Honda HR-V

The redesigned HR-V gets upgraded to the newly redesigned Civic's platform, making it a much more substantial car by being quieter, more comfortable riding and roomier. Gaining 11 inches in length, this new HR-V is now larger but it lost its magic rear seat that was able to flip up and the super low floor.
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Redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size and Power

The subcompact SUV moves up in price and features


The second-generation Honda HR-V is larger, more powerful, and better equipped than the model it replaces.

The original HR-V was spun off from the now-discontinued Fit subcompact hatchback for the 2016 model year, creating a low-priced starter SUV. This redesigned version steps up to the newly redesigned Civic’s platform, granting it a longer wheelbase, more interior space, a more powerful engine, and an independent rear suspension that could aid both ride and handling. The outgoing model uses a space-efficient but less sophisticated torsion beam system on front-drive versions.

These significant improvements and larger size promise to position the HR-V better against the latest competition, which includes models that didn’t exist when the HR-V was first introduced, like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Toyota Corolla Cross.

Gaining 11 inches in length, this new HR-V is a much larger vehicle than the original, and longer than most subcompact SUVs. In fact, the dimensions put it quite close to the current CR-V in length and width.

Along with the numerous upgrades comes a base price that’s almost $2,000 more than the 2022 model. But that money looks to be well spent.

Here’s what we know so far.

It competes with the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue Sport, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross, and Volkswagen Taos.

This new HR-V looks more mature, even a bit upscale. Gone are the odd high-mounted rear door handles. They’re replaced by traditional grips. The body is sculpted with smooth curves that move the look closer to that of the latest Honda SUVs and away from the crisp creases seen in Honda’s cars.

Even still, the appearance looks a bit dated compared to the edgy styling on some of the latest small SUVs. Contributing to the clean looks is the lack of chrome around the grille or side glass.

The HR-V Sport is distinguished by a horizontal-theme grille, black rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip, and 18-inch, five-spoke black wheels. The top EX-L trim has gloss-black exterior trim and gray 17-inch wheels.

The upgraded suspension should help road manners. And moving to the Civic-shared 2.0-liter engine sounds intriguing, but the performance depends on the vehicle’s weight. Newborn rival Toyota Corolla Cross has 11 more horsepower and its acceleration is tepid. Best temper your expectations.

Impressions This new HR-V looks more mature, even a bit upscale. Gone are the odd high-mounted rear door handles.
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