Honda has finally decided to launch its first subcompact crossover – the 2016 Honda HR-V – based on the redesigned Fit hatchback. The point of this new model is to add passenger and cargo space without resorting to the hefty size of traditional compact crossovers. Has the automakers succeeded? Find out in our review.
The 2016 Honda HR-V seems to have captures the perfect size as far compact crossovers go. It is a bit smaller than the CR-V, but larger than the Fit. It may seem slightly too small from the outside, but the driver and all the passengers get a reasonable amount of space for both legs and heads. The HR-V also has a whole new look to it, which is really exciting for Honda lovers. On top of this, we can’t forget Honda’s fuel efficiency, which we are sure people on a tight budget will appreciate.
Honda HR-V’s exterior design looks as fresh as you’d expect – it’s a new vehicle, after all. The shape of the grille is very similar to that on every other Honda vehicle, with the stylized “H” logo displayed front and centre. On each side of the grille is a pair of slim headlights, stretching back toward the sides of the crossover. Underneath are the vehicle’s circular foglights. You will find indents on the hood, forming lines that point toward the focal point of the vehicle, the Honda logo. At the back, Honda went with a completely new design for its taillights. The width of the taillights seems to be more pronounced than on the CR-V – a perfect fit, complemented rather well by a curved indent on the cargo door.
The interior design doesn’t seem to look too different from the CR-V. With the hump on the roof of the crossover, everyone onboard will get more than enough headroom. The interior overall is a very spacious environment, offering more than 100 cubic feet. This means that passengers in the front and back seats will have more than enough legroom. The HR-V also has Honda’s “magic seat” function, which enables the second-row seats to fold into lawn chairs. The seats are definitely more flexible than anything found on the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and Jeep Renegade.
Under the hood, Honda HR-V has a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, which can produce 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. It’s not fast, but it’s not awful either. It take about 8.4 seconds for the vehicle to reach 100 kilometres per hour, with a speed of about 198 kilometres per hour. In terms of fuel efficiency, the HR-V consumes about 9 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Not bad for a family crossover. Not bad at all.
It’s hard to tell how the HR-V will perform on the market as this is its first year, but it definitely has a lot of potential, and given Honda, immaculate track record, we’re it will do well.
2016 Honda HR-V
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 7.7 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|EX 6MT||$23,290||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX AWD CVT||$26,890||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX CVT||$24,590||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|EX-L AWD CVT||$30,090||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX 6MT||$20,790||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX AWD CVT||$24,390||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LX CVT||$22,090||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The 2016 HR-V might share the Fit's chassis, but underhood it borrows the Civic's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. It's rated at 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque (slightly less than it produces in the Civic). That's pretty meager low-end punch, which, depending on the HR-V's overall weight, isn't likely to deliver inspired acceleration.
The four-cylinder will pair with either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual. Shifting gears yourself might quicken the HR-V a tick, but you can only get the manual with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option and works by operating in front-wheel-drive mode until the car senses slippage and sends power to the rear wheels to maintain traction.
Read more at Edmunds.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
Step inside, and the dual-screen clutter of bigger Hondas is gone. This is a very tidy cabin, with better finishes and materials than the Fit. The clean dash surfaces have a foible or two, like the slim air vents cut into the passenger-side dash. Expensive versions get a big infotainment touchscreen that doubles as a display for audio and safety systems. Some details look better than they work, like the touch-sensitive climate controls—they look like they belong on a more expensive car, to be sure, but they're also tough to operate while driving.
Read more at The Car Connection.
The HR-V comes standard with a rearview camera, and options include a wider-image rearview camera as well as LaneWatch, a right-side camera that displays views down the body to street level at the click of the turn signal. It's an unusual view that takes a little while to get used to, but once you're used to it, LaneWatch supplies some of the same information you'd get in blind-spot monitors--which the HR-V does not offer.
Visibility in the HR-V is better than expected to the rear, given the SUV's big roof pillars and upswept rear end. It's easy to check your six: the rear-seat headrests drop into the rear seatbacks for an unimpeded view out the rear glass.
Read more at The Car Connection.
|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format), touch screen and colour screen|
|Audio Connectivity: USB front and HDMI connection front|
|Front and rear mud flaps|
|Brake assist system|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Electronic hand brake|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Load restraint: hooks|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,725.00|
|Cargo area light|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|1 12V in cargo area, front and rear|
|Front reading lights|
|Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking|
|Rear camera parking distance sensors|
|Passenger assist handles|
|HondaLink Assist telematics system Via own phone|
|HandsFreeLink voice activating system; includes phone|
|Remote control trunk/hatch release|
|Text to speech / speech to text|
|Entertainment display screen located in front 7.0 and touch screen|
|Navigation via mobile phone|
|Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,003, rear headroom (mm): 973, front hip room (mm): 1,349, rear hip room (mm): 1,204, front leg room (mm): 1,047, rear leg room (mm): 998, front shoulder room (mm): 1,443 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,384|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,294, overall width (mm): 1,772, overall height (mm): 1,605, ground clearance (mm): 170, wheelbase (mm): 2,610, front track (mm): 1,535, rear track (mm): 1,540 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,400|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 1,665 and all seats in place: 688|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Engine: 1.8L in-line four-cylinder i-VTEC® with VVT|
|Emissions data: CO2: 3,804 kg/yr|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 9.3 ; highway= 7.0 ; combined= 8.3 ;|
|Power: 141 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 127 ft lb of torque @ 4,300 rpm|
|Fuel tank: 50 litre capacity|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Fuel system: multi-point injection|
|Multi-function display screen 7.0, touch screen and 1|
|Main dashboard display|
|Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Low tire pressure monitor|
|Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment, carpet in load area and none|
|Daytime running lights|
|LED brake lights and rear lights|
|Headlights: halogen with complex surface lens halogen|
|Remote keyless power locks ; automatic locking|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Front side airbags|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Crash test results IIHS, Acceptable, Good, Acceptable, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 5.00 and 4|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre|
|Front driver seat : heated, bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : heated, bucket|
|Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three split|
|Front seat centre armrest|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Main service variable distance/period|
|Intermediate service 8,000, 12 and variable distance/period|
|Power steering type|
|Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment|
|Full floor console with covered storage|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs|
|Electronic traction control|
|Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor|
|Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) stability control|
|4.705:1 axle ratio|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Air conditioning with automatic control|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Trim level: LX|
|Version information 01 Apr 2016|
|Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable|
|Windscreen wiper de-icer|
|Rear view mirror|
|Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows|
|Windshield wipers with fixed intermittent wipe|
|Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - OEM: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - OEM 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 1,815, published curb weight (kg): 1,314, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 0, gross trailer weight unbraked (kg): 0, payload allowance (kg): 501, Manufacturer’s own, 1,815 and 0|
|Front and rear all-season tires 215/55/V|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|
|Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x|