard 60/40-split folding design to fold down just part of the rear seat, easily seating three or four people while expanding the cargo space.
The HR-V is technically a compact crossover, but with that 100.1 cubic feet of storage, the interior can feel positively spacious. Competitors like the Jeep Renegade or Nissan Juke earn their compact designation by leaving their passengers feeling tight and cramped. Here’s how the interior specs break down for front and rear passengers:
Rear passengers can be full-size adults and still be comfortable thanks to 38.3 inches of headroom, 39.3 inches of legroom, 47.4 inches of hip room, and 54.5 inches of shoulder room.
The cargo area easily accommodates five passengers’ worth of daily gear, though if you have some extra items, the under-seat storage and cargo compartments have you covered.
If a successful day of crafting or antiquing has loaded up your HR-V with breakables, the rear cargo area features standard anchors to easily secure your cargo with ties or bungie cords.