2023 Honda HR-V – Honda’s most compact SUV is getting an update that’s much-needed. At the exact time, it’s scheduled to arrive at dealerships, Honda has released lots of additional information on the new 2023 HR-V, including prices, engine specs, and the features. We also have confirmation that the new model is much larger than the previous model it, bringing it towards the smaller CRV which is now one of the most significant entry points into the subcompact-crossover segment. Starting at $24,895 but ranging all the way to $30,195 for a model that is loaded The new HR-V is also a bit more expensive than the previous model.
2023 Honda HR-V Review
While the model before it shared its platform with the removed Fit hatchback The new HR-V runs upon the same foundation as the 11th generation Civic. The wheelbase increases by 1.7 inches, and it’s an impressive 9.4 inches longer than the previous model which makes it 2.3 inches less as the Honda CRV (a new CR-V model is planned in 2023 but that could also grow). The cargo volume hasn’t changed much as it has the same 24 cubic feet of storage space in the back seat, and 55 cubic feet when the back seats folded. Unfortunately, the HR-V’s incredibly configurable rear seat, which made it possible for the lower cushions to fold out for larger objects, has been removed however the rear seats can still fold flat.
The HR-V’s powertrain of choice is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four engine, is shared along with Honda’s Civic automobile and hatchback. It has the equivalent of 158 horsepower and 138 pounds of torque. This is better than the older HR-V’s 141 horsepower 1.8-liter engine but just average figures by the standards of this class. Continuously variable auto transmission is the only option and front-wheel drive is the standard, with all-wheel drive being a $1500 option.
Interior improvements include the standard 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster as well as more modern infotainment software, both for that standard 7.0-inch center screen as well as the additional 9.0-inch screen. The design of the dashboard is similar to that of the Civic’s design, featuring mesh covers of the vents, which extends across the center stack as well as the passenger side. The modern drive mode switcher that includes Normal, Sport, and Eco settings, as well as hill-descent controls, are common across all models, despite the HR-V’s absence of any genuine off-road features.
Honda claims EPA combined fuel-economy ratings of either 27 mpg or 28 mpg depending on configuration–that’s a bit worse than the outgoing model, which earns combined ratings of 28-30 mpg. However, even though Honda offers a different version of its HR-V in Europe that is equipped with a hybrid engine, we’re not convinced that there’s a hybrid version of the HR-V will be coming into our part of the U.S. Honda has only been talking about future hybrid variants of the revamped CR-V and Accord as well as a brand new Civic hybrid that will be replaced by the Insight.
Honda has already provided us with an overview of the new HR-V, but the Japanese automaker has yet revealed any details on the powertrain. We’re all familiar with what it’s like, and we’re aware of how flexible the cargo it will carry. However, with regards to its engine, it’s still in the dark. It appears that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has different plans, however, it has revealed certain details about the 2023 HR-V’s hood as well as its fuel efficiency. The increase is of engine displacement. Naturally, the efficiency of fuel is affected in both front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains. As per the EPA according to the EPA, according to the EPA, 2023 Honda HR-V will forego the present naturally aspirated 1.8-liter for a larger 2.0-liter that is still non-turbocharged. It is available as FWD as well as AWD, and CVT will remain the option for transmission. With the growth in engine size is the change in fuel economy ratings. The 2023 HR-V in FWD guise is rated at 26/32/28 (city/highway/combined), while the AWD version is rated at 25/30/27. When compared to the 2022 rating it is notable that there’s a reduction in the efficiency of fuel.
The issue is now this 2.0-liter engine’s output of power. When you look at the 11th generation Honda Civic (where the American HR-V actually is built) it is the commonly aspirated four-pot inline DOHC i-VTEC engine that produces the power of 158 horsepower (118 Kilowatts) and 138 pounds-feet (187 Newton-meters) in torque. It is important to note that non-American HR-Vs have hybrid powertrains as do those made available within Indonesia, as well as the Philippines, which are powered by a much more powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces 174 horsepower (130 kW) and 177 Lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It’s an untuned model of the 2022 Honda Civic’s turbocharged 1.5L i4 engine that is sold across the US.
2023 Honda HR-V Release Date & Price
The trim levels are LX, Sport, and EX-L. The Sport ($26,895) with the 18-inch wheel and the black trim that helps visually distinguish it. The EX-L, priced at $28,695, includes leather-lined interiors and a larger touchscreen, as well as other options. 2023 HR-V models are expected to start coming into Honda dealerships in the month of March.