Honda HR-V Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide (2016 – 2020)

An even smaller crossover vs the CR-V, the HR-V was introduced in 2016 and has had just two of the smarter keys used in it’s lifetime.

The smart key without a physical key looks like this:

honda fit smart key battery
Honda HR-V Smart Key – no physical key

And if you have a physical key, the key probably looks like this:

Smart key with physical key for the Honda HR-V

How to Replace a Honda HR-V Key Battery (2016 – Present) Smart Key

How to replace Honda HR-V Key Battery – Smart Key

The Honda HR-V has a bit of a challenging key battery to replace. You’ll first need a small screwdriver. And not like the small one you have in your toolset. You’ll need a precision set, or a jeweler’s set. This set is $4 on Amazon:

$4 precision screwdriver set on Amazon. You’ll need this to change the HR-V key battery.

This smart key has been used since the HR-V was first introduced in 2016. It has been used in HR-V model years:

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Here is my video on how to change the battery in the HR-V smart key:

Honda HR-V Key Battery Replacement Guide 2016 - 2020

This is the battery you need for this Honda CR-V Smart Key Fob:

Amazon Basics 4 Pack CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery
  • IN THE BOX: 4-pack of CR2032 3 volt lithium coin cell batteries; replacement for BR2032, DL2032, and ECR2032
  • DEVICE COMPATIBLE: Ideal for watches, calculators, key fobs, Apple TV remotes, and other small electronics
  • DESIGNED TO LAST: 8-year leak-free shelf life

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In this video, I'm going to show you how to change the battery for a Honda HR-V. And this is for model years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the present. So this is this one's a really easy Fob to change. So if you look on the back, there's a little knob here that's got like an arrow. It looks like pointing down.

So go ahead and pull that towards you and then pull out the internal valet key. And we don't even need any tools to do this. So we can take the valet key. If you look at this key Fob, there's a nice line that goes all the way around it. This one's really easy to switch and change and pop into two pieces.

So the fastest way to do that is take your valet key, put it right in the middle there. There's kind of a slot where it will fit perfectly if you line it up right in the middle, and then just kind of twist your valet key a little bit. And don't worry about breaking this Fob. It's really easy to come apart. And this just slides apart in two pieces.

And you can see the battery that we need to change the CR 2032. Again, this is for the Honda HR-V smart key Fob. And to get this out, you can just take your key Fob, get underneath that, pop that thing out. And I find it easiest to pop out. From this side, you can see there's some two longer teeth that kind of hold in battery.

So when you've got a new one to put in new CR 2032, make sure the positive side with the lettering is facing towards you. Put underneath the longer teeth first, pop it in, and that's how you do that. And then I'll just go ahead and get you the piece, snap that back together, boom, and put your valet key back in, and you're done. That's how you change the key. Battery on the HR-V smart key.

How to Replace a Honda HR-V Key Battery (2014 – Present) Physical Key Rectangle Buttons

How to replace the Honda HR-V key battery, physical key with rectangle buttons years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

This key was used in the following model years of the HR-V:

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Here’s my youtube video I made of replacing the key battery in the HR-V:

Honda HR-V Key Battery Replacement Guide Physical Key

This is the battery you need for this Honda HR-V physical key with rectangle buttons:

Amazon Basics 2 Pack CR1620 3 Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery
  • IN THE BOX: 2-pack of CR1620 3 volt lithium coin cell replacement batteries for small electronic devices
  • DEVICE COMPATIBLE: Ideal for watches, calculators, games, medical devices, and more
  • DESIGNED TO LAST: Long-lasting, reliable battery life; performs in extreme temperatures

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In this video, I'm going to show you how to change the Honda HR-V key. So this physical key has been used since 2014. So the first thing you're going to need is a really small screwdriver set. So you can get this for like $4 on Amazon Decision screwdriver set. Because you turn over the back of this key and there's a really tiny screw and this is the first step that we got to do.

So the first time you do this, it can be kind of difficult. This has already loosened, so it will go pretty quick here. But the first time you're going to really need to dig in and get that screw out. Once you've got the screw out, if you look on the side, there's a small notch. Go ahead and take a flathead screwdriver, small flathead screwdriver into that notch and they put that there so you can get some leverage to be able to pop off the back of this key Fob.

So get in there and we have to go around a little bit, but this will snap right off. Okay, once we've got the backing off, you can see we have access to the internal coin battery. Take your flathead and just kind of gently get underneath the battery. Nothing will pop right up. Any battery that you need is CR 1623 volts coin battery.

I'll link to that as well. Make sure when you put this one back in that the lettering is down, so you shouldn't see any positive sign or anything facing towards you. I found in this one, if you push in from the top, from where these metal kind of prongs are first and then kind of push down into the plastic parts, it will go in a lot easier. Once you've got the new battery in, just go ahead and replace the backing and snap that back together like so put a little screw back in and that's it. That's how you change the battery for the HR-V 2014 to present.

If you've got the physical version.

Honda HR-V History

Honda HR-V is a subcompact four-passenger vehicle that was introduced in the Japanese and European markets in 1999. The first generation of the model featured three doors before it was changed to a five-door car in 2006. The model is available with either a gasoline or a diesel engine, and it is an SUV. Since it went into production, the HR-V is in its fourth generation. Below is a breakdown of the generations:

First Generation (1999 – 2001)

The vehicle was introduced in 1999 as a mini-SUV with three doors. The manufacturer only sold it in the local Japanese market and in the European market. The Japanese manufacturer indicated that the term HR-V was an abbreviation for High Rider Vehicle. The base engine was a 1.6 L VTEC engine that came with two transmission options: front-wheel-drive system or four-wheel-drive system. Both driving systems came fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission. Honda’s CVT transmission was available as an optional feature. The first generation vehicle was a gasoline engine that had a multipoint injection fuel system. Its top speed was 100.7 mph (162 km/h) with an acceleration of 0 – 60 mph of 12.1 seconds. The first HR-V vehicles had an in city fuel economy of 22.6 mpg, a highway fuel economy of 30.9 mpg, and a combined fuel economy of 27.4 mpg.

Second Generation (2001 – 2006)

In 2006, the manufacturer introduced a five-door HR-V to replace the previous three-door mini-SUV. The 2001 model came with significant improvements on the flagship vehicle where it received substantial interior and exterior renovations. The car came fitted with four seats. It retained its predecessor’s 1.6L engine that had a power output of 105 HP and a torque of 100 lb.-ft. @ 3400 RPM. Its top speed increased to 102.5 mph (165 km/h) with an acceleration of 11.7 seconds from 0 – 62 mph. The second generation of the HR-V retained most of the mechanical aspects of its predecessor, including the front five-speed manual transmission. It was available as a front-wheel drive only. This generation’s vehicles had a combined fuel economy of 28.7 mpg (8.2L/100km), which was a significant improvement.

Third Generation (2014 – 2018)

From 2006 to 2014, Honda did not produce the HR-V because it kept it off the market. In 2014, the HR-V was re-launched to become an instant success. It featured a narrower front end with a curved body design that made it appealing to many people. The 2014 model had a five-passenger capacity and a trunk space that allowed more storage as compared to the predecessors. It had a low driving position that made it comfortable for shorter drivers. Moreover, it had an agile platform that made it an everyday commuting vehicle. The dashboard was more straightforward and featured a big infotainment screen that was compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The manual gear lever that manufacturer used in this model was shorter and smoother, thus enticing many customers across Europe. The third generation HR-V was available in two engine options: a diesel unit and a gasoline unit that was coupled with Honda’s i-VTEC CVT transmission. The 1.8L gasoline engine had a power output of 138 HP while the 1.5 L diesel engine achieved a power output of 130 HP.

Fourth Generation (2018 – Present)

In the latest generation, the Honda HR-V received significant exterior updates. The vehicles featured a new grille and dark chrome. The fourth generation is a complete car because it features the latest safety and infotainment features currently available in the market. The LX and EX trim engines are available with continuously variable automatic transmission, which is new for the models that had stuck with manual transmission for three generations. Honda’s 7.0-inch infotainment LCD is optional for some trim levels and is readily compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.