The 2023 Honda HR-V: What You Need to Know
Modernized and Matured
While it may not be your parents’ HR-V, the 2023 Honda HR-V brings a new take on the car millions of drivers have known and loved for so long…
At first glance, the 2023 Honda HR-V may be unrecognizable to even the long-time drivers of Honda’s most compact SUV. The trend of redesigning the exterior look of their 2023 model year vehicles has made its way to the new HR-V and the results have widely garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at what the new 2023 Honda HR-V has to offer!
The 2023 HR-V has increased in size relative to its 2022 predecessor. While it is still Honda’s smallest offering for an SUV, many have dubbed the new HR-V (along with a selection of other similar vehicles in its class) as “midcompact,” as its added space and comfortability have subjectively clocked it in a tick higher than the “subcompact” class of vehicles it had previously identified with.
The 2023 HR-V keeps a good thing going, continuing on the 2022’s extended, floating center console with soft touch leather and, surprisingly, shares a lot of commonalities with a rather unexpected member of the Honda family: the new 2023 Honda Civic. This can most easily be spotted in the stunning wheel-to-door air vent plated with a metal-look honeycomb pattern. A truly special trademark of Honda are these sprinkles of artistic expression throughout features that other automotive manufacturers are either unwilling or reluctant to push the boundaries of. The craftsmanship and attention to detail of the new HR-V is something that separates it from its rivals and has given a breath of fresh air to the little SUV that so many people have come to know and love.
The touchscreen (7 inches in LX and Sport, 9 inches in EX-L), is yet another feature the ’23 HR-V shares with the latest Civic. Honda has heard the feedback from its fans and loyal customers and has thus reintroduced the widely requested physical shortcut buttons and volume knob. Three USB-A ports come standard equipped in the center console and, if you vie for the EX-L trim level, you’ll be treated to the option of wireless charging and wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Even if you have your sights set on one of the other trim levels, wired versions of the extremely popular Apple Carplay and Android Auto come standard.
How Much Larger is the 2023 HR-V
The ’23 HR-V Hits a Growth Spurt
The length of the ’23 model has increased from 170.4 to 179.8 inches. That’s where the “tick-above other subcompacts” phrasing comes into play, as it finds itself barely shedding its subcompact label while still staying clear of the CR-V and other similar-sized compacts. It also makes a considerable leap width-wise, measuring a significant 2.6 inches wider. These aren’t incremental gains done inadvertently – these changes have been done deliberately; a calculated array of moves with the intent of the vehicle moving up a class. When you look at the first and second generations together in profile, it’s obvious how much of a change has occurred.
More Space for You and Yours
With the increases in length and width, the new HR-V has been receiving very high marks regarding its passenger and cargo space. Heralded as “the most family-friendly HR-V to date,” the impact of this vehicle’s growth can mainly be felt in the spacious seating and 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space. If additional room is required, the HR-V boasts a back seat that folds totally flat courtesy of a smartly engineered, multi-hinged seat bottom that dips down into the footwell.
There is only one engine and transmission combo available: a 2.0-liter inline-four good for 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque that’s connected to a continuously variable transmission. Front- and all-wheel drive are available throughout all trim levels.
EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in at 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. It falls slightly down to to 25/30/27 with all-wheel drive.
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The HR-V has a reduced number of trim levels compared to the Honda norm: LX, Sport, and EX-L. Besides an increase in equipment, the Sport features slightly different design elements (most notably the handsomely textured cloth upholstery and orange stitching). The EX-L is noteworthy for its leather upholstery, power driver seat, larger touchscreen, and sunroof.
Considering Honda’s well-documented reputation for reliability and resale value, there’s more value to be found than just a low price and well-stocked features list. Not only that, but with Buckeye Honda’s Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, you’ll be covered for life!
Every 2023 HR-V includes standard equipment forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane-centering steering assist. It also includes rear-side airbags, which is rare. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning are included on the Sport and EX-L.
The 2023 Honda HR-V is a wonderful addition to Honda’s new lineup of 2023 vehicles. Now, it’s your turn to visit Buckeye Honda at 2615 N. Memorial Dr., Lancaster, Ohio and schedule your test drive today!