The 2016 HR-V is Honda’s version of what a compact utility vehicle should be.
Most people are familiar with the popular Honda CR-V, that formerly rugged-looking SUV turned top-tier family vehicle over the years. But last year, a new addition has joined the Honda lineup. Positioned right under the CR-V, the model is expected to meet the needs of a new class of consumers and compete in the increasingly popular crossover segment. Say hello to the 2016 Honda HR-V.
The crossover segment has been receiving a lot of attention in the past few years. The models competing in the category are usually built on one of the manufacturer’s sedan platform, but equipped with SUV-like features such as all-wheel drive, a convenient hatchback and a higher ground clearance. The 2016 HR-V is Honda’s version of what a compact utility vehicle should be. The design, inspired from its big brother’s, borrows front portion look with the wing-shaped headlights integrated into a chrome stripped grille. It provides ample seating for five passengers and the 657L cargo volume behind the second row of seats is one of the best in the segment. Thanks to its depth and width, the trunk won’t impose any sacrifices on the type or the amount of cargo you can carry, easily fitting hockey bags and strollers.
The interior of the model is simple, easy on the eye and convenient. The materials are soft to the touch and overall good quality. The 2016 HR-V is also equipped with everything your tech-heart may desire, including the next generation Honda Link infotainment system, accessible via a five inch touchscreen display, integrated into a minimalistic and sleek-looking two level control panel. The CUV is available with features such as Bluetooth streaming, wheel-mounted controls, speed-sensitive control, satellite radio, navigation, voice recognition, multi-angle rearview camera, heated seats and cruise control.
Crowned with the title of NHSTA 5-star safety rating, the new HR-V is making the Honda family proud. The manufacturer has a reputation for safety and the newcomer is no exception. Safety features in the crossover include brake assist, hill start assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and Honda Lane Watch technology.
Teamed with your choice of a front-wheel or all-wheel drive layout, the 1.8L engine rated at 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque is available with your choice of six-speed manual transmission or a CVT for added fuel economy. Thanks to the ECO Assist with ECON mode, fuel economy can read as low as 6.7L/100km on the highway.
No wonder the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V was a contender to the AJAC title of best new SUV/CUV under $35,000 of the year. Put it to the test! The newcomer to the Honda family is waiting for you at Lallier Honda in Repentigny.