When the Honda HR-V debuted in the U.S. over a decade in the past, it did so with all the appeal of a reducing board it was a solid, dependable platform that you could use every day and nevertheless fully dismiss. But this could change now that the 2023 Honda HR-V is finally right here with a redesign that borrows intensely from the newest Honda Civic. The Honda HR-V is lastly seeking to get our attention, and I think that with this next technology (in the U.S.), the HR-V does truly are entitled to it.
Arrive to imagine of it, it is more difficult now to ignore that the outgoing Honda HR-V shared structure language with the CR-V. And that the CR-V seemed like Honda stretched the experience of a contemporary Civic over as well-massive a body. All 3 more mature Hondas shared a vaguely flat facial area — to some degree. Even if the former HR-V wasn’t as hideous as the CR-V or Civic, it wasn’t particularly good-searching.
This new HR-V has a extended hood and with its narrow headlights set high, the crossover seems sleeker than right before. The snout retains the underbite, but it’s considerably less.
The “unsightly roof moldings” are gone, for each Honda, and the windshield wipers are concealed. This helps make for substantially cleaner lines in general. Honda says that the HR-V is even now primarily based on the Civic, and like the eleventh-generation of the beloved sedan, the crossover wishes to improve up:
Primarily based on the award-winning 11th generation Honda Civic, the HR-V is larger sized than its predecessor, with a for a longer period wheelbase and broader stance although still remaining sporty and particular. The HR-V is the correct sizing with the area and utility for an adventurous weekend escape, nevertheless nimble to maneuver city streets. Set to launch this summer months, HR-V will attribute a far more responsive motor and a new unbiased rear suspension, giving the compact SUV a much more assured, refined and enjoyment-to-generate personality.
It is amusing, then, that the 2023 Honda HR-V expose goes for a youthful vibe that wants to convince us the HR-V is playful. Honda even phone calls out which prospects the HR-V is after, exclusively citing young and very first time purchasers. Honda is also doubling down on its declare that the new HR-V is sporty and adventurous, which is, extra or less, promoting-speak for “you can off-road this at your have peril.”
But I really do not assume the H-RV ought to try to be a little something it’s not. It is not a sporty motor vehicle it is also not an off-roader. I hope it turns out to be a hybrid vehicle. And I genuinely hope it’s continue to a low cost car, which starts off someplace around $21,870. Like right before.
We cannot know accurately what variety of vehicle it is based on specs, mainly because these are nonetheless below wraps. Ditto the launch day, which Honda suggests is sometime this summertime. Really, I believe the 2023 Honda HR-V really should typically just lean — regardless of body roll — into what it lastly is: a excellent-on the lookout crossover.