Street Take a look at: 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD

Street Take a look at: 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD

A Full Makeover for the Smallest Honda Crossover

The 2023 Honda HR-V begins the second era for the smallest crossover within the Honda line-up. With a brand new design and constructed on a brand new platform, the 2023 Honda HR-V continues to be an excellent worth with a roomy inside and 30+ mpg. The subcompact crossover class is loopy aggressive with a mannequin from nearly each producer, with Honda making the case for the HR-V to be in your purchasing checklist.

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
Able to play with the larger boys

One Engine. One Transmission. AWD Non-obligatory.

Honda makes it easy because the HR-V is on the market with one engine and one transmission. The two.0 liter non-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is mated to a constantly variable transmission (CVT). A shout-out to Honda for not placing pointless paddle shifters on the HR-V. Efficiency numbers are 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, driving the entrance wheels with all-wheel drive an choice.

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
The one alternative

For the all-wheel drive model, which Clear Fleet Report had for every week, the transmission is a part of the Honda Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control. Actual Time senses when your automobile is dropping traction, and mechanically prompts the rear differential to drive the rear wheels. When AWD isn’t wanted, the system switches again to front-wheel drive. This computer-operated system mechanically and seamlessly makes the facility transfers with out discover to the driving force.

Operating on 87 octane, the EPA charges the HR-V AWD at 25 mpg metropolis/30 freeway/27 mixed. If choosing the front-wheel drive HR-V, the gas economic system numbers are 26/32/28. In 323 miles driving totally on Southern California freeways, we averaged 28.2 mpg. Gasoline economic system numbers reported by Clear Fleet Report are non-scientific, and signify the reviewer’s driving expertise utilizing the sprint gauge pc. Your numbers might differ.

Hitting the Open Street

The two.0L within the HR-V AWD carried out nicely, however with zero-to-60 occasions slightly below 10 seconds, merging into 70 mph freeway site visitors could be an journey. With 4 driver selectable drive modes of Regular, Eco, Snow and Sport, it takes only one freeway on ramp to figure-out Sport mode is your best option. It remaps throttle response and shift factors, and was the place to be for optimum acceleration. The hill begin help and brake maintain are normal security and comfort options.

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
Tire noise was minimal

Wind and highway (tire) noise was low, however at occasions the engine was noisy throughout stress, similar to aggressive acceleration or climbing a grade. When freeway cruising or in-town driving, it was quiet and easy. SoCal’s concrete freeways enhance the noise inside virtually any automobile, however the HR-V held its personal minimizing cabin noise about pretty much as good as any of its compact crossover rivals.

The primary era HR-V was primarily based on the Honda Match. The all-new 2023 HR-V shares parts with siblings Civic and CR-V. The three,333-pound curb weight was nicely managed by the AWD and the 250/60 Hankook Kinergy GT all-season tires mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels. The brand new entrance suspension and a brand new absolutely unbiased rear suspension led to a snug journey that absorbed bumps nicely and was easy on the freeway. With solely seven inches of floor clearance, the HR-V AWD just isn’t supposed for aggressive off-road driving. The all-wheel drive performance is there to assist in slippery, moist or slushy road driving–and perhaps a bit of sunshine forest service highway cruising.

The dealing with just isn’t sporty, however Honda doesn’t tout the HR-V as being a sport crossover, neither is it rated for towing. What you get is sweet traction, predictable cornering, little tire slippage when cornering laborious, and solely gentle physique lean on probably the most extreme corners. Stopping was constant from the power-assisted anti-lock brakes, digital brake distribution, stability help, and the ventilated entrance and strong rear discs.

Freshened Exterior

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
New look coming at ya

The HR-V is the smallest of Honda’s 4 SUVs and crossovers. Going up the dimensions chart are the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot. All-new for 2023, the HR-V is conservative in its design with a glance that forgoes scoops, chrome and sharp edges. The black-out honeycomb grille is probably the most distinctive design function because it sets-off the wide-set LED head and daytime working lights.

Out there in seven colours, our HR-V was painted in Nordic Forest Pearl that carried a $395 premium. The physique color-keyed bumpers, door handles, shark fin antenna, energy heated exterior mirrors and rear window spoiler had been offset by black entrance and rear fascia.

The 2023 HR-V is discreet, not flashy, with an total protected design that’s easy and with out unneeded cladding.

Comfy Inside

The 2023 HR-V’s dimensions have grown to 9 inches longer and three inches wider than the outgoing mannequin, leading to a bigger inside. Clear Fleet Report examined the highest trim stage HR-V AWD EX-L with a grey inside, with the seats, shift knob and the steering wheel all trimmed in leather-based. The LX and Sport fashions get fabric seats with contrasting stitching.

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
Driver-friendly confines

The driving force and passenger seats are heated, with the driving force getting 8-way energy changes, Whereas the passenger has guide changes. Lumbar changes for the driving force would have been a welcomed function. The thigh bolsters had been good, with the guide tilt and telescoping steering column serving to the driving force discover a snug driving place. The one contact tilt and slide energy moonroof opens the cabin to the nice open air, and total outward visibility was good.

The rear seat room welcomes grown people, holding two comfortably with well-padded seat bottoms, however three for brief jaunts. The 60/40-split rear seat folds for a flat cargo space of 55.1 cubic toes, however doesn’t have a fold-down heart armrest. The low sill step-over into the cabin and extensive door openings had been appreciated, whereas the rear seat space had ample leg, shoulder and head room. Rear passengers get touch-sensitive ceiling-mounted studying lights, door pocket storage, however no USB ports or air flow vents.

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD
Adults welcome

The cockpit design is driver-friendly, with a 7-inch display screen utilizing spherical white numbers towards black background gauges that make discovering driving info fast and handy. Utilizing controls on the steering wheel the driving force can scroll-through numerous automobile settings.

The LX and Sport fashions get a colour 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. The EX-L ups that to 9 inches to accommodate the navigation and the 180-watt audio system with eight audio system. The nice sounding audio system has a easy consumer interface with AM/FM/HD radio, SiriusXM, and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a quantity knob and a rocker button to pick out the radio channels, however two knobs could be extra consumer pleasant. The lighted USB ports had been accompanied by a 12-volt outlet.

The inside construct and materials high quality are at an above common stage for this class of crossover, with mushy surfaces on the sprint, door panels and heart console, all embellished with prime stitching. The low profile sprint aided in good ahead imaginative and prescient and the engaging linear honeycomb sample on the sprint gave an look of size and widening. The conveniently positioned dual-zone computerized local weather management has giant wheels for simple operation.

Security and Comfort

All HR-V fashions come normal with lively and passive security options similar to entrance, and aspect air baggage with rollover sensors, and Honda Sensing, their superior driver help system (ADAS). Security applied sciences embody ahead collision and highway departure mitigation, lane maintain help, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise management.

The all-new 2023 Honda HR-V
Extra space for enjoyable

Further security and comfort options embody distant keyless entry, a safety system, push button begin/cease, ground mats, walk-away auto lock, a tire strain monitoring system, an computerized dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and voice recognition and an electrical parking brake.

Pricing and Warranties

The 2023 Honda HR-V is available in three trim ranges of LX, Sport and EX-L, and both FWD or AWD for every trim. Base costs are $25,045, $27,145 and $29,145. All pricing consists of the obligatory $1,245 vacation spot and dealing with payment.

The 2023 HR-V comes with these warranties.

  • Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 mile
  • Primary – Three years/36,000 mile                  
  • Corrosion Perforation – 5 years/Limitless miles
  • Roadside Help – Three years/36,000 miles

Observations: 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L AWD

The all-new 2023 Honda HR-V is an entry stage compact crossover that’s straightforward to stay with. The redesign is extra up to date, and with added size and width the inside is extra spacious than the outgoing mannequin. The HR-V affords consolation for 4, 5 in a pinch, has an AWD choice for sloppy highway situations, has a full suite of superior security methods, and has the standard Honda DNA.

The all-new 2023 Honda HR-V
From the world to you

The compact Crossover class for the HR-V is fierce. With no-less than fourteen rivals, Honda is counting on the brand new design to maintain present HR-V homeowners within the household, and appeal to these customers moving-out of a sedan on the lookout for a bit extra space.

The HR-V is a real worldwide crossover. The engine comes from the U.S., numerous components are sourced from Canada and Mexico, with the ultimate meeting level of Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. What this implies to you the customer is the HR-V is proving its worth as a real world automobile.

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Story and photographs by John Faulkner.

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