With the introduction of Honda HR-V which is planned later this year, both subcompact and compact crossover markets are bound to become much more exciting than they used to be. 2016 Honda HR-V shares its underpinnings with Honda Fit hatchback which will lower its price when it comes to car saloons. This isn’t all-new nameplate as HR-V was already being produced between 1999 and 2006, but new version doesn’t have much to do with this one.
Under the Hood
There’s only one option under the hood and it is 1.8L 4-cylinder engine which generates 138 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and adds a choice between 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission, while all-wheel drive comes as an option and these versions are tied exclusively to automatic gearbox. LX, EX and EX-L models will be offered and differences between them will be clearly visible.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
From design standpoint, new HR-V clearly resembles Fit, but offers plenty of its own, unique features by which it stands out. First of all, it has different front end fascia even though it executes very similar headlights. Windshield is smaller in HR-V, while its profile reveals all new creases, different windows and thicker pillars. Finally, around the back, 2016 Honda HR-V offers more conventional tailgate layout with horizontal tail-lights and not so many innovative lines.
HR-V’s interior will offer pretty much exactly what subcompact crossovers usually do. Expect both fabric cloth and leather seat upholstery with latter option available exclusively in top tier models. You won’t be able to seat a large family in it, but there’s a possibility to accommodate up to five people with one or two of them, in the back row, being children. Honda “Magic Seat” at the back offers more possibilities for cargo loading by folding and flipping down.
There’s no dual screen displays in 2016 Honda HR-V which might give us some insight in Honda’s strategy for their future models. Instead, you get one 7-inch touch screen display that does all infotainment jobs. Of course, not all models will benefit from it, but you’ll be able to upgrade them through optional packages. As for safety, Honda’s new mini crossover will offer all mandatory airbags, together with the usual stability and traction control. Rearview camera is also standard across the board, but that’s pretty much it.
2016 Honda HR-V Price and Feul Efficiency
It is still early to speculate upon HR-V’s fuel efficiency, but it will hardly achieve Fit’s numbers. Apart from being slightly heavier, it also has stronger powertrain which will additionally limit its fuel economy ratings. However, over 30 mpg combined should be achievable, but how far above that mark, it is still uncertain. Price range in between $20,000 and $25,000 is a safe bet and HR-V shouldn’t cost much more or less than this.
2016 Honda HR-V is a welcome refreshment in the subcompact crossover market which is poised to be one of the busiest segments in the U.S. this year. With its good driving dynamics and some fine features only Honda’s offer, HR-V should have no problems in attaining the top spot in its niche. Will it do that, however, is a different matter entirely.