All-new for 2023, the Honda HR-V compact crossover brings to the table a host of features and engineering to make it a standout in the segment. You'll have to drive one for yourself to get the full effect, but there are some highlights you won’t want to miss as you begin your HR-V journey.

Powerful but efficient, too

The HR-V comes equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque which gets deployed to either two or four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Transmissions of this type ensure smooth progress and that means more comfort for occupants and more efficiency both in the city and on the highway. Fuel efficiency for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) models is rated at 8.3L/100 km in the combined cycle, while all-wheel-drive (AWD) models see that figure climb to 8.7 L.100 km – not a huge jump considering all the capabilities AWD brings!

Unique looks

The 2023 HR-V is one of the first models to receive Honda’s new styling signature, which will eventually make the rounds throughout the line-up. It includes a unique front grille and headlights, LED taillights and a low beltline plus long hood which adds an air of grand touring to the model as a whole. Alloy wheels come as standard on all trims (LX, Sport and EX-L), including standard Shark Grey alloys on the base model. Sizes range from 17- to 18-inches.

Interior to the max

From the inside, we find tall windows, a low cowl and smart wing mirror placement for good outward visibility as well as a handsome honeycomb dash insert stretching from door-to-door for a more upscale feel. Also adding to that feel is a standard 7” digital gauge cluster with matching infotainment display, while upgrading to EX-L spec sees that display grow to 9” and also provides wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and wireless charging. The new HR-V gets a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks. Cargo room has been increased to 690 litres behind the rear seat.

The Honda Sensing safety suite comes as standard and with it each model gets pedestrian detection, cyclist detection and lane keep assist while upgrading to the Sport model adds blind-spot detection.

There’s all this to like and so much more when it comes to the 2023 Honda HR-V, making it a must-see for any discerning compact crossover buyer.


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