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2016 Honda HR-V Crossover, Review, Specs


2016 Honda HR-V Exterior

Although the most parts of the redesigned HR-V are based on the Fit, the exterior looks nothing like it. It is more reminiscent of the Honda CR-V, only sported up. The headlights and the sloped hood are obviously inspired by those on the CR-V. However, the back part and the body lines are original and authentic.

In a nutshell, this crossover looks solid and is considered to be one of the better-looking crossovers of its class. The coupe-like roof is accompanied by muscular front fenders, the upswept character line and the covert rear-door handles.

The 2016 Honda HR-V will be available in three trim levels — LX, EX and EX-L, and will be equipped with standard aluminum-alloy wheels, power mirrors, and power tailgate locks.

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Interior of Honda HR-V 2016

The HR-V retains the Fit’s interior flexibility, including flat-folding rear seatbacks and seat cushions that fold up from the floor. The passenger seat also has the folding possibility and it can also lay nearly flat, thus providing more cargo space (59 ft3). When the rear seats are folded up, there’s still spacious 24 ft3 of cargo room.

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Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, power windows, a rearview camera, electronic parking brake, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, Bluetooth phone activity and Pandora Internet radio. Upper trims come with keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite and HD radio, a fully integrated navigation system and a 7” touchscreen display.

The dashboard design is quite new, but not that attractive. The center console is also brand new, whereas the center stack is changed in terms of style, but the controls remained the same.

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Engine and performance

The Honda HR-V 2016 uses Honda Civic’s 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 138 hp and 127 pound-feet of torque, which is a bit less than it produces in the Civic. It borrowed the Fit’s chassis and tops out at 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with CVT. If the engine is mated to the standard 6-speed manual, these numbers drop to 25/34, city/highway.

CVT comes with 4-wheel drive, whereas the 6-speed manual comes with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option and works by operating in front-wheel mode until the car feels the slippage, and sends power to the rear wheels to keep traction.

Price and release date

The 2016 Honda HR-V made its debut at the LA Auto Show and it should go on sale this spring. The pricing for the LX base model is likely to start around $20,000, and the upper trim levels should exceed the price of an entry-level CR-V ($24,200).

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