Honda has completely unveiled the brand new 2023 Honda HR-V for North America and that geographical context is important because it is completely different from an HR-V already released in Europe.
The difference comes down to American Honda’s belief that US and Canadian audiences need bigger cars than the supermini-based vision sold in Europe. So instead of being built around Jazz / Fit Superman, the North American HR-V is based on the latest Civic and increases significantly in size and price.
Related: The new Honda ZR-V for China and Europe is actually the US-spec HR-V
From $ 23,650 to $ 28,950 plus $ 1,245, the 2023 HR-V rides on a 1.7-inch (43mm) long wheelbase that replaces it, and measures a whopping 9.4-inch (239mm) long from nose to tail. These prices and dimensions keep the new HR-V very close to its CR-V older brother, starting at $ 26,800, but don’t bet on the size and price of next year’s new CR-V.
The civic source from the Powertrain lineup is fairly clear. A normally ambitious 2.0-liter Forty standard, and it sends 158 hp (160 PS) and 138 lb-ft (187 Nm) to the front wheels via a CVT transmission. These numbers are 17 hp (17 PS) and 11 lb-ft (15 Nm) better than the old car Atmo 1.8, but they are rarely full, and unlike the Civic, HR-V does not offer buyers a 180 hp (183 PS). 1.5-liter turbocharged option, or an alternative to a six-speed manual gearbox.
There is no hybrid option, which can be a deal breaker for some buyers. The most economical of the new HR-V is a 2022 Civic sedan with the same engine and transmission setup rated at only 28 mpg in EPA’s combined cycle, compared to 35 mpg.
What the HR-V Civic has to offer is the opportunity to upgrade to front all-wheel drive for an additional $ 1,500. Honda says this year’s AWD transmission, which can be configured via a mode dial on the console, can send more power to the rear wheels in a slippery state than the old one and equip each HR-V regardless of the number of driven wheels. Hill Decent Control.
Inside the HR-V there are clear civic references, including mesh-covered strip air vents, rotary heating controls and an infotainment tablet to sit in the scooped-out section of the dash-top. But the intensive inspection reveals minor detailed changes to the console and switch layout that makes it look like a simple lift. A 7.0-in digital gauge pack and one-size-fits-all center screen is standard on the LX, as well as the Sport, which starts at 25,650. The EX-L upgrades the latter to a 9.0-in version and adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but brings a starting price of 28,950.
And last but not least, if you’re reading this from China and Europe and wish you could get the North American HR-V instead of the smaller one being actually offered, don’t worry. Honda will also offer this US car in other markets, but with the badge as ZR-V.
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