Ladies and gentlemen, say “hello” to Honda’s latest and smallest crossover for 2016, the HR-V. As more of us transition from sedans to crossovers, even shoppers in the compact segment of the auto industry are clamoring for a crossover to meet their lifestyle. Compared to a low-riding sedans, hatchbacks and wagons, car-based crossovers provide the perfect blend of cargo carrying capabilities of a SUV mixed with the driving dynamics of a sedan on which they are built.
The Buick Encore and Jeep Renegade were the pioneers of this segment. But, new entrants like the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500x and others are quickly populating the segment and are transforming it into the new cash cow for many import and domestic auto makers. With the addition of the 2016 Honda HR-V into the mix, the future of the compact crossover looks brighter than even brighter.Now, the time has arrived to see if the new 2016 Honda HR-V has the potential to become a sales success for the auto maker or not. So, let’s get started, shall we?
In International markets, Honda will power the subcompact HR-V with a 130 horsepower 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine (this is the same engine found in the Honda Fit compact hatchback).. However, all U.S. bound HR-V models will be powered by a 1.8 L 4-cylinder plucked from the larger Honda Civic. This engine is slightly powerful than the 1.5 L unit as it produces 141 horsepower @ 6500 RPM and 127 lb.ft. of torque @ 4300 RPM.
All of the power from the engine is either routed to the front wheel or to all wheels via a six-speed manual (FWD equipped LX and EX) or a CVT with 7 preset gear ratios (LX, EX, and EX-L Navi). 0 to 60 mph sprint takes a manufacturer estimated 8.5 to 9.6 seconds and the run to 100 from 0 mph takes a manufacturer estimated 25.5 to 31.0 seconds. Terminal velocity is 115 miles per hour.
EPA officially rates the CVT and FWD equipped 2016 Honda HR-V at 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. HR-V models optioned with FWD and the manual transmission see the fuel efficiency ratings drop to 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. HR-V models equipped with AWD and the CVT transmission are rated at 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is based on the compact Honda Fit hatchback. But dimensions wise, the HR-V is much longer, taller and wider than the Fit. The wheelbase measures in at 102.8 in, the overall length is 169.1 inches long, its 69.8 inches wide and 63.2 inches tall. For those who are wondering or are comparing the dimensions of the HR-V with the Fit, the crossover is 3.2 inches longer, the front track is 2.1 inches wider, the rear track is 2.6 inches wider, overall length is longer by 9.1 inches, wider by 2.8 inches and taller by 3.2 inches.
Depending on the seating configuration, the interior volume in the 2016 Honda HR-V varies from 96.1 cubic feet to 100.1 cubic feet. Likewise, the cargo capacity also varies according to the seating arrangement from 23.2 cubic feet to 24.3 cubic feet.
Options and Packages
Like all other Honda models, the 2016 HR-V does not offer any optional extras, but the company has a good reputation for packing its features into convenient trim levels. At launch, the HR-V will be available in the base LX, mid-range EX, and top-of-the-range EX-L Navi trims.
Regardless of which trim level you choose, all 2016 Honda HR-V models will come standard with backup cameras.
The LX ($19,995) trim features a lot of standard creature comforts including Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and Air Conditioning. This price buys you a base HR-V with front wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. If you would to add the CVT gearbox, it will be an additional $800 and the AWD system will set you back another $1250.
The EX ($22,045) trim adds power moonroof, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control, automatic on/off headlights, push button start, 7-inch touchscreen operated radio unit, and heated front seats. Again, if you want CVT transmission and AWD system, it will cost you an additional $800 and $1250 respectively.
The top-of-the-range EX-L Navi ($25,470 for FWD and $26,720 for AWD) includes leather, navigation, HD Radio, Satellite Radio, and roof rails on top of all the features mentioned in the lower two trims.
Safety and Convenience
Since Honda does not offer any additional options on any of their models, the 2016 Honda HR-V does not feature any high-tech safety features like blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning in any of its three trim levels. However, the 2016 Honda HR-V does offer the usual list of safety features like front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, TPMS, traction control and other features.
But, when it comes to convenience, the 2016 Honda HR-V has got your back. Like the Fit on which it is based, the fuel tank in the HR-V is located underneath the front seats, this enables the rear seat cushions to fold upwards to make room for tall items in the crossover. Also, the rear seats are 60/40 split and can fold forwards to make room for long items. If you have longer items like a lamp pole or a surfboard, you can also fold down the front passenger seatback to accommodate these items as well.
Thanks to its square design and seating configurations, the 2016 Honda HR-V has the largest cargo volume capacity in its segment. Also, to make life a bit easier, the HR-V has a very low loading floor and makes loading heavy items a breeze.
The 2016 Honda HR-V debuted late last year at 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and production models will be arriving at the local Honda dealerships in the middle of this year. With a starting price of $19,995, the 2016 Honda HR-V is a very good value for the money and if for people living in an urban environment with crowded spaces and tight parking spots, this is the ideal crossover for you.
Hondas are known for their reliability, safety, comfort and performance. Now, with the addition of the 2016 Honda HR-V into the family, they now have cargo carrying capacity and all-weather toughness covered as well. So, based on all the features included in the new 2016 Honda HR-V, it is clear that this small crossover has all the potential to become a sales success in its segment.
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