If you think there's something familiar about the 2017 Honda HR-V, you're not wrong. It may have been a completely new model for the Honda range only last year, but the name itself is anything but all-new. A previous HR-V was originally introduced into the Honda family as long ago now as the 1999 model year, and it stayed in production until as recently as 2006 when it was finally discontinued. After what eventually became a decade-long hiatus, what some could regard as the second-generation of the subcompact crossover finally landed in showrooms last year as a 2016 model. Apart from the name and the segment of the market it resides in, the new HR-V shares nothing with its predecessor.
The 2017 Honda HR-V is constructed on the same platform as the Fit hatchback, although the HR-V has a lot more in common with the big-selling CR-V when it comes to the way it looks. There's something of a coupe-like feel about the HR-V thanks to its upward sweeping rear pillar and the sleekly embedded and subtly disguised rear door handles. The HR-V doesn't have a lack of rear headroom many genuine coupes suffer from though, as the roofline in this case includes a more practical arch. The fenders have a design that swells and curves in a bold and attractive manner that's really pretty eye-catching, and the stubby nose of the HR-V sets it apart from most of its segment rivals.
The HR-V interior is neat, tidy and well put together with the kind of quality way we'd expect from a Honda, and it's not being unfair to suggest the finishes and materials are even of a higher quality than those of the 2017 Honda Fit. There's a really large infotainment touchscreen that doubles up as a display surface for the HR-V's sound and safety systems, which is a feature of higher trim levels of the crossover. In fact, it would be easy to mistake a lot of what you see inside the HR-V as being from a model considerably more expensive than it is.
As a general rule, Honda isn’t one of those manufacturers that go overboard with lots of trim levels that are only minutely different from the ones above and below it in the range. So, in the 2017 Honda HR-V the manufacturer keeps it down to just three trims and one powertrain across the entire lineup. The entry level model is therefore the LX, the EX-L Navi is the model that sits at the top of the range, and the EX then sits right in between.
Another area of considerable difference between the HR-V and the Fit it's based upon is the powerplant. The Honda Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder puts out just 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, but the 2017 Honda HR-V has an inline-four of a 1.8-liter displacement delivering more power at 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the base LX trim, although a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the standard unit with EX and EX-L Navi trims that's also an available option for the LX. The Honda HR-V does steal a march on many of its subcompact rivals though, and that's because although it's standard front-wheel drive, trims other than the base LX can be specified with all-wheel drive.
The 2017 Honda HR-V is available right now in the Baytown area from Honda of Clear Lake, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details and to arrange a test drive.