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:


AmazonBasics CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 4-Pack
  • 4-pack of lithium coin cell batteries; CR2032 cell size
  • 8-year leak-free shelf life, ideal for watches, calculators, key fobs, Apple TV remotes, and other small electronics
  • Replacement for BR2032, DL2032, and ECR2032

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:


AmazonBasics CR1620 Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 2-Pack
  • 2-Pack of CR1620 lithium coin cell batteries for small electronic devices
  • Powers devices such as watches, calculators, sporting goods, games, medical devices, and more
  • Long-lasting, reliable battery life; performs in extreme temperatures

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.