2016 Honda HR-V New Class of Premium Subcompact Crossovers
Updated April 4, 2017
The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is basically a mashup of the exuberant styling of the Fit added with a chance to go off the pavement with an all-wheel drive option. The new HR-V is certainly going to be considered one of the best subcompact crossovers in the market. The automotive world is bracing for an impending pint-sized subcompact invasion. The coming year is probably going to be the Subcompact Crossover’s year, with new releases from Mazda, Chevy, Fiat, Jeep, and even Honda with the all-new 2016 HR-V. The HR-V will be on sale by next year, which basically is a spin-off from a finalist in the Car Connection and Green Car Best Car to Buy Report, the Honda Fit.
The new HR-V is basically a new Honda class, but it shares some characteristics from its bigger sibling, the CR-V, as it competes with the Chevy Trax, Mazda CX-3, Fiat 500X, and the Jeep Renegade. The similarity starts at the front, the 2016 HR-V is fitted with headlamps and a grille that is very similar to those fitted in the 2015 CR-V. When it comes to other parts of the new HP-V, the overall design is a bit more playful and jazzy shaping. Its roofline is tastefully arched that provides a spacious headroom, the HP-V’s front fenders are a bit pronounced, and the shoulder line is actuated with sheet-metal that do extend to the HR-V’s side, extending over its rear door handles that are hidden. The length of the new HR-V measures 169.1 in and is on a wheelbase measuring at 102.8 in.
Very Fitting Drivetrain
The new Honda HR-V will be fitted with a Drivetrain that is related to the Fit’s system, the new HR-V promises impressive fuel economy and also moderate acceleration. The HP-V’s four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine produces 138 HP and provides 127 Lbs. /Feet of torque. It is available in 2 transmission types, the continuous variable, or the six-speed manual which is only available in front-drive variants. As the new HR-V uses the Honda Fit’s transmission, it elaborates or evolved the Fit’s proven formula and make it available in all-wheel drive.
The new HR-V has a very clean cabin design that veered away from the typical dual-screen design used in bigger Honda models. Upper trim models have the option of having a touchscreen infotainment system with safety displays. The interior space of upper trim models offers in excess of 100 cubic feet, while the base LX trim models (EX and EX-L) offer a total of 96.1 cubic feet of interior space. Honda claimed that the new HR-V is one of the most comfortable and roomiest vehicles on their line-up, and surprisingly, even roomier than today’s mid-size models. It will also be fitted with Honda’s “Magic Seat” that can fold and flip the HR-V’s seat on the second-row to provide more configuration possibilities, aside from additional storage space. Honda also stated that at the back of its front seats, a 58.8 cubic feet storage space is available and another 24.3 cubic feet at the back of the seats in the second-row.
Honda is confident in claiming that the new 2016 Honda HR-V will earn high scores in both IIHS and NHTSA testing when it comes to best-in-class primarily on safety. Honda emphasized that their Fit lineup was able to achieve this, by getting top IIHS ratings after a mild bumper redesign.
The new 2016 Honda HR-V will come with tire pressure monitors and a rearview camera, added with airbags and traction systems as standard. Along with these standard features it will also feature power locks, windows, and mirrors, tilt and telescope steering, audio controls on steering-wheel, and audio streaming via Bluetooth. Additional options available include LaneWatch cameras, touchscreen interface, paddle shifters, push button start, navigation, satellite radio, leather trims, sunroof, and also heated front seats. Pricing details have yet to be released, but Honda stated that additional details and even a first test drive may occur right after the coming New Year.
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