The redesigned 2023 HR-V, which is Honda’s most affordable and smallest crossover SUV, is regarded as one of the best subcompact SUVs in the market. The HR-V packs plenty of utility and features into a small package. As a result, it’s ideal for those who want an SUV without a high price tag.
The new 2023 Honda HR-V has a stylish and sporty exterior, including a redesigned front end with a blacked-out grille and sharp LED headlights, giving it a more aggressive look than the previous model. In addition, the Sport trim level comes with larger 18-inch wheels and a sporty body kit, further adding to its sporty appeal.
Overall, the HR-V’s exterior design is significantly improved over the previous model. It offers a greater combination of performance, features, and value, making it an excellent choice for buyers looking for a practical crossover SUV starting under $30K.
However, the 2023 Honda HR-V competes with several other popular crossover SUVs in a crowded market segment. One of its main competitors is the Toyota C-HR, which offers similar features and performance but has a smaller cargo area. The Mazda CX-30 is another popular choice, offering excellent handling and a luxurious interior, but it comes at a higher price than the HR-V.
For a subcompact SUV, the cargo area is spacious, with 24.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and up to 58.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This makes the HR-V a practical choice for those who need to haul large items or go on road trips.
Power: One of the most significant changes is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine shared with the Civic. Although it only generates 158 horsepower, it quickly accelerates from zero to 60 mph in around eight seconds. It is just right in dense urban traffic. It is paired with a smooth and responsive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and has front-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive as an available option.
Models/Price: The 2023 Honda HR-V comes in three different trim levels: LX ($25,096), Sport ($27,195), and EX-L ($29,195 MSRP.). The base LX model has a long list of standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sport trim level adds larger 18-inch wheels, sports pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The EX version includes a sunroof, heated front seats, and keyless entry with a push-button start. Finally, the top-of-the-line EX-L model adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Safety: All three trim levels have standard safety features such as forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. These safety features are designed to help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road and give them more peace of mind.
Fuel Economy: Built on the same platform as the Honda Civic, the HR-V is wider and has a longer wheelbase, which provides a smoother ride. However, the 2023 Civic has an estimated fuel economy of up to 36 combined mpg, compared to 28 combined mpg for the HR-V.
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