For new 2016 Honda HR-V, subcompact SUV market isn’t exactly large and competitive, but does offer some hidden gems like Nissan Juke or Mini Cooper Countryman. They are soon to be joined by Honda’s version of mini crossover in the face of an all new HR-V. However limited this market is now, in the future it can be as competitive as compact SUV market.
Styling and Options
Based upon the same platform as aforementioned Honda Fit, HR-V will be similarly designed vehicle, although slightly higher and thus sturdier. It gets smiling front end fascia with sharp angular headlamps and rather pronounced front fenders. Rear end has a tiny rear quarter window and thick roof pillars, while around the back large tailgate features cut set of tail-lights.
2016 Honda HR-V will offer some upscale features, but exclusively at its highest grade. This way you’ll get leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats, together with plastic dashboard with metallic accents upon it. 7-inch WVGA touch screen display sits atop the dash and takes care of all infotainment purposes including available navigation. Together with navigation package comes HD radio with SiriusXM satellite radio and traffic, while all models get standard Bluetooth streaming, USB port for smart device connectivity and charging and auxiliary jack input.
As a subcompact, HR-V won’t offer too many safety features, especially not those advanced electronic ones. However, rearview camera with parking sensors should be offered and blind-spot monitors would be appreciated as well because of rather low rear outward visibility. All models, on the other hand will get standard airbag system, anti-lock brakes and stability control.
Under the Hood and MPG
Japanese already have their own version of this small vehicle and it is called Vezel over there. US sales will begin in 2015 as 2016 year model and everything should be announced at forthcoming LA auto show. We’ll know for certain in a few days, but it seems that 2016 Honda HR-V will feature the same 1.5L 4-cylinder engine from Honda Fit which should yield similar figures of 130 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque. Transmission will be CVT, and both front and all-wheel drive will be offered. We also know that European version will benefit from 1.6L diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission, but we won’t see these in the States.
1.5L 4-cylinder in Fit reaches as much as 40 mpg on the highway. 2016 Honda HR-V will be sturdier, that’s true, but should still return similar figures which could be as high as 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. These numbers stand for front-wheel drive models, while optional all-wheel drive could lower them by a point or two.
2016 Honda HR-V Price
New Honda’s crossover will most likely be ready and available for prices between $20,000 and $25,000. Additional details about release date and exact price will be published after New Year.
2016 Honda HR-V will be a welcome addition, not only to Honda’s own lineup, but to the markets in general as there aren’t many vehicles that compete in this segment. It’ll be highly fuel-efficient crossover which is a rarity, but then again, it is a subcompact, is it not? Nicely built and adequately refined, this is a perfect city ute for everyday use.