Honda is known globally for its ability to produce fun-to-own, fun-to-drive, and efficient vehicles. And with attributes such as an excellent exterior visibility, spacious interior and seating, high-fuel economy, and a versatile cargo loading under its belt, the 2018 Honda HR-V is certainly the latest breed that promises to revolutionize its class. This comprehensive review will cover everything that you need to know about the latest HR-V model ranging from interior appointments to what lies beneath its skin. So be our guest.
Given the CR-V’s uninterrupted growth in terms of girth and sales, Honda saw the opportunity to create a new entry-level crossover SUV model and going by the available stats, it seems to have made the best choice with the HR-V model. For starters, you could assume the HR-V is the “baby” whereas the CR-V is the “mama” and the Honda Pilot is the “papa.”
Such a comparison doesn’t mean the tyke of the family – Honda HR-V lacks the pride that is naturally associated with crossovers such as utility and power. In fact, it is based on the subcompact Fit hatchback model. The “Magic Seat,” as Folks at Honda popularly refer to it is a special seat that has the ability of taking on long cargo or bulky items effortlessly. Couple this with impressive fuel economy ratings and a solid collection of high-tech features and Whoa man! You’ve got yourself a crossover that offers value for the money.
Lest you think the HR-V is a perfect vehicle lacking in faults, its infotainment touchscreen interface might prove to be frustrating at times. Also, its acceleration trails most of its rivals. However, this shouldn’t be enough reason to make you bolt out as there are plenty of features and value with the HR-V. Whichever way though, it all depends on what you’re after. Several of its rivals include the 2018 Mazda CX-5, the 2018 Nissan Juke, and the 2018 Fiat 500X.
Trims Offered – Honda HR-V 2018
The five-passenger 2018 Honda HR-V subcompact crossover is available in only three trim models: EX, EX-L Navi, and the base LX.
Interior Reviews & 2018 Honda HR-V Exterior Changes
The base LX offers a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 5-inch touchscreen display, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system, 17” alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB ports, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control, a configurable 60/40-split folding Magic Seat, full power accessories, and upgraded cloth upholstery.
Available accessories offered for the EX include LED foglights, a sunroof, a rear privacy glass, a 7” touchscreen interface, a passenger-side blind-spot camera, keyless entry and ignition, a six-speaker sound system, HondaLink, additional USB ports, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the EX-L Navi model which comes equipped with HD and satellite radio, a navigation system, leather upholstery, roof rails, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Exterior colors available include Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, and Misty Green Pearl.
2018 Honda HR-V Engine Specifications
Under the hood of the 2018 Honda HR-V is a four-cylinder 1.8L engine. With this engine the power output stands at 141 hp and 127 lbs. ft. of torque which is then forwarded to the front wheels of both the LX and EX via the standard six-speed manual transmission system. However, the top-of-the-line HR-V EX-L Navi gets a standard CVT. The lower trims also get it optionally.
A segment-average time of 9.7 seconds is what you require to get the HR-V EX-L Navi past 60 mph.
EPA says, the HR-V should be able to return 34/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined, with the manual and 35/28/31 mpg with the CVT.
For those who opt for the AWD, the fuel economy will naturally dip to 32/2729 mpg.
Safety features include ventilated front disc, stability and traction control, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, emergency braking assist, child seat anchors, auto delay off headlamps, front and rear head airbags, rear door child safety locks, auto-delay off headlamps, and tire pressure monitoring.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6.8 in. (102.8 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 1.1 in. (169.1 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.8 in. (69.8 in.)
Passenger volume: F-51 cu ft R-45 cu ft
Cargo volume: 24,3 cu ft
Curb weight: 2888 lbs
Top Speed: 117 mph
0-60: 9,3 sec
MPG: 28/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Misty Green Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price & 2018 Honda HR-V Release Date
The 2018 Honda HR-V’s release date should be expected in May 2018, at least for the U.S market and later elsewhere. As for its price, expect to be set back by a base MSRP of $19,215. It will also be available on lease terms once it goes for sale next year.
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