2023 Honda HR-V has received a major overhaul, or you can say a complete makeover. However, recently better, ready-to-combat the onslaught of desirable and stylish compact SUVs has flooded the market. The current gen is practical and offers good value, but it lags behind the segment’s best. The Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30 in almost every way. It’s a no-brainer that the new HR-V looks different from the outgoing model.
The new HR-V borrows its platform from the Civic and uses a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four from Honda’s compact sedan. Hence, the new generation is wider and longer, which Honda claims increases interior space. The new Independent rear suspension replaces the old torsion beam setup, a change that will improve ride and handling. The new model also receives updated technology features and more modern driver-assistance technology.
What’s New In 2023 Honda HR-V?
This Honda’s smallest crossover is completely redesigned for the 2023 model year and is expected to go on sale this summer. The HR-V sports a more modern interior design inspired by the redesigned Civic. Which is both classic and attractive. The front seats are comfortable and supportive as well as provide a variety of adjustments.
2023 Honda HR-V Engine & Performance
In European countries, the HR-V gets power from a hybrid powertrain borrowed from the Insight and Accord. But the U.S. version sports a traditional gasoline 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers a good 158-hp. It is the same engine, that serves as the base powertrain in the Civic. The HR-V took 9.4-second to launch from 0-60 mph while testing. This is over a second slower than the more powerful Mazda CX-30, and two-tenths slower than the 147-hp Hyundai Kona. The HR-V’s 2.0-liter four-pot feels lethargic and unhealthy, but since the SUV shares its platform with the Civic, expect to see a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter or a hybrid powertrain join the lineup. As of now, FWD and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are the standard setups, while AWD is available as an option.
2023 Honda HR-V Fuel-Economy
|2023 Honda HR-V Mileage||City||Highway|
|FWD||26 mpg||32 mpg|
|AWD||25 mpg||30 mpg|
Fuel economy estimates as per the EPA, are highest on FWD models, which are rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Switching to all-wheel drive drops those ratings to 25 mpg city and the highway rating to 30 mpg. Also, on testing the HR-V beat its EPA estimate by 2 mpg.
2023 Honda HR-V Dimensions & Airbags
|2023 Honda HR-V Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||24 ft3|
Every HR-V model comes with either a 7.0- or 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard. The larger display offers wireless connectivity for those features, which is limited to the top EX-L trim. A wireless smartphone charging pad is standard on the EX-L. Expect to see features such as SiriusXM satellite radio, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, at least as options.
Pricing of 2023 Honda HR-V
|2023 Honda HR-V Trims||Price (USD)|
The price of the 2023 HR-V has increased slightly over the outgoing model, and the mid-range EX trim has been dropped. Of the three remaining trims, we would recommend the Sport, as it makes the most sense. Also, the slightly more aggressive exterior styling is appreciable. It’s the only trim that comes with 18-inch wheels, the largest offered.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Honda HR-V Specifications||Specs|
|Engine||DOHC 16-valve inline-4|
|0-60 MPH||9.4 sec|
|0-100 MPH||26.0 sec|
|1/4 Mile||17.3 sec|
|Top Speed||115 mph|