Honda HR-V 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Honda HR-V
|EX||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 84 mph||25/33/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||8.5 sec||16.4 sec @ 83.3 mph||25/33/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|EX||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||8.5 sec||16.5 sec @ 83.2 mph||25/33/27.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|EX-L Navi||1.8L I-4||FWD||CVT||8.6 sec||16.8 sec @ 85 mph||28/34/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX-L Navi||1.8L I-4||AWD||CVT||9.3 sec||17.4 sec @ 82 mph||27/32/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX-L Navi||1.8L I-4||AWD||CVT||9.5 sec||17.4 sec @ 82 mph||27/32/35 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX-L Navi||1.8L I-4||AWD||CVT||9.5 sec||17.3 sec @ 82.2 mph||27/32/29.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Honda HR-V
Honda has finally produced a compact SUV to complement its lineup of CR-Vs and Pilots. The HR-V is a spin-off from the larger very popular vehicle, the Honda Fit.
The Honda HR-V is a compact crossover designed to take on the ever growing small CUV market. With it being the Honda Fit at heart, it brings a suite of crossover features to differentiate it from its hatchback relation.
The 2016 Honda HR-V has negotiated a little of the Fit’s fuel economy for more style, more headroom, and optional all-wheel drive.
The HR-V is a new vehicle, but also in a new class for Honda. It’s sporting some features from its bigger CR-V brother, as it tackles competition from the likes of the Mazda CX-3, the Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X.
Starting at the nose clip, the shorter HR-V wears a ‘look-a-like’ grille and headlamps similar to those on the updated 2015 CR-V. Elsewhere, it has a sportier snazzy shape, and the roofline is arched for more headroom.
The HR-V’s front fenders are more pronounced, and there is a swell of sheet metal at the shoulder line that extends down the side past the hidden rear door handles.
What Powers the HR-V?
The Honda HR-V’s exuberant style is offset by a more moderate performance. With a drive-train that is related to the one in the Fit, the HR-V gets very good fuel economy numbers if it is carefully balanced against adequate acceleration.
The HR-V’s 1.8 liter four cylinder engine is rated at 141 hp @ 6500 rpm, and coupled with either a continuously variable transmission, or a six-speed manual transmission. The 6 speed manual transmission is only available in the front wheel drive models. Either way, and even with the optional all-wheel drive, it feels strong enough for safe highway travel.
With the front wheel drive, and the manual transmission, the 1.8 L 4 cylinders HR-V is good for 25 miles per gallon in the city, and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. Some overseas markets will see the Fit’s 1.5-liter engine in the base model, but it is not currently available in the U.S.
How is the Ride of the HR-V?
The HR-V’s suspension is fairly typical of the smaller SUV class, and is indicative of its subcompact roots. In the front end you’ll find high quality MacPherson struts, in the rear end is a torsion-beam setup. All models are equipped with electric power-assist steering, and disc brakes in the front and rear.
The handling and braking of the HR-V is sufficient for this size vehicle, with stopping bringing in the least praise. The HR-V’s stop and go parts get the job done, but they are a bit soft, and not particularly confidence inspiring. The HR-V is best kept well within the limits of its all season rubber.
In correlation to the small footprint, the HR-V is a fairly lightweight vehicle. In FWD/MT form, LX models weigh in at 2,888lbs. EX models range from 2,917 to 2,933lbs, and the loaded EX-L Navi models with AWD cap out at 3,190.
Inside the cabin, the HR-V has the Fit roots shining through. The seating position is higher, and the legroom is more generous. The HR-V is not a large vehicle, but the rear legroom is adequate, and its hatchback shape means more rear headroom for passengers.
The driver controls fall into hand with ease, and the elevated seating provides an excellent view of the road. Honda’s available Lane-watch feature makes merging to the right a snap.
When the right turn signal is on, a camera on the right side mirror is activated; showing the area obstructed by the passenger side roof pillars, thus making it nearly impossible to overlook blind spot drivers.
Is the HR-V Comfortable?
The Inside is nicer than the Fit, thanks to added noise reduction insulation, quality materials, and the finer details. The dual-screen clutter of the larger Honda is absent in the HR-V. It has a very neat cabin in the upper trim levels, and can have a single, larger touch-screen interface for infotainment and safety displays.
The HR-V’s conversation piece is the rear Magic Seat taken directly from the Fit’s design. The Magic Seat is Honda’s term for its 60/40 split and fold-flat seating system. It is capable of accommodating long objects, and wide cargo. With all the seats up, the HR-V can hold up to five passengers comfortably, although you may not want to spend too much time in the middle of the rear bench. The seating is adequate, but not exactly luxurious for three adults in the back seat area.
With the expansion of the subcompact CUV market well underway, it was only a matter of time before the compact mainstay Honda brought something to the table in the Honda HR-V.
Based on the popular, practical, and versatile Fit subcompact, Honda’s HR-V is perfect for drivers who want a small footprint, elevated seating position, and hatchback versatility.
To learn more about Honda HR-V, visit the official Honda website.