2023 Honda HR-V unveiled with smarter tech and mature styling


The Honda HR-V shares two-thirds of its initials with the iconic Honda CR-V, but when it arrived on North American shores in 2016, the subcompact CUV could only woo what looked like to a tenth of its big brother. popularity. The 2023 Honda HR-V – the second generation for the New World – combines the mature styling and modern interior technology of the Civic with a spacious cabin and available all-wheel drive to better challenge the popular CR-V.

Launched a few months after its global counterpart, it’s hard to separate the new HR-V from the equally fresh Civic. Both cars ride atop Honda’s global modular architecture and share a standard 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder, continuously variable transmission and multi-link rear suspension (although with different suspension geometry, because the ride height).

This engine develops 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, 17 and 11 more than the current HR-V. That should mean slightly snappier performance, although it’s worth noting the absence of a turbocharged offering to better challenge rivals like the Kia Soul and Seltos, Jeep Renegade and Hyundai Kona. If straight-line performance is important, keep waiting for an HR-V with the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. But while off-the-line punch will be just adequate, Honda promises improved handling over the HR-V’s predecessor, thanks to the stiffer chassis and more modern suspensions.

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The lessons of civics applied

Honda’s big leap forward with in-car technology started with the Civic and extends to the HR-V. A new 7.0-inch digital cluster is standard, and with the optional 9.0-inch center touchscreen there’s also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the base 7.0-inch screen requires a USB connection). Like the Civic, both infotainment systems feature redundant physical buttons, including proper knobs for volume and station adjustment.

2023 Honda HR-V Sport rear view

It’s hard to remember, but the original HR-V debuted years before Honda Sensing was a common thing, and even in its later years the first-generation CUV lacked features such as the traffic jam assistance and traffic sign recognition. The 2023 HR-V fixes those absences, packing the full host of Honda’s popular active safety suite, including upgraded software that gives more realistic behavior for adaptive cruise control and lane-holding systems. way. Honda Sensing is standard on all three versions of the HR-V, unlike the current car, where Honda limits the feature set to the top half of the trim step.

So much space for activities

Equally important is the HR-V’s growth. The 104.5-inch wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer, and the front and rear tracks are increased by 2.0 and 2.5 inches, respectively. Overall, the HR-V is 9.4 inches longer and 2.6 inches longer than the current model. But that noticeably larger footprint also results in a roomy cabin. Honda promises more legroom in the back, although it doesn’t say how roomier the interior is. The company shares cargo measurements, however, saying the HR-V’s trunk has 24.4 cubic feet of space, which expands to 55.1 cubes with the 60/40 second row folded flat.

Interior view of the 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L

Prices for the base 2023 Honda HR-V LX start at $24,895 including a $1,245 destination charge, while the midrange Sport rings in at $26,895 and the top-spec EX-L range requires $28,695. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on all three trims. The HR-V is more expensive at the lower end – the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona and Kia Seltos all start at under $23,000 – but its price delta is narrower than the competition. Of the four competitors listed above, only the Chevy has a top-end model that’s noticeably cheaper than the HR-V EX-L. The rest of the class costs just a few hundred dollars from the high-end Honda.

The Honda HR-V is now arriving at dealerships. As for when you can read our impressions of Honda’s redesigned subcompact, we’ll be driving it next week and having a full review and rating on June 21. Stay tuned.


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