Everything we know about the subcompact SUV

While the new HR-V will likely be a little longer than the current model, it will continue to be Honda’s entry-level SUV, meaning it will fit nicely into the shadow of a Compact CR-V. And based on teasers the automaker shared earlier this year, we can expect all-wheel drive to be offered again – functionality isn’t a given among the smaller crossovers, many of which are only front-wheel drive, so that’s important.

2023 Honda HR-V: more elegant than before

We’ve known for a while that a new HR-V is coming. The current model has been on the road for over seven years, and while it has benefited from a mid-cycle refresh and updated technology, it dynamically lags the competition, in the onboard features and in its overall design.

That will change with the 2023 HR-V. According to the latest teaser shared by Honda this morning (top), the taillights look darker, and its shape and LEDs are sleeker and more modern. We also expect to see LED daytime running lights and a sleeker grille flanked by large air vents and a more pronounced lower fascia. Plus, say goodbye to the outgoing HR-V’s hidden rear door handles – the new model will have regular door handles right there on the rear door sheetmetal.

We haven’t seen any interior teasers, though we expect the fabric in the door panels to be replaced with soft-touch plastics and anticipate better tech than the current model. The newest Honda Civic brought high-end changes to its cabin, including a new infotainment system and a more mature overall design. Expect that theme to carry over to the HR-V.

It’s important to remember that the HR-V was one of the first subcompact crossovers on the market. Since its debut we have seen new nameplates such as Toyota C-HR and Corolla Cross, Hyundai Kona and Venue, Nissan Kicks and Rogue Sport, Kia Seltos, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30, Volkswagen Taos, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and others. arrival. For the HR-V to stand out, it has to be as competitive as Honda is with the CR-V.

2023 Honda HR-V: What’s Under the Hood?

The European HR-V/Vezel is a hybrid-only SUV, but we don’t expect that for North America. Instead, we could see the HR-V get the same engines as the Civic, which include a base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 158 hp, or a 1.5-liter turbo I-4 in option with 180 hp. We’re not ruling out the possibility of seeing a hybrid Honda HR-V, but it might not happen until later.

Unlike the first-generation model, which initially offered a manual transmission, the 2023 model will most likely only be offered with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive being offered as an option on some models and possibly standard on other higher-level trims.

2023 Honda HR-V: How Much?

The 2022 Honda HR-V starts at $23,095 and we don’t expect that price to rise much. While the new HR-V will be completely redesigned, Honda has a history of keeping prices low even when the lineup changes drastically (look no further than the latest Civic, which only saw minor price increases for 2022, and only on certain trim levels).

We also expect to see four different versions: LX, Sport, EX and Touring. Sport models will likely see a black-themed exterior, while Touring models will bring nicer cabin amenities.

Be sure to visit us on April 4 for all the information on the 2023 Honda HR-V.

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