The 2016 Honda HR-V

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This model offers everything we expect in the entry-level segment. As expected from Honda, everything onboard is high-quality and well-thought. Do not expect too much comfort, by the way.

As one of the main faces in the entry-level crossover segment, the 2016 HR-V wants to deliver an optimum experience on the road. With a solid power plant on board and a modern design, this is an excellent alternative for tight budgets. Besides, we can have expectations of a top-notch product when it comes about Honda.

Let’s see more details and specs of the 2016 HR-V.

Drivetrain and Specs

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The 2016 HR-V packs an SOHC 16-valve VTEC 1.8 L inline-4 engine, totally capable of producing 141 hp at 6500 RPM and 127 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4300 RPM. Unfortunately, along this power plant, we find a CVT transmission with manual shifting. As most car enthusiasts, we think that CVT gearboxes aren’t quite excellent. In fact, they left too much behind in quality and performance standard. This time, we experience a CVT that performs well but makes too much noise. But we have good news: a manual transmission is available for front-wheel drive setups.

With the all-wheel drive setup, we have an HR-V weighing around 3094 lb (1403 kg) and having a fuel economy rated at 27 mpg for the city and 32 mpg for the highway. This configuration allows to this crossover to go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 9.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h), which is drag-limited by the maker.

Between the trims available, the LX, EX, EX-L, there aren’t specs upgrades or anything else that have an impact on performance. This compact crossover shows great handling capabilities, doesn’t matter the kind of weather hitting the road. The Michelin Primacy MVX4 All-Season rubber at 215/55 R17 comes as standard, delivering a great performance along the steering and the top-grade tuned suspension.

In this matter, we also find a strut suspension in the front and torsion beam in the rear end, copying the same suspension layout present in the Fit.

Design and Pleasure in the Cabin

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When it comes about the 2016 HR-V’s design, we see a modern and cool form. There aren’t major features in this aspect because Honda decided to make it simple. The horizontal grill in the front fascia is quite interesting but not ground-breaking. The 17-inch aluminum wheels look a little bit small for the height of the crossover. From a side, this crossover looks athletic, while the rear end could be considered as awful. But the overall opinion is that the model seems highly elegant on the road.

Redesigned interior made to increase the practical space. The “Magic Seat” setting allows to re-accommodate the rear seats in order to expand the cargo area. We find, along the many convenience items, a 4-speaker audio system with a 5-inch LCD screen in charge by default of the entertaining in the cabin. Front bucket seats, 6-way setup for the driver’s one and 4-way for the passenger’s. For a modern vehicle close to the US$20.000 mark, looks scarce.

As a Honda vehicle, extra safety measures had been taken. An abundant amount of technology features looking to improve the secureness are operating onboard. From multiple cameras to automatized sensors, this is one of the safest crossovers in the market. Obviously, more expensive trims enjoy several upgrades, mostly in terms of comfort and features within the cabin.

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The Bottom Line for the HR-V

The 2016 HR-V is in a tough segment, along with serious competitors like Mazda and Nissan. This time is going to be a thing of tastes.

The base price for this model is going to be US$19.215.

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