The completely redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V was created without compromise and is more fashionable and athletic than its predecessor. It is longer and broader than the 2022 model, which makes it more comfortable but also more thrilling to drive. It also has one of the largest luggage spaces in its class and additional back seat legroom.
The new HR-V has a much stronger chassis, a new independent rear suspension, and a more powerful, quick engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque for a livelier driving experience.
The new HR-V architecture, which is based on the new Honda global architecture like the new 11th-generation Civic, provides enhancements to the ride, handling, and overall refinement. With low-friction components, a new completely independent suspension with Macpherson struts up front and a new multilink setup in the back improve ride quality while giving increased responsiveness and a lively driving experience.
The HR-wheelbase V's has been increased to 104.5 inches (+1.7 inches) for a smoother ride and its tracks have been greatly widen (+2.0 inches in front and +2.5 inches in back) for more traction.
The HR-V has a fine-tuned steering column and specific electronics tuning for increased straight-line stability and superb feel, much like the well-praised steering found on the 11th-generation Civic. A low-drag caliper design improves fuel economy while new, bigger brakes boost stopping power.
The HR-optional V's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control TM has been re-tuned to transfer more engine torque to the rear wheels when conditions get slick in order to improve traction management.
The all-new HR-V design has a low horizontal beltline that extends from the expanded hood to the swell of the rear fenders, giving the vehicle more stature while maintaining its svelte, flowing shape.
The HR-athletic V's proportions are highlighted in the back by the sculpted hatch and standard tailgate spoiler, and the outer edge of the taillights has been contoured to increase aerodynamics.
The HR-V Sport receives a gloss-black rear spoiler, a chrome exhaust finisher, and an even more aggressive horizontally themed grille mesh. Gunmetal metallic paint is used for the bottom half of the rear bumper, while Berlina Black gloss is used for the distinctive 18-inch split 5-spoke wheels on the HR-V Sport.
The HR-V EX-L has a distinctive gloss-black honeycomb grille, gloss black door pillars, and gloss black trim on the front and rear bumpers for a very upmarket appearance.
There will be seven distinct color options for the HR-V, including two brand-new hues that are only available on the HR-V: Nordic Forest Pearl and Urban Gray Pearl.
To better accommodate three passengers, the back seat space has been widened. It also has clever additions like a back tray for a smartphone.
All trims of the HR-V now have a basic cargo compartment that is 24.4 cubic feet larger and has a low lift-over height of little over 27 inches, making it simple to carry heavy or bulky objects. The volume may be increased to 55.1 cu. ft. by simply folding the conventional 60/40 split rear seatbacks to a flat floor.
The HR-V adds a digital instrument display for the first time, as well as noticeably bigger standard and optional color touch screens with built-in Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto TM compatibility.
On LX and Sport versions, a redesigned 7-inch color touch screen that has a physical volume knob, bold, recognizable icons, and a streamlined navigation layout with fewer embedded menus is standard. Hard Home and Back buttons are located on the left. A 0.8-inch finger rest makes it simpler to use the touch screen by giving you a sturdy area to rest your hand on. Additional mode options are located at the bottom of the touch screen.
The HR-V now has the newest driver and passenger front airbag technology from Honda, which is intended to cradle the head and provide better safety.
The HR-V is the first vehicle with front occupant knee and rear passenger side-impact airbags as standard features.
A new Honda Sensing® system with a single camera has a 100-degree field of vision, which is twice as broad as the previous system's camera-and-radar configuration. It can identify the feature points of a target and distinguish between the characteristics of things like cars or people, as well as white lines, curbs at the edges of the road, other cars, pedestrians, bicycles, and traffic signs.
In addition to more natural reactions for current functions like Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, new capabilities for 2023 include Traffic Jam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The HR-V also has a Driver Attention Monitor that when it detects the driver is losing concentration, flashes a warning on the dashboard.