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2023 Honda HR-V Review: Competitive Design In Its Segment With Leading Price

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**2023 Honda HR-V Review: Competitive Design In Its Segment With Leading Price**

The Honda HR-V competes in the increasingly competitive small SUV segment, but Honda is hoping that the revamped 2023 HR-V will continue to win over buyers. The new 2023 HR-V boasts a bigger size compared to its predecessor, offering a more spacious interior and a more robust powertrain. Will it be able to compete with its crosstown rival, the Toyota Corolla Cross? The answer is yes, and in many aspects, it proves to be the superior choice.

The 2023 HR-V is nearly 10 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the previous generation. In person, it appears quite substantial, with a length similar to the Civic hatchback. Notably, the HR-V now shares the same platform as the Civic, departing from the older Fit-based platform.

Visually, the new HR-V presents a more mature appearance with its sculpted body, traditional rear door handles, and simpler grille. Compared to its predecessor, which had a busier design with many lines, Honda has managed to create a smoother overall look for the new HR-V.

Inside, significant improvements set the HR-V apart in its entry-level class. Drawing inspiration from the Civic, the interior features a minimalist design with metal honeycomb mesh covering the air vents. A notable difference is the center console, which now includes a convenient storage area underneath. The HR-V’s interior boasts high-quality materials, giving it a more upscale feel than the Corolla Cross.

The driver faces a partially digital gauge cluster with a 7-inch screen and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The EX-L trim enhances the technology with a larger 9-inch screen. The base infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with wireless connectivity available on the EX-L trim. Additionally, the top trim level offers a wireless charger and an eight-speaker audio system for a premium audio experience.

Moving to the rear seats, a significant change is noted. The previous Magic Seat that folded to accommodate larger items has been replaced with a traditional split-folding rear seat. With the rear seats up, the HR-V provides 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

In terms of safety, the HR-V comes equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, and a rear-seat reminder.

Powering the HR-V is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Civic, generating 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While the new HR-V offers more power than its predecessor, the additional weight from its larger body affects its acceleration. The inclusion of the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo engine would have enhanced the driving experience.

The 2023 HR-V offers front-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive as an option. The FWD version achieves 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined, while the AWD version delivers 25/30/27 mpg. Despite slightly lower fuel efficiency compared to the previous model, this is expected due to the increased size of the 2023 HR-V.

Though the power output may be underwhelming, the new HR-V delivers a refined driving experience with a quiet cabin and improved ride quality, thanks to the new independent rear suspension. Despite some body roll in corners, the HR-V’s driving dynamics are competitive with its rivals.

Available in three trim levels – LX, Sport, and EX-L, with prices starting at $24,985 for the base LX model, the 2023 Honda HR-V offers a compelling value proposition.

In conclusion, the 2023 HR-V showcases growth with its larger size, increased interior space, and enhanced driving dynamics. While it may not be labeled as exciting, the HR-V ticks off most boxes for buyers in this segment, offering ample room, competitive pricing, and a premium interior feel that outshines many crossovers in its class.

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