The Honda HR-V will continue for the 2018 model year with minor upgrades. Despite the lack of upgrades, the model is a hit among customers in this segment. The second generation of the model has only released two years ago so the model is still fresh. According to our sources, the exterior has been upgraded slightly while the cabin gets some tech upgrades. As for the engines, the 1.8 L mill gets a slight improvement in power. Generally, the 2018 Honda HR-V looks unchanged from the outgoing model. It is very difficult to spot the changes or experience the slight improvement in power while on the road.
2018 Honda HR-V Exterior
The 2018 Honda HR-V exterior is almost identical to that of the outgoing model. As said earlier, it is difficult to spot any changes. The model is offered in three trim levels which are LX, EX and the top EX-L trim. We are yet to see the real face of the 2018 Honda HR-V; however, from our insider sources, the model will have a new grille and bumper. I understand that Honda is trying to bring the HR-V’s look close to that of the CRV. At the rear, the model will get new taillights inserts and a larger spoiler. On the sides, the model will likely get larger wheels.
Overall, its sharp curves and lines will carry over. The wraparound LED headlights and taillights will carry over unchanged. The model’s exterior color choices are also unchanged; they include White Orchid Pearl, Misty Green Pearl and Milano Red. EX trim adds automatic headlights and heated side mirrors while the EX-L adds roof rails.
The cabin also gets minor upgrades. The car accommodates five passengers via the automaker’s magic seat setting which makes the cabin very flexible, particularly when one wants to modify the space to accommodate excess cargo. The model has a 5.0-inch display screen as standard. All models will also have a telescoping steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity. The EX trim adds a rear privacy glass, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, heated front seats as well as an automatic climate control. The LX trim also gets the Honda Link app and Lane watch. The top EX-L trim will feature satellite radio and a navigation system; its seats will be upholstered in leather.
All trims will have a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Stability Assist and a package of airbags. However, the model will still lack advanced safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and ABS; these are not even offered as options.
Engine and performance
In the U.S., the HR-V will be offered with a single engine. The unit is the naturally aspirated 1.8 L, 4-cylinder mill that produces 150 horses (9 hp more than the outgoing version) and 140 lb-ft of torque (13 lb-ft more than the outgoing version). For transmission, buyers will still have an option between a CVT system and a 6-speed manual system.
In other markets, the HR-V will be offered with a 1.5 L, inline-four engine that is rated at 120 horsepower and115 lb-ft of torque. This mill is paired to the 6-speed manual gearbox without an option for a CVT. Both mills can either be had in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Price and release date
Honda has not announced official prices or release date of the HR-V. However, the model is likely to hit showrooms this fall. I don’t expect the model’s price to change significantly from that of the outgoing model as any significant price changes will affect demand significantly. The current model starts at $21,205 while the range-topping model has an MSRP of $27,180.