Honda is joining the subcompact SUV game with the 2016 HR-V, which made its official debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda HR-V shares a platform with the Honda Fit, and slots below the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot in the brand's lineup.
In a press release, Honda says that with its standard "reconfigurable second-row 'Magic Seat,' the completely new HR-V has voluminous interior space along with a flexible cabin featuring multiple seating/cargo modes." The Magic Seat has consistently been a favorite feature among reviewers in the Fit, as it enables the transport of large, bulky items in a small vehicle with its various rear-seat configurations. With the rear seats folded, Honda says the HR-V has 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. A continuously variable transmission is available on all models and a six-speed manual transmission is offered on front-wheel drive models.
The HR-V comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls. Optional features include Honda's LaneWatch passenger side blind-spot camera, proximity key, push-button start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio and a power sunroof.
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Kicking Tires think the 2016 HR-V will be popular, noting, "If there's one thing Honda does well, it's making small, comfortable and efficient vehicles."
Kelley Blue Book’s Senior Analyst Alec Gutierrez agrees, saying, “While it remains unknown as to how much demand truly exists for the smallest of CUVs, the HR-V looks to bring a winning combination of style, fuel-efficiency, and features that should make it a viable candidate to lead the segment.”
Pricing information has yet to be announced. The 2016 Honda HR-V will hit dealerships early next year and will be available in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L.