2023 Honda HR-V: One of the best compact SUVs gets updated, with more power and added safety

The Honda HR-V 2023 represents a new generation of this compact SUV, and it’s shaping up to continue the great roads of its predecessor. Prices start at $23,650.

One of the best small SUVs has been updated. The Honda HR-V 2023 just got more attractive and refined. Honda HMC,
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This second-generation model builds on the same platform as the current Civic, which was launched only last year (the original HR-V was based on the small Fit hatchback).

This means a more advanced suspension for better ride quality, as well as a more careful engine. The new HR-V is also completely contemporary inside and out. Safety tech starts out pretty generously, but spending a little more on blind spot monitoring and a few extra features is a good idea.

The previous Honda HR-V wasn’t accused of being too powerful. The new 2023 HR-V comes with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque — a marked improvement over 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of drivetrain. While there is a slight reduction in fuel efficiency compared to the outgoing model, the new HR-V averages 28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, so it’s a potential trade-off for added power.

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Active noise cancellation is standard, and the previous torsion beam rear suspension has been replaced with a multi-link setup that provides more comfort and control. All-wheel drive is available, and Hill Descent Control is standard on every new HR-V. Just like its predecessor, this compact SUV doesn’t have any serious off-road talent. Those who live in cooler regions will nonetheless appreciate the value of having four wheeled wheels

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  <h6><strong>Honda HR-V Prices for 2023</strong></h6> The new Honda HR-V Compact SUV starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $23,650 for the front LX model, plus destination fee.</p> <p>The Sport version is priced around $25,650, and the top-of-the-line EX-L version comes in close to $27.5K.  Adding four-wheel drive to any piece costs another $1,500;  Premium paint costs $395.</p> <p>For comparison Mazda MZDAY,
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   Kona starts in the low $20,000 range.</p> <p>Before buying a new HR-V SUV, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area have paid for their vehicles.  The previous generation HR-V held its value well.  This second generation should do the same.</p><h6><strong>Driving 2023 Honda HR-V</strong></h6> <p><em>KBB's Micah Muzio drove a new HR-V recently in Oregon.  Micah reports:</em></p> <p>The HR-V drives with more complexity than its price suggests, making way for fun commutes.  But is there any fun to be learned along the way?  yes.  The HR-V corners confidently, and there's just a sporty touch, bolstered by the steering that has satisfying weight and predictability.</p> <p>When the throttle is fully depressed, the HR-V feels lively.  Truth be told, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) works great.  While CVTs are routinely criticized for creating a nimble acceleration curve accompanied by a racing engine, Honda's CVT looks a lot like a conventional automatic transmission.  Most people will have no idea it's a CVT.</p> <p>Other random notes: The outside view from the HR-V's driver's seat is good, cabin noise at highway speeds is more than acceptable, and unfortunately there are no rear seat vents.  And while I miss the cleverly foldable magic seat on the previous HR-V, I love the way the new Mini Key Wrench reduces bulk in your pockets.  On top of that, the HR-V's lane-keep assist does an exceptional job of keeping the HR-V in its lane, but I found the adaptive cruise control to be a bit slow to adapt to the changing speed of the vehicle in front of you.</p> <p>Finally, the new HR-V feels more substantial than the car it replaces, and I love how each trim has its own flavor.  In fact, the elevated aura of the new Honda HR-V 2023 is directly related to its improved interiors.</p> <p><strong>See also:</strong> 25 best-selling SUVs
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  <h6><strong>inner comfort</strong></h6> The magic is gone - in a sense.  The previous HR-V had a magic seat behind the front row where the bottom cushions could tip over and contribute to cargo-carrying versatility.  Honda fits a set of 60/40 split-folding rear seats typical of the 2023 HR-V.  They can still fold flat to provide super useful loading space, but who doesn't want a magical seat?</p> <p>Elsewhere in the cabin of the new HR-V, some of the magic is carried over.  There's Honda's usual fit and finish, and an increasingly familiar approach to the dashboard — with controls that relay to the touchscreen and/or the steering wheel.</p> <p>A more extreme approach is applied to rear legroom: 37.7 inches.  It's one of the best in this small SUV class, although it's a little inferior to the old HR-V.  Luggage space behind the rear seats is 24.4 cubic feet.  Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 55.1 cubic feet.  The Kia Seltos has more than that, but the HR-V is another distinct class.</p><h6><strong>EXTERIOR DESIGN</strong></h6> <p>New generation, new look.  HR-V 2023 checks out the commission-designed atmosphere and adds a more distinct look.</p> <p>Founded as Civic, the new non-compact HR-V is even bigger than before.  Its wheelbase (the space between the front and rear axles) is about two inches.  The width grows by about 2.5 inches.  The overall length is about 9.5 inches larger.</p> <p>The LX wheels are painted silver, the sport wheels are in gloss black (matched with the grille, side mirror caps, and the rear spoiler are also in gloss black), and the EX-L alloys are machine decorated with inserts in Gloss Shark Gray.  Excellent paint options are Nordic Forest Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, and Urban Gray Pearl.</p><h6><strong>Favorite Features</strong></h6> <p><strong>Honda Link</strong><br/>Download the HondaLink app on a smartphone, and a range of services will be available, such as stolen vehicle location, geofence, automatic collision notification, and service appointments.  This is standard with every new HR-V SUV.</p> <p><strong>Smart entry with mobile automatic lock</strong><br/>"Did you lock the car?"  This question always comes to mind just as your plane takes off and you see all the long-haul yards getting smaller.  With this standard feature on the top bezels, that concern becomes a thing of the past.</p><h6><strong>Standard Features</strong></h6> <p>The introductory LX model of the new HR-V compact SUV isn't packed with standard features, but it does have a decent amount of driver aids - forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning/lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. With low-speed follow, traffic jam assist, and automatic high beams.</p> <p>The rest of the stock includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights/daytime running lights/brake lights, automatic single-zone climate control, and cloth upholstery.  The infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple AAPL,
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   CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, three USB ports, Bluetooth, and four speakers.</p> <p><strong>do not miss: </strong>Car quality is slipping: study finds these are the brands the most and least complaints</p><h6><strong>Factory Options</strong></h6> <p>With the exception of all-wheel drive, the way to get more gear in the 2023 HR-V is to opt for a higher-end design, rather than cherry-picking from the list of options.  The styling is even more sporty than the LX, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, keyless entry/ignition with Walk Away automatic locking, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.</p> <p>The EX-L returns with 17-inch alloy wheels and offers low-speed braking control, power sunroof, front/rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather seat surfaces, Self-dimming rear-view mirror, LED ambient cabin lighting, turn-by-turn directions, 9-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless charging, satellite radio, and an 8-speaker/180-watt audio system.</p> <p><strong>paying off: </strong><strong>Top 12 American Road Trips</strong></p><h6><strong>Engine and transmission</strong></h6> <p>A single engine covers all three design levels of the new HR-V.  It is a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder unit without any turbocharger.</p> <p>Output is 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque.  This connects to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).  Front Wheel Drive (FWD) is standard.  All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional across the lineup.  Ordinary gasoline is quite acceptable.</p> <p>2.0 liter inline-4<br/>158 bhp @ 6500 rpm<br/>138 lb-ft of torque @ 4200 rpm<br/>EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/32 mpg (FWD), 25/30 mpg (AWD)</p> <p><em>This story originally ran </em><em>KBB.com</em><em>.</em>


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