Honda at the 2014 LA Auto Show – It’s called the HR-V

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG]Based on the Fit, Honda adds its chip to the Subcompact CUV table.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 18, 2014

    2016 Honda HR-V – Pricing and EPA TBA at a later date. Possibly as early as tomorrow!

    Honda’s all new entry Subcompact CUV entry is known as the HR-V. In just a few hours, it will be on stage and introduced to the automotive press and public at large at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Previously seen only in pictures, the HR-V will serve as an entry level sub-compact CUV in an all-new segment for the brand.

    Like its big brother the CR-V, it is a cute small ute. Honda said it will reach dealership showrooms sometime this winter.

    Built on the same sub-compact platform as the 2015 Fit that has adorned the pages of CleanMPG for the past few months, the HR-V will also include a versatile and spacious interior thanks to an innovative center fuel tank layout. Honda stated it will arrive with the excellent Magic Seats (rear), which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.

    2016 Honda HR-V

    Not a standout exterior but the platform it is built on is pretty nice.​

    Honda is expanding its lineup of small cars aimed at the next generation of buyers with the launch of the 2016 HR-V.

    2016 Honda HR-V


    The HR-V will be manufactured alongside the award winning Fit at the automaker's newest North American manufacturing facility located in Celaya, Mexico.
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    More detail on the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V from the floor of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

    The well-equipped HR-V is scheduled to reach Honda showrooms early next year.

    The 2106 Honda HR-Vs unique Fit platform with a center-mounted fuel tank and reconfigurable second-row "Magic Seat" arrives with 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume (LX) and 58.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the second row seats down rivaling some competitors' mid-size CUV offerings!

    2016 Honda HR-V Rear Cargo volume

    It is bigger than I would have thought given the platform.​

    2016 HR-V Base Specifications

    Wheelbase102.8 in
    Length169.1 in
    Width69.8 in
    Height63.2 in
    Passenger volume100.1 (LX), 96.1 (EX, EX-L) cu. ft.
    Cargo volume24.3/58.8 cu. ft. rear seats up/rear seats down
    Seating capacity5

    The HR-V's exterior says micro sized CR-V with the Fits upswept character line says micro sized CR-V to me. Not quite the standout the Fit is but nice looking nonetheless. Concealed rear door handles are new.

    Inside is a step up from the Fit with more soft-touch materials and glitzy brushed chrome and piano black trim pieces. The three-meter driver's instrument cluster features "floating" illumination rings and Honda's ECO Assist feature, wherein the speedometer illumination changes from white to green depending on the fuel efficiency of the driver's vehicle operation.

    2016 Honda HR-V Interior


    Where the real change occurred however is the removal of all HVAC control knobs and Outside/Recirc slider. Honda has gone fully to capacitive touch controls and I do not mind the change.

    21016 Honda HR-V Powertrain

    Think Civic and you got it. A 1.8L SOHC I4 produces 138 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed MT (2WD models only). I am going to guess a 25/35 mpgUS city/highway rating but it is only a guess.

    The HR-V is available in either FWD or AWD.

    21016 Honda HR-V Safety

    Like the 2015 Fit, which the HR-V is derived, which has already earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, Honda predicts the HR-V will achieve similar results with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure.

    Standard safety and driver-assistive features include (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control (TC); an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; front, side, and side curtains.

    21016 Honda HR-V Trims

    Available as an LX, EX and EX-L, all include PWs, PMs, PDLs, an electronic parking brake, rearview camera, alloy wheels, tilt and telescoping wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth and Pandora radio.

    EX and EX-L feature Honda's 7” touchscreen Display Audio, Honda LaneWatch (<-- Love this), Proximity key with a Push-Button Start, paddle shifters, SiriusXM radio, HD Radio and Honda Digital Traffic when NAVI is ordered, heated front seats, a power sunroof, embedded navigation and leather trim (-L trim).

    2016 Honda HR-V at the 2014 LA Auto Show

    Popular compact CUV debut as it took over an hour to get inside.​

    Sitting within, it still has the problem of two short of a seat track but feels well equipped and will probably arrive with a < $20k starting price. Both pricing and EPA will be posted closer to its actual launch.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    As if the Fit wasn't already too tall !

    But people will buy these. I guess.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    Given the country's craze for the compact CUV, I suspect the HR-V will sell like crazy too. The CR-V outsold the Accord and Civic last month if it is any indication what the country's temperament is like.

  5. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    It was not drawing much attention that I could see. Looks like the rest of the small suv's. Give me a Fit any day. H
  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Wow ! I knew it was popular , but I didn't expect that.
  7. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    Gas prices dropping! H
  8. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    IDK. When I look at Honda's lineup I see two cars that appeal to people who want something practical (i.e., can haul stuff as well as it can haul people) without going overboard on size: Fit and CR-V. In the absence of an Accord wagon...and no the silly, expensive Crosstour doesn't count...CR-V seems like a pretty reasonable choice to me, especially now that it has the Accord's improved drivetrain.
  9. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I like it. It's a Fit with some ground clearance for better winter utility. 4 wheel drive too? Bring it to the US with the Hybrid Fit's drivetrain and take my money.
  10. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    I like it too. Looks like a slightly raised Fit with more cargo space. With a stickshift (not available in the competing CX-3!) this could be a real winner. Can't wait to see pricing and EPA numbers.
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    More cargo space ? I have doubts about that.
  12. tribosessive

    tribosessive Well-Known Member

    58 cubic feet of maximum cargo area vs 64 cubic feet in my Elantra Touring. I must give this vehicle and the Fit a serious look. It's a dead heat with Golf TDI. Next up: Focus Hatchback with 1.0L Ecoboost.
  13. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Not terrible...par for the course with Honda, I don't care for the interior aesthetics nor that accent line giving it so much of a forward rake. But not bad really, a tall Civic.
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    This Summers 2016 Honda HR-V Will Be One of the Most Efficient Subcompact CUV

    The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V will be one of the most efficient automobiles in its class once released although North America will not receive the super i-DTEC turbo diesel that Europeans and Japanese are going to Rock and Roll with.

    2016 European Honda HR-V


    Based off the Fit, the HR-V uses the center-mounted fuel tank and reconfigurable second-row "Magic Seat," allowing a multitude of seating/cargo modes. With 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume (LX) and 58.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the second row seats down, the HR-V has cargo volume that rivals many mid-size SUV offerings.

    On the drivetrain front, North American’s will receive the Civics 138 hp at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque 1.8-L I4 mated to a CVT or a smooth shifting 6-speed MT (2WD models only). The HR-V will be available in either 2WD or AWD.

    In Europe, they will receive a choice of 118 hp 1.6L i-DTEC turbo diesel or the 1.5L I4 gas engine. Paired to the 6-speed MT, Honda’s new subcompact SUV will return a figures of 59 mpg combined on the NEDC or about 40 mpg combined on our own EPA. We will not receive it however. :(

    If only Honda would release one of their i-DTEC super diesels to us… In just about anything.

  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2016 Honda HR-V Goes On Sale May 15 – EPA Results Posted

    Hi All:

    The all-new Honda Fit platform based Honda HR-V - FWD with the CVT - will sport a 28/35 mpg city/highway rating when it arrives on dealership showroom floors on May 15th.

    The all-new Honda HR-V crossover starts at $19,115 + D&H and includes 17-inch alloys, electric parking brake, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora radio and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink all standard.

    Available in LX, EX and EX-L NAVI trims, the 2016 HR-V is powered by the Civics very efficient 141 hp and 127 lb-ft. of torque 1.8L I4. The engine is paired with two efficient Honda transmissions, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) or the super slick shifting 6-speed MT on LX and EX models with 2WD.

    2016 HR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

    TrimDrivetrainMSRP (USD)mpg (city/highway/combined)
    LX2WD w/ 6MT$19,11525/34/28
    LX2WD w/ CVT$19,91528/35/31
    LXAWD w/ CVT$21,16527/32/29
    EX2WD w/ 6MT $21,16525/34/28
    EX2WD w/ CVT$21,96528/35/31
    EXAWD w/ CVT$23,21527/32/29
    EX-L Navi2WD w/ CVT$24,59028/35/31
    EX-L NaviAWD w/ CVT$25,84027/32/29

    Like the Fit, the HR-V utilizes a center-mounted fuel tank layout and reconfigurable 2nd-Row Magic Seat to deliver voluminous interior space along with a flexible cabin featuring multiple seating/cargo modes. Where it really rocks is its voluminous size. How about 100.1 cu.-ft. of passenger space and 24.3 cu. ft. with the seats up and 58.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume with the 2nd-Row seats folded down(LX FWD). This is larger than a Prius v and even some competitors' midsize SUV offerings!

    2016 Honda HR-V Body and Chassis Detail

    The HR-V utilizes a unique center-mounted fuel tank layout that enables the 2nd-Row Magic Seat to fold completely flat into the floor, creating a more spacious and versatile interior package. Driving efficiency, handling performance and cabin quietness are further aided by an aerodynamic shape and a lightweight yet rigid body structure with significant noise-insulating materials and design features. The body utilizes Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection, and 27 percent of the body is composed of advanced ultra-high strength steel for improved rigidity that enhances collision-protection, handling response, ride quality and a quiet cabin environment.

    Fully independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension systems with amplitude reactive dampers maximize rear seating and cargo space while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality. Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a refined steering feel. All models feature 17-inch alloys and 215/55R17 all-season tires.

    2016 HR-V Basic Specs

    Turning diameter: 37.6 ft.

    Curb Weight(s):

    LX FWD 6MT/CVT: 2,888/2,902 lbs.
    EX FWD 6MT/CVT: 2,917/2,933 lbs.
    EX-L Navi FWD CVT: 2,947 lbs.
    LX AWD CVT: 3,062 lbs.
    EX AWD CVT: 3,094 lbs.
    EX-L Navi AWD CVT: 3,109 lbs.

    Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal.

    2016 HR-V Safety

    Honda's uses next-generation ACE body structure. Standard safety and driver-assistive features include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS); Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) electronic stability control system; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; front, side and side curtain airbags; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

    The excellent Honda LaneWatch display is standard on EX and EX-L Navi trims.

    2016 HR-V Trims and Features

    • 17-inch alloys
    • Electric parking brake
    • Rearview camera with guidelines
    • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
    • Cruise control
    • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, cruise control, and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
    • 160-watt, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD
    • USB input
    • Display Audio with 5-inch color LCD screen
    • Auto-off headlights
    • Auxiliary jack
    • Cargo area light
    • ECO Assist with ECON mode
    • Extendable sunvisors
    • 12-volt power outlets (front/second row)
    • LED taillights
    • One-touch turn signals
    • LED pocket light
    • Rear heater ducts
    • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
    • Reverse-linked intermittent rear windshield wiper
    • 60/40 split 2nd-Row Magic Seat
    • Speed-sensitive audio volume control
    • Power windows and door locks
    • Expanded View Driver's Mirror
    • Floor mats
    EX additions over the LX
    • 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface
    • Honda LaneWatch Display
    • 180-watt, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD
    • Pandora13 radio compatible
    • Heated front seats
    • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
    • Smart Entry and Push-Button Start
    • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (CVT only)
    • Auto-on/off headlights
    • Fog lights
    • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    • Second USB jack
    • SMS Text Message functionality
    • Automatic climate control system with air filtration
    • Rear privacy glass
    • Heated body-colored side mirrors with turn indicators
    • Variable intermittent wipers
    • Lighted vanity mirrors
    • Chrome interior door handles, speaker rings and air vent trims
    EX-L Navi additions over the EX
    • Leather-trimmed seats
    • Leather steering wheel and leather shift knob
    • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
    • SiriusXM radio, HD Radio and Honda Digital Traffic
    • Auto day/night rearview mirror
    • Roof rails
    The 2016 Honda HR-V is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty term.

    The HR-V will be manufactured at Honda's eighth and newest auto plant in North America, in Celaya, Mexico.

    Early Conclusions

    I cannot say if they added an inch of lower seat cushion length, added another two inches of seat track towards the back, added 3 to 4” of telescopic wheel extension, and bent the headrests back 15 to 20 degrees for better tall driver comfort vs. the Fit but I can almost guarantee that the HR-V with a stick will provide owners the most efficient CUV ever offered in America. My opinion for what little it is worth anyway?

    Last edited: May 12, 2015
  16. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Unfortunately, based on those EPA ratings, it likely gets stupid buzzy gear ratios in the manual. Plus the bigger Civic 1.8L engine. Bah.

    And 17" rims? Why? I just traded my Fit's 16's for new 15's.
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    Remember this Civic EX Coupe with the 1.8L and slick shifting 6-speed MT?


  18. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    Tied with the Crosstrek XV in AWD (combined), and the Crosstrek beats it on the highway (34 vs 32), with a much better AWD system. Not sure how total interior space compares, should be close though.
  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    This vehicle is silly and mostly , well, pointless.

    It will sell like hotcakes.
  20. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I can dig the idea of a Fit (excellent interior space efficiency) with even more interior space. I'm not wild about the trend to make everything taller these days. In my mind, the Fit would be best with the back end extended for more cargo space, rather than going taller. You know, a ... wagon.

    No, they're not going to beat Subaru at the AWD game. Nobody can. To me that's a non-issue as I won't be buying anything AWD anyway. I live in Texas. It adds extra cost, complication, drag, and weight for no useful benefit. It's a negative point to me, something I actively avoid.

    Wayne, the 1.8 in the Civic is still port injected, right?

Share This Page