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Honda HR-V Shows Us That Small Is Good

 June 16, 2015  /  Comments Off on Honda HR-V Shows Us That Small Is Good

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The Honda HR-V offers a clear demonstration that there is beauty in small packages. This all-new for 2016 model is the smallest SUV in Honda’s line up yet, slotting below the CR-V and joining the Pilot. The booming subcompact crossover utility vehicle segment has much to offer. The Honda HR-V may be one of the best of the newbies.

The Segment

Until recently, the smallest SUV segment barely existed. Sure, you had the Nissan Juke, but nothing else. Unless you count the Kia Soul and the Mini Countryman, models that defy easy categorization.

The auto trends toward smaller SUVs has been building in recent years. It started with luxury models, particularly compact SUVs such as the Lincoln MKC, Lexus NX and the Audi Q3. Consumers, however, have been demanding even smaller mainstream models and this year the Honda was joined by the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and other models. Each vehicle offers standard front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive.

Exterior Highlights

Fans familiar with the Honda CR-V will notice some similarities between the two models. This is intentional, in a bid to align the two products and to provide a stepping stone from HR-V to CR-V and on to the Pilot.

The sleek, chiseled lines demonstrate that this is no boring model. Indeed, Honda took care to ensure that its overall visage is a pleasant one and placed 17-inch alloy wheels shod within all-season tires to offer a dramatic statement across the model line explained Mavis discount tires.

And this model offers a number of high-end features. These include: roof rails, heated side mirrors, LED brake lights and smart entry.

Honda HR-V Shows Us That Small Is Good

Interior Highlights

Inside, seating is for as many as five. And that’s a big deal in a segment where four is the typical seating arrangement. The cabin is expansive for its size, and comes with a 5- or a 7-inch touch screen. You can also sync your smartphone, enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming, make use of your USB connection and tap your fingers to the tunes emitting from a 180-watt, 6-speaker audio system. Pandora, SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio is available on some models.

All models come with vanity mirrors, power accessories, cruise control, two 12-volt outlets, map lights, an LED pocket light, beverage holders, floor mats, cargo tie down anchors and a cargo area light. Push button start, an automatic dimming rear mirror, a leather wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control is available.

Performance

Under the hood is a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine making 141 horsepower and with an output of 127 foot-pounds of torque. This 16-valve engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission on two-wheel drive models only or a continuously variable transmission elsewhere.

The Honda HR-V is rated as high as 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway and takes regular grade gasoline. Its 13.2 gallon fuel tank provides a maximum driving range of 462 miles.

Safety Features

Honda products are loaded with safety features. The HR-V will not disappoint.

This vehicle comes with traction control and stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, daytime running lights, and a tire pressure monitoring system. A rear view camera is standard and comes with dynamic guidelines on upper trim level models.

The Bottom Line

The Honda HR-V may provide everything you want in a vehicle at a price point that starts below $20,000. Nicely optioned, this model can be had for under $25,000.

The HR-V sits on a 102.8-inch wheelbase and is 169.1 inches long by 69.8 inches wide by 63.2 inches tall. It weighs approximately 3,000 pounds and offers 23.2 cubic feet of storage space.

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