Smart Drive Self Propel
Smart Drive Self Propel

Intuitive, variable speed control while mowing. Five adjustable positions for user comfort. Variable speed from 0 to 4 mph.

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Superior Mulching and Bagging
Superior Mulching and Bagging

The HRN mowers offer superior cut quality whether you're mulching or bagging, even in tough mowing conditions.

3 in 1 system with Clip Director?
3 in 1 system with Clip Director?

Simply slide the Clip Director for mulching, bagging, or discharging versatility. No attachments required.

MicroCut? Twin Blades System
MicroCut? Twin Blades System

Stacked and offset twin blade design provides superior cut quality and smaller clippings for better mulching and bagging.

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Honda GCV170 Engine
Honda GCV170 Engine

Reliable, easy starting power to tackle the toughest mowing conditions.

Honda Auto Choke? System - easy starting
Honda Auto Choke? System - easy starting

No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go!

Easy Fold Quick Release handle for easy height adjustment and storage
Easy Fold Quick Release handle for easy height adjustment and storage

Easily adjust the handle to 2 comfortable mowing positions, or fold over for storage.

Improved Maneuverability
Improved Maneuverability

2-Way Ratchet System improves maneuverability and reduces effort to turn in a tight radius, drastically reducing pull-back force

Dual-Lever Height Adjustment System
Dual-Lever Height Adjustment System

User-friendly levers conveniently adjust to 7 cutting heights (1" to 4")

Heavy-Duty 21? Steel Deck
Heavy-Duty 21? Steel Deck

Innovative Honda design optimizes air flow for superior mulching and bagging

Easy Maintenance
Easy Maintenance

Smart Engine Layout offers a large fuel tank spout, easy oil changes, and easy access to spark plug and air filter.

8" High Traction Wheels
8" High Traction Wheels

Excellent traction in a variety of mowing conditions.

Large easy off 1.9 bushel grass bag
Large easy off 1.9 bushel grass bag

Our large capacity grass bags are balanced so they are easy to empty, saving you time and effort.

Flywheel brake safety system
Flywheel brake safety system

Quickly stops the engine when you let go of the flywheel brake lever.

Manual fuel shut-off valve
Manual fuel shut-off valve

The fuel valve can be shut off for transport, storage, or to performance maintenance.

3 year residential warranty
3 year residential warranty

You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 3 full years.

90 day commercial warranty




Deck Material

Steel, 16 ga

Cutting Width


Mowing height range


Mowing height adjustments


Drive Control

Variable Postion Smart Drive


Variable Speed Fixed Gear Belt Clutch

Ground speed

0 to 4.0 mph



Choke System



Slipping Belt


1" Steel Tube

Handle Height Positions



8" Plastic

Ball Bearing Wheels

Sintered metal bushing - Rear only

Standard Functions

3 in 1: Mulch, Bag, Discharge



Bag capacity (bushels)



Twin blades (MicroCut System®)

Blade Control

Flywheel brake

Side/Rear Discharge

Rear standard

Dry weight

79 lb

Operating weight

82 lb

Residential warranty

3 years

Commercial warranty

90 days


Lawn Mower Cover
Spark Arrestor

How to Videos

HRN216VKA Mower Operation
HRN216 Unpacking & Setup
HRN216 Storage
HRN216 Maintenance


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(24 Customer Reviews)
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Deck not level

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Thursday, February 27, 2020
Clinton, MS
Type of use:  Residential
Bought thw first one.  Deck not level.  Left front tire not touching the ground.  Took back and got another one.  Same issue.  Will try #3 tomorrow.   Hope it is a good one! 

Honda Self Propelled Mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Thursday, February 27, 2020
Independence, OR
Type of use:  Residential
Easy assembly, starts easy and works great on large yards with uneven terrain... Definetly worth the extra money of other mowers, I had equipment with small Honda engines in the past, and you can't beat their reliability.  

Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Sherwood, OR
Type of use:  Residential
Much easier to clean than previous models.  Runs like a dream and easy to start

Just what I was looking for

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Sunday, February 23, 2020
CKF Golf
Gainesville, GA
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased Honda mower after researching Honda options and competitors.  Selected Honda based on my personal experience and based on input from others.  Cost ($409) at Home Depot was moderately higher than competitors but I knew I could trust the equipment.  Setup was easy even with no helper.  Oil and fuel openings are larger than past models and allows cleaner filling process.  Once I was fueled and ready to test it started on the first pull.  I expected at least two pulls to cycle fuel.  I have not used bagging but mulching at higher level with Fescue in new yard was easy.  Speed control worked well.  Walk fast if you move speed to high level.  I like that.  Worked well on slopes and is relatively easy to pull back.  I'll eventually try it on the sodded Zoysia front yard once it greens up.  I feel good about my purchase.  4 stars on features because that's equivalent to what I selected.

New Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Hurdle Mills, NC
Type of use:  Residential

I have owned it only two days.  After adding oil and gasoline it started on the first pull, never had that happen before.  My wife tried it and also on her first pull it started up immediately.  Looks and feels like a quality mower.

Four of my neighbors recommended this series to me as they spoke very highly about theirs.

I tried one of my neighbors and like it very much, and now I own one.  I would have to use it for a month or more to write and more definitive review.  Purchased 10 Feb 2020.  The mower comes with a very well written and informative manual.  No tools required, open up the large box remove the mower, raise the handles, attach the bag, pour in the provided oil, add gasoline, clear away all protective plastic and pull back on the blade stop and give it a pull and your off to cutting grass.  You might want to check the level of the cut. Enjoy.

Very Pleased

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Monday, February 3, 2020
Lindale, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Simple assembly, really liked that oil was included. Started first pull, love the SmartDrive. My zoysia thanks me for the purchase.

Super Nice!!!!

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Monday, February 3, 2020
Inglewood, CA
Type of use:  Residential

Bought today: It started on first crank...Wow... My first self propelled mower. It was actually fun to mow my lawn.

It probably took one third of the time mowing than with my regular gas mower. Very happy with my new Honda mower and always been happy with my Honda generator and Honda motorcycle.

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Sunday, January 26, 2020
Youngsville, LA
Type of use:  Residential
This is our 2nd Honda we bought the other one lasted 10 years, so didn't want another Brand as we have been satisfied with Honda product.

Nice mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Friday, January 17, 2020
Kekaha, HI
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased this to replace another mower with variable speed drive that finally broke beyond reasonable repare.  I wish I would have purchased it earlier instead of limping along for a couple of years with a mower that was not 100%.  As soon as I started using this machine it was great, I think I'm mowing the yard 25% faster, and with more ease.  The mower seemes well built and starts easily while it's new.  Honda is missing the boat, by not having an app to remind users when to service their equipment,

Honda HRn216VKA

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Monday, December 30, 2019
Pembroke Pines, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 3rd Honda lawn mower and I have to say this one is so much nicer, stronger and lighter than the past units. I love that is lighter and more quiet, it also seems more agile while I am cutting.  Love the fact its more quiet than the previous models I have owned in that price range. This unit starts on first pull without any hesitation like the last model I owned. The power is there and you can feel it my last model started smoking on the starts after 6 months of use.  I take care of my equipment that I sell them and people are shocked how nice they look. The new way of bagging or mulching is nice and the bag is great too. Love the fact they increased the diameter of the gas cap with the old one I kept overfilling the gas since you cant see the gas level so now is perfect for me. the leveling system is faster now with only 2 levers instead of 4.  The speed lever seems to have a better curved shape to it and feels very nice, it goes pretty fast for me so I could only go like 50% or you would have to run after it.  Many improvements over the last units I have purchased other brands and this is my favorite.  I did have a Craftman for a while back in the day when they made good tools and a snapper which I ended up returning. There are a couple of things that would love improvement but are not a deal killer 1. When you open the cover for the bag there should be a way for it to stay open so you can clean the discharge section of the mower and the other is no biggie I sometimes forget to shut off the gas and turn the unit on its side but the gas leaks.  If you do it to the opposite side is ok no leak I just forget all the time.  If you buy one you wont be disappointed in your purchase I am definitely smiling now while I am cutting.  


Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Monday, December 30, 2019
Lakeland, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Reluctant to purchase this new model Honda mower, HRN216VKA.  This mower was replacing a Honda HRR which was a total disappointment, constant power drive issues that were not resolved after three visits to authorized Honda repair shops.  I intended to purchase a new HRX mower but my local Home Depot doesn't stock this model. I researched this HRN216VKA and it had good reviews so went ahead and purchased it.  Set-up took 10 minutes, added included oil and then gas, one pull it started right away.  The power on this mower was amazing and the power was amazing.  I would recommend this mower!


Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Thursday, December 12, 2019
Lawrenceville, GA
Type of use:  Residential
Bought new HRN216VKA mower. Unboxed it, put oil and gas in it, pulled once and it cranked!! Goes faster than previous model. Nicer Smart Drive control. Can't wait to mow my lawn!!


Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Monday, December 9, 2019
Type of use:  Residential

New Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Friday, December 6, 2019
Type of use:  Residential
Used my new Honda mower for the first time today. Motor started on first pull of starter rope. Bagger collected all of the trimmings, including many fallen leaves.

Like It

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Mesa, AZ
Type of use:  Residential
Returned first Honda due to problems, ran rough and engine died on first use, wouldn't stay running. New HRN has worked great! One complaint is the grass, etc. that blows back at you from above the bag when cutting taller grass.

Haad to rplace mower.

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Jim Heintz
Plano, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Orignal mower MANA- 1009446 was returned because the smart drive stopped working.  Home Depot replaced it with MANA-1008729.  This happened on the day I bought it.  Too early to rate the mower.

Honda HRN216VKA

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Saturday, November 30, 2019
Fernandina Beach, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Fantastic mower

My 2nd one

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Friday, November 29, 2019
Retired Guy
Fortuna, CA
Type of use:  Residential

I have had this same model mower since 2013 on the advice of my younger brother.  This mower never gave me ion issues.  So I purchased a new one.  This mower does have a little change to it but apears to be the same machine.  Starts on first pull out of the box.  The older Honda is going to my Daugher so she can mow her nrw yard. 

very good

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Sunday, November 3, 2019
Type of use:  Residential
Very good machine, easy to start and very powerful.

Honda Lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Sunday, November 3, 2019
Type of use:  Residential
Have modern features, aerodinamic style and have a strong engine.

My 2nd Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Friday, November 1, 2019
Type of use:  Residential
this is my 2nd Honda mower. My 1st still mows, cuts and bags, but I think I've used it up! The deck has 2 rust holes, and I'm on my 2nd set of tires in 10 years! Always starts and runs! I'll use it for leaves and mulch this year, and start fresh in the spring with my new mower! Can't beat a Honda!

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Wednesday, October 30, 2019
San Antonio,
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased last spring. Great mower for my yard. My yard has some slopes and the Honda power makes it easy. First pull start. Cuts very evenly. Mulch setting makes for well chopped mulch. Overall very pleased with it's performance.

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Saturday, October 26, 2019
Coral Springs,
Type of use:  Residential
Nice lawn mower, a little heavy, but very reliable, so far. I use the grass catcher and the grass clippings accumulate quite a bit in the channel where the catcher attaches. It might be be because it was the first time using the mower, not all of the blades of the grass were being cut. I had to go over some areas twice. I'll know next time if I use the mower, if the blades are dull, or if I need to raise the level. The grass wasn't all that tall but was a little damp from rain earlier in the day. The clips t lock the handle bar could be improved. Wheel adjustment height adjustment is a nice setup. It does start right up each time and runs really well.

Best Mower Ever

Model Reviewed: HRN216VKA Friday, October 18, 2019
Type of use:  Residential
Best lawn mower I ever had! The mower comes very neatly boxed, where about all that's necessary is to cut the box away from it and raise the handle. After allowing the handle latches to fall into place, add the oil, which comes with the mower. The bagger goes together on its frame and is simply set into place with slots in the mower, directly below the shroud. Then use the green release lock to slide the "clip director" to bag or mulch, whichever you prefer. And true to the Honda name, it started on the first pull. The thumb operated variable speed self propelled is great, matching the mower to your walking speed. It cuts great and never slowed in my centipede grass Very impressive!
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