The crossover SUV category is certainly heating up with the emergence of the new Honda HR-V. You’ve probably heard that name before. Honda released a HR-V back in 1999 and it was one of the very first crossover vehicles on the market. The latest manifestation is a cross between a sports coupe and a rugged sport utility vehicle. Honda certainly is impressed, boasting that “everything [is] perfectly in its place. Most car reviewers seem to agree that this five-door crossover has a taste of everything you’re looking for.
The Honda HR-V is available in four different model trims. There’s the base model S, and the SE with 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE Navi model features a top of the line Honda CONNECT system with Garmin navigation. Then, there’s the stylish EX with a panoramic glass roof over the cabin and LED headlamps.
Let’s take a closer look under the hood. The HR-V has three engine configurations, and on the whole, this vehicle’s performance is an economical blend of power and fuel efficiency. The four cylinder 1.5 Liter i-VTEC engine can go from zero to 62 mph in just over 10 seconds, and boasts a fuel economy rating of 49.6 combined miles per gallon. This engine configuration is also available with a manual or automatic drivetrain. The other option is a 1.6 Liter i-DTEC. It’s a diesel engine that’s slightly faster and is only available with a manual transmission. No matter which engine you choose, when partnered with the ECON button, Idle Stop, and newly-engineered gearboxes, the HR-V is sure to save lots of money at the pump.
The new Honda HR-V has some impressive safety features that you wouldn’t normally find in a vehicle in this category. It has an available Traffic Sign Recognition System. Basically, the HR-V employs a front-facing camera to identify road signs and an onboard software package that delivers traffic reminders to your dashboard instrument panel. The HR-V also has Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, two advanced safety features that are usually only available on executive and luxury class vehicles. There are plenty of additional safety features like front and rear parking sensors, airbags all around the cabin, and electronically-assisted vehicle stability control.
Style and Design
The Honda HR-V has it’s own style that sets it apart from the competition. It’s sleek and aerodynamic. It’s available in eight different exterior colors like Morpho Blue Pearl and Metallic Silver. Inside the HR-V, you’ve got all the controls within reach of the steering wheel and the seven-inch touchscreen brings the world to your fingertips. The interior is fully adaptable and has three main configurations to fit just about any situation. For example, the back seats can be dropped down and the headrests removed for maximum space in Utility Mode.
The Honda HR-V is an affordable crossover SUV that still has it’s own sense of personality and flare. It’s not just sitting in the middle of the road. It has options galore and it gets great fuel economy in the city or the highway. The S model trim starts at just $18,495 and your local dealer can quickly give you a title loan estimate. So give the all new Honda HR-V a test drive and you’re sure to find it quite capable and well within your budget.