2016 Honda HR-V Details — U.S.-Spec HR-V Features, Engine and Trims
The 2016 Honda HR-V subcompact crossover will be released early 2015. The automaker revealed the production model at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Although the U.S.-spec 2016 Honda HR-V doesn’t come with more than one engine, it has other features which make it very attractive. Equipped with the Magic Seat feature, the subcompact crossover provides a lot of space inside. The exterior design is based on the 2015 Honda Urban SUV concept; although we know that the 2016 HR-V is actually the American counterpart of the Honda Vezel crossover, it looks attractive and fresh. The automaker’s plan is to establish a very reliable and beloved model in the growing subcompact crossover market niche where the rest of the competitors hasn’t released their models yet. Honda delivered the subcompact crossover on the American soil in a timely manner. Aside from the timing, the 2016 Honda HR-V probably has numerous other qualities, since they have a great chance to establish the HR-V as a synonym for a CUV and to create a large fanbase for the future.
2016 Honda HR-V Appearance
The appearance of the 2016 Honda HR-V looks appealing. It’s far from a futuristic unleashed designer’s dream, but it’s very attractive with all the brand’s recognizable styling cues and subcompact size. They have built the 2016 HR-V on the platform of the Honda Fit. Those two have something in common, but since the HR-V is a crossover and the Fit is a subcompact hatchback, the similarities aren’t so obvious. When talking about similarities, the 2016 Honda HR-V has more things in common with the Honda CR-V. Of course, the subcompact crossover is significantly smaller, but the size difference doesn’t seem that big. Thanks to the clever exterior design, the 10-inch difference in overall length between those two couldn’t be spotted so easily. Of course, when the crossovers are placed next to each other, the size difference is obvious. However, it’s very interesting that, although the 2016 Honda HR-V comes from a completely different market segment, the subcompact’s wheelbase is only 0.3 inches shorter than the CR-V wheelbase.
Interior – Available Space, Magic Seat and Features
One of the most important aspects of every subcompact vehicle is how much space its cabin can provide. Thanks to the famous Magic Seat feature, the 2016 Honda HR-V will be able to provide 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are flattened into the floor. Having in mind that the CR-V has 70.9 cubic feet of space with all the seats folded, the 2016 HR-V looks unbelievable spacious. Of course, a lot of interior space couldn’t be the only upside they’ve planned to offer to the American market. The 2016 Honda HR-V comes in three trims – LX, EX and EX-L. Since it should be an affordable and reliable choice with great versatility, the crossover won’t be loaded with tons of advanced technology, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be decently equipped. The standard version comes with features such as an electronic parking brake, a rearview camera and Hill Start Assist. Higher trims will offer more. It’s possible to get a version of the HR-V with heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen and a navigation system.
2016 Honda HR-V Engine Specs, Transmission and Drive
We said that the automaker is going to offer the 2016 Honda HR-V with only one engine. Although they could offer more engine options, the mill that’s going to be installed under the crossover’s hood could satisfy the most of the customers of the segment. The 2016 HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which is able to generate 138 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The crossover will be available with both front- and all-wheel drive. Of course, front-wheel drive will be standard, while all-wheel drive will be available as an option. As for the transmission, the 2016 Honda HR-V will have two options – a six-speed manual and a CVT. While the CVT will be available on all versions, the six-speed manual gearbox won’t be available with all-wheel drive.
2016 Honda HR-V Release
The 2016 Honda HR-V will be released early 2015, as we already said. The crossover’s pricing will be revealed later, but certainly before the release.