A Closer Look into the New Honda HR-V
Looking into buying a new car this 2015? You might just be interested in the new Honda HR-V, which is to hit dealerships early next year.
The HR-V is the vehicle that’s bigger than the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback but smaller than the CR-V compact crossover. The Japan automaker calls this new compact SUV a multidimensional vehicle that promises a “fun to drive” performance, impressive fuel economy and cabin versatility and a spacious interior. The HR-V was first seen at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
So, what makes the Honda HR-V different?
The HR-V is nothing like the subcompact hatchback; it has none of the Honda Fit’s angular wedge and less of the CR-V’s blocky rear-end cues. This new addition to the Honda collection has a sportier, coupe-like appearance with its strong horizontal lines. It also has a smooth roofline and hidden rear door handles. In the front is a two-tier grille with honeycomb cutouts as well as angular headlights that complement its sporty look.
Just like the Honda Fit, the HR-V is equipped with the Magic Seat, which allows you to fold it completely flat to improve storage space. It can seat five passengers with its spacious and versatile interior, which is made possible by center-mounted fuel tank. The HR-V has 100.1 cubic feet of maximum passenger volume and 58.8 cubic feet of additional space when the second row is folded. Although the CR-V is roomier with its 35.5 cubit feet, the HR-V is on par with 2015 Kia Sol and far more than the Chevrolet Trax.
Standard features of the HR-V include power windows, power mirrors, power door and tailgate locks. Then, there’s a rearview camera, aluminum-alloy wheels, audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and Pandora radio. Plus, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen audio system.
Under the Hood
The HR-V has the same powertrain from the Civic with its 8-liter four-cylinder, giving the car its 138 horsepower. It can come with an automatic transmission or manual transmission. You might also want a two-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive.
The automaker claims that the HR-V will have class-leading fuel economy with its 1.8-liter. This sporty SUV will compete against the Kia Soul’s base engine and the Chevrolet Trax.