Honda knew that with a name like “Magic Seat,” they really had to deliver on that promise. Switching between standard seating into Utility Mode, Long Mode, or Tall Mode takes just seconds and allows you to easily customize the 2017 Honda HR-V storage to fit your needs. We find that the Magic Seat is best demonstrated in person, but here’s what you can expect from each configuration:
Utility Mode: The HR-V’s rear cargo capacity starts off at 24.3 cubic feet, which is more than enough for groceries, the kids’ things, or the family’s luggage for a vacation. But when you just need more space, the whole 60/40-split folding seat folds down and expands your storage space to 58.8 cubic feet—room enough for cumbersome cargo like bikes and small furniture.
Long Mode: It might be tempting to load a ladder onto the top of the HR-V, but it could easily mar your paint job and expose your roof to rust and corrosion. The Magic Seat has a solution in Long Mode. Both passenger-side seats fold down to accommodate up to 8 feet of cargo from your glovebox to the liftgate. It’s great for tall lamps, skis, and other awkwardly long items, too.
Tall Mode: While quite a few tall items can be stored on their side, flat-screen TVs, potted plants, and other delicate cargo should still be transported vertically. Tall Mode lets you fold up the rear seat and set cargo directly on the floor, allowing for as much as 4 feet of vertical space.
The Magic Seat makes it easy to get the most out of that 100.1 cubic feet of cabin space, setting it up to be your next work vehicle, your next family vehicle, or both.
The reason we said the HR-V shrugs at being called a “compact crossover” is that it has competitors like the Nissan Juke or the Jeep Renegade that actually feel compact. Honda’s designers have ensured that the 100.1 cubic feet of passenger space is well distributed throughout the vehicle, keeping passengers comfy in the front or the rear.
Front passengers will enjoy as much as 39.5 inches of headroom, 53.1 inches of hip room, 56.8 inches of shoulder room, and an incredible 41.2 inches of legroom to help accommodate even the tallest occupants.
Rear passengers don’t need to be kids to feel comfortable, easily stretching out in the 38.3 inches of headroom, 47.4 inches of hip room, 54.5 inches of shoulder room, and 39.3 inches of legroom.
With all of the seats filled, you’ll still have room for people’s things in the cargo area, but if space starts to feel a little tight, don’t forget your extra storage compartments.
If the items in your cargo area are fragile or prone to sliding around, rear cargo anchors are standard; just tie down your items and hit the road.