The 2016 Honda HR-V has a handful of tricks up its sleeves, but arguably its most impressive one is its innovative rear Magic Seat. First seen in the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback, Honda’s 60/40-split rear Magic Seat allows 2016 Honda HR-V customers to make the most of the subcompact crossover SUV’s nearly 60 cubic feet of available cargo space courtesy of three useful cargo hauling modes.
Thanks to a fuel tank mounted in the middle of the 2016 Honda HR-V’s chassis, the subcompact crossover SUV has a very low cargo floor. So low, in fact, it’s hard to imagine the rear seats are capable of folding completely flat with the cargo floor; however, the HR-V’s rear Magic Seat manages this seemingly impossible task. We’re not saying the HR-V’s flat-folding rear seats are the result of magic, but it’s certainly impressive.
Looking to carry a ladder, surfboard or other long item? The 2016 Honda HR-V’s ready for it. Besides utilizing the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi model’s standard roof rails, HR-V owners can fold the rear Magic Seat down and tilt the front-passenger seat all the way back in order to create a virtually obstruction free pathway to the dashboard for hauling long items.
Need to haul something tall? Fold up the rear seat bottoms of the HR-V’s rear Magic Seat and you’ll be greeted to a vertically-friendly cargo area. Thanks to a wide, flat and low-mounted rear footwell (once again, courtesy of the fuel tank’s central location), the rear Magic Seat’s “Tall Mode” allows you to easily transport large items like potted plants or a flat screen TV. In fact, Honda claims the area is capable of hauling two mountain bikes, provided both bikes front wheels have been removed.