Honda has given its 2023 HR-V a whole makeover, the higher to fight the onslaught of fascinating and trendy small SUVs which have flooded the market. The outgoing technology was sensible and provided good worth nevertheless it lagged the phase’s greatest—the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30—in nearly each means. No shock then that the brand new HR-V appears completely totally different from the outgoing mannequin. The brand new HR-V shares its platform with the Civic and makes use of a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four from Honda’s compact sedan. Gone, sadly, is the outgoing mannequin’s trick second-row Magic Seat, which flipped right down to make the HR-V probably the most versatile cargo-friendly small SUVs. However the brand new technology is wider and longer, which Honda claims advantages inside house. Impartial rear suspension replaces the previous mannequin’s torsion beam setup, a change that guarantees to enhance ride-and-handling. The brand new mannequin additionally receives up to date infotainment options and extra fashionable driver-assistance expertise.
What’s New for 2023?
Honda’s smallest crossover has been fully redesigned for the 2023 mannequin yr and goes on sale this summer time.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
Pricing for the 2023 HR-V has elevated barely over the outgoing mannequin, and the mid-range EX trim has been dropped. Of the three remaining trims, we expect the Sport makes probably the most sense, and we admire its barely extra aggressive exterior styling: it’s the one trim that comes with 18-inch wheels, the most important provided.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
In Europe, the HR-V is powered by a hybrid powertrain borrowed from the Perception and Accord however the U.S. model comes with a conventional gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 158 horsepower. If that sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of the identical engine serves as the bottom powertrain within the Civic. The HR-V managed a 9.4-second launch to 60 mph throughout our acceleration testing. That is over a full second slower than the extra highly effective non-turbo Mazda CX-30 and two-tenths slower than the 147-hp Hyundai Kona. Within the HR-V, the two.0-liter four-cylinder feels torpid and gutless, however for the reason that SUV shares its platform with the Civic, we might see a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter or a hybrid powertrain be part of the lineup down the highway. For now, front-wheel drive and a constantly variable computerized transmission (CVT) are the usual association however all-wheel drive is on the market as an possibility on all trims. The outgoing HR-V didn’t ship the quiet athleticism we count on of Hondas, however this new technology corrects that with a chassis inherited from the spry Civic.
Gas Economic system and Actual-World MPG
Gas economic system estimates are highest on front-wheel drive fashions, that are rated at 26 mpg metropolis and 32 mpg freeway. Going with all-wheel drive drops town score to 25 mpg and the freeway score to 30 mpg. Throughout our 75-mph freeway gas economic system check route the HR-V beat its EPA estimate by 2 mpg. And we managed 440 miles of freeway driving on a single tank of fuel. For extra details about the HR-V’s gas economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
The HR-V adopts a extra fashionable inside design impressed by the redesigned Civics’; it’s each traditional and engaging. The entrance seats are comfy and supportive whereas offering a variety of adjustment. The outgoing mannequin provided Honda’s novel second-row Magic Seat, which permits the rear bench to flip and fold to create an particularly low, flat ground. That characteristic helped the HR-V lead the phase in cargo capability regardless of its diminutive measurement. Sadly, the brand new HR-V has deserted that characteristic, however Honda claims that the brand new mannequin’s cargo bay is bigger and that lift-over peak has been decreased to assist with loading heavy gadgets.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All fashions include both a 7.0- or 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the bigger show presents wi-fi connectivity for these options, nevertheless it’s restricted to the highest EX-L trim. Additionally customary on the EX-L is a wi-fi smartphone charging pad. We count on to additionally see options reminiscent of SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, a minimum of as choices.
Security and Driver-Help Options
Honda presents a bunch of driver-assistance applied sciences on the HR-V, together with an adaptive cruise management system and a lane-keeping characteristic. For extra details about the HR-V’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Normal automated emergency braking
- Normal lane-departure warning with lane-keeping help
- Normal adaptive cruise management
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Honda’s customary guarantee bundle is pretty primary, and rival SUVs such because the Kona and Seltos include for much longer protection plans. Patrons of the Toyota C-HR will discover a two-year complimentary upkeep plan, however Honda presents no such perk.
2023 Honda HR-V
Car Sort: front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base: LX, $24,895; Sport, $26,895; EX-L, $28,695
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port gas injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1996 cm3
Energy: 158 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
constantly variable computerized
Wheelbase: 104.5 in
Size: 179.8 in
Width: 72.4 in
Top: 63.4–63.8 in
Passenger Quantity: 98–99 ft3
Cargo Quantity: 24 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3150–3350 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 8.3–9.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.4–17.0 sec
High Velocity: 115 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 25–26/30–32/27–28 mpg