2016 Honda HR-V, the smaller crossover offers top fuel economy in its class

2015-05-12 11:28:40
2016 Honda HR-V, the smaller crossover offers top fuel economy in its class
2016 Honda HR-V, the smaller crossover offers top fuel economy in its class

Domination of the SUV in the automobile market briskly increasing day by day and even the small segment buyers have decided to go for the bigger vehicles with its high-seated position, the all-wheel-drive and the capability to drive in bad weather. The 2016 HR-V is entering in to this market which is still in the early phase of the innings.

The pioneers in the SUV market included Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Buick encore but the field has more than doubled in the past years with new entries like Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X and also the forthcoming Mazda CX-3. The HR-V crossover will sit below the much famous CR-V in terms of price, size and prospects and will compete as a strong contender to attract buyers’ attention.

The CR-V was derived from the Honda Civic platform, but the HR-V has taken to the Fit subcompact.  However the feel of the HR-V crossover is a substantial feeling of more solid where as the Fit felt like a feathery little box. HR-V has a wider cabin, and windshield is close to the driver’s eye and materials and design for the interior show up-scale leanings. If you don’t look at the back then you are sure to mistake this crossover as the latest CR-V. However the HR-V is significantly larger to the smaller Fit and is also 3.2-Inches longer, 2.1 inches wider front track, and the rear track is increased by 2.6 inches. The HR-V overall overshadows the Fit by 9.1-inches length, 2.8-inches width and 3.2-inches height. The minus point is that with increased length the weight has also increased and the HR-V is weighing 400 pounds more than the Fit according to Honda scale. In spite of the increase, the curb weight works out to 3000 pounds which is rather slender in the class.

The HR-V does not share the same 1.5 Liter four-cylinder with 130-hp of the Fit from the other markets instead it uses a larger 1.8 Liter engine borrowed from Civic. But unfortunately the output of the larger engine is not great and musters just 141-hp at the rate of 6500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque at the rate of 4300 rpm. There is the lowest figure in the baby ute segment. This explains why the HR-V is so slow because it takes almost 9-10 seconds to reach the 0-60mph mark.  Woefully the CVT combined with the all-wheel-drive - only transmission option available – takes eternity to build speed though it sends the revs soaring.

For the LX and EX models a six speed manual combined with front-wheel-drive is offered by Honda, the transmission offers the feeling of spirited acceleration. We would prefer the manual as it is easy to shift, but it has along clutch travel which transforms into ropey throws. But the manual unfortunately is not good at fuel economy and according to EPA combined with front-wheel-drive the automatic offers 28/35 thus overtaking the manual by 3/1 mpg in city and highway. The AWD with CVT only model however produces 27/32mpg for city and highway. These figures actually stand at the top or very near to it in the class.

Honda models:

Honda Odyssey
Honda Ridgeline
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
Honda CR-Z
Honda Civic
Honda Crosstour
Honda S2000
Honda Element
Honda Pilot
Honda Passport
Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda Insight
Honda Accord
Honda Prelude
Honda Fit
Honda Fit EV
Honda Civic del Sol
Honda Civic CRX
Honda CR-V