The 2016 Honda HR-V marks a new generation in the coveted Honda history book, fusing the compact and economical dimensions of the Honda Fit creating a little crossover utility car with an eye-catching design. Though it's smaller than the CR-V, the car exists to take on with the Jeep Renegade, FIAT 500X, Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3.
This will be the first time that Honda is offering a subcompact SUV in the United States, and in this case, with many attempts made by the automakers, it leaves a lot of room for improvement. In fact, it also nails a few of the basics such as the driving dynamics.
Honda's HR-V is the smallest and most affordable SUV to date. The car balances smoothness and agility, however, veers on the side of being firm, as most Honda vehicles do. In addition, it has a coupe-like styling, clever rear Magic Seat, spacious cargo bay, excellent fuel economy, manual transmission, LaneWatch side blind-zone view and abundant standard features.
The car is equipped with a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine, 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive models come with a 6-speed manual transmission and got an Environmental Protection Agency estimate of 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The automaker designed the car to look sporty and handsome, thanks to taller height and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. The car is also sleeker looking compared to the larger CR-V. Virtually, every surface inside the vehicle is black plastic, which makes the inside interior feel drab and reduces the sense of quality and craftsmanship.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is available in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L with navigation. All-Wheel-Drive is also available on all trims. Starting price for the LX is $19,115 and the EX, $21,165. Given the success of the Fit and CR-V, it's still a great car with a little package offering a lot of genuinely usable space, a reasonable performance and a driving feel that is a lot better than any average SUV.