2023 Honda HR-V moves upscale while remaining affordable

O Honda HR-V 2023 The SUV has finally been revealed, making its US debut on Tuesday. Thanks to its eye-catching new exterior and prime interior finishes, the new HR-V is rising in the world.

This SUV is based on the 11th generation Honda Civic, an excellent starting point. These new, tough bones allowed the HR-V to grow as it grew. The vehicle is a few inches wider than its predecessor, nearly 9 inches longer, and rolls on a wheelbase that has been stretched by 1.7 inches. Along with its new frame, there’s also a new independent rear suspension that should improve both ride and handling.

the second generation HR-V will be offered in three trim levels: entry-level LX, mid-range Sport and high-end EX-L. Regardless of the model, this vehicle has a clean and beautiful style. The front end looks a bit like the old Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback or perhaps a slightly more angular Ford Escape. This prominent grille is flanked by inlets on the front bumper that direct air around the tires for better aerodynamics.

Differentiating these models, the LX-Class rides on painted 17-inch alloy wheels and features a matte-finished grille insert. A notch up, the midrange Sport trim is graced with a more aggressive grille mesh, a gloss black rear spoiler and a chrome finish on the exhaust. There’s also a metallic metallic rear bumper add-on and 18-inch wheels. Finally, for an even more sophisticated look, the top-of-the-line EX-L trim features a special high-gloss black grille insert, high-gloss black door pillar trims and darkened bumper finishes. The EX-Ls also use 17-inch gray wheels with a machined finish.

one and done

The 2023 HR-V features just one engine: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline 4 that delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, numbers we suspect are just adequate numbers in an SUV, especially with a load. full of passengers and parcels. Unfortunately, the Civic’s lovely 1.5-liter turbo engine isn’t available here, at least not right now. Regardless, that 2.0-liter engine promises better handling, lower emissions and greater fuel economy than the 1.8-liter I4 found in the outgoing HR-V.

A familiar continuously variable transmission is standard and can simulate traditional gear shifts so there is less engine hum. All-wheel drive is available, though interestingly, descent control is standard across the model line-up, even front-wheel-drive HR-Vs, which is kind of weird.

As for fuel economy, this Honda it is estimated to return 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive variants will be a little less efficient. They are expected to be stickers at 25, 30 and 27 respectively.

There’s not much to get excited about under the hood.

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cousin and proud of it

Inside, the 2023 Honda HR-V doesn’t disappoint. Almost a copy/paste of the new Civic’s cabin, the dashboard is strongly horizontal and made with minimal cut lines to reduce windshield reflections. Just like its small car counterpart, honeycomb mesh quest runs door-to-door and looks just as nice in this app. Between the front seats, which feel soft but supportive, is a unique – and quite curvaceous – well-padded center console, even on the base model.

A 7-inch digital instrument cluster is standard equipment. The LX and Sport models also come with a 7-inch touchscreen that supports both Android Auto and Apple Car Play, although the EX-L finish has a 9-inch screen that can wirelessly connect to both smartphone mirroring systems. The EX-L HR-V also comes with a wireless charger and an eight-speaker audio system.

The interior of the 2023 HR-V is a big step forward.

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Reducing driver fatigue and improving safety, the Honda Sensing Aid Kit is standard. Updated with a new single wide-angle camera that has a 100-degree field of view, this system performs better than the previous setup, which featured a radar sensor along with an optical camera. Honda Sensing includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed tracking and lane-keeping assistance. In addition, traffic sign recognition and traffic jam assistance are new for 2023. Blind spot monitoring is also available.

When it comes to luggage space, the new HR-V offers 24.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat, a space that has plenty of head and leg room for the adult passenger, and smart touch-sensitive reading lights. Reducing strain on the back, the load height is nice and low at just about 27 inches. Drop this vehicle’s 60/40 split rear seatback (which results in an almost flat floor, an amazing feature for sliding cargo straight through) and the cargo compartment expands to 55.1 cubes. Helping things look good for years to come, the texture used on the lower door panels and trunk sides is designed to hide scratches.

This SUV should start hitting dealerships in June.

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Reasonable price, available soon

With its Civic-based underpinnings, fresh exterior styling, lovely new interior and generous tech help, we suspect the 2023 Honda HR-V will be one of the best small utility vehicles when it goes on sale, which it will soon.

The redesigned HR-V is expected to begin landing at dealerships this month. This sporty little SUV should start at $24,895, including $1,245 in shipping and handling fees. In total, the HR-V is expected to reach around 30K and change, which isn’t too bad.

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