300-plus images, eight turntable animations and even the full pricing and trims list.
The first HR-V’s are rolling into dealerships this week, but will be snapped up almost instantly by other eager shoppers.
Great style and design, posh cabin with cool new tech, plus pricing from a base of just $19,000 for the LX model. The EX-L Navi with AWD and an automatic transmission tops out the model range around $27,000. Our pick?
The most-loaded manual transmission model in EX FWD form. With the cool available machined alloys and the Sport grille option, or HR-V came in at a very impressive $23,000. We also snagged remote start from the long accessories list.
We love the HR-V’s look with its punched roofline and sexy creases all around. This is a seriously chic machine that is spot-on for what buyers want in 2015.
To announce itself, eight shades are offered on the HR-V. The bright Milano Red is a cool shade from Honda that really looks great on the road, while the Orchid White and Steel Blue are pretty fresh colors as well.
The most unique and appealing? Also one that has the silliest name: Misty Green Pearl.
Despite starting with ‘Misty’ … it really is a cool jungle metallic green. Looks super cool.
Curiously, half the colors are available on the CVT auto transmission only. The premium paint price must be lumped together with the auto upcharge? Unknown.
But our Milano red and Misty green can be had on the stick-shift HR-V’s as well.
Check out this monster visualizer below, plus the standard features and pricing of 2015 most-appealing new CUV!
2016 Honda HR-V COLORS
2016 Honda HR-V – Alabaster Silver Metallic (CVT only)
2016 Honda HR-V Trims
With bold and sporty coupe-like styling, SUV versatility, 35 mpg highway fuel economy rating (2WD CVT), and Honda packaging magic, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is set to challenge the growing entry crossover market when it hits Honda dealerships nationwide on May 15. The all-new Honda HR-V crossover will deliver incredible value with a long list of standard features and technologies including 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®1 – all for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at just $19,115.
Available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, the 2016 HR-V is powered by a highly refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing a peak 141 horsepower2 and 127 lb.-ft. of torque3. The engine is paired with one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions, a seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging, short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.
The HR-V also targets class-leading safety ratings and features Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection. The HR-V is designed to achieve top safety ratings: an NCAP five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
|2016 HR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings|
|Trim||Drivetrain||MSRP1||EPA MPG4 Ratings (city/|
|LX||2WD w/ 6MT||$19,115||25/34/28|
|LX||2WD w/ CVT||$19,915||28/35/31|
|LX||AWD w/ CVT||$21,165||27/32/29|
|EX||2WD w/ 6MT||$21,165||25/34/28|
|EX||2WD w/ CVT||$21,965||28/35/31|
|EX||AWD w/ CVT||$23,215||27/32/29|
|EX-L Navi||2WD w/ CVT||$24,590||28/35/31|
|EX-L Navi||AWD w/ CVT||$25,840||27/32/29|
Developed on the new global platform, the HR-V utilizes a center-mounted fuel tank layout and reconfigurable 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to deliver voluminous interior space along with a flexible cabin featuring multiple seating/cargo modes. With 100.1 cu.-ft. of passenger space and 58.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume (LX FWD) with the 2nd-Row seats folded down, the HR-V has space to rival some competitors’ midsize SUV offerings.
The HR-V’s dynamic appearance and sporty, solid stance is aided by its coupe-like cabin shape and bold and powerfully tapered face. Distinctive side contours, including a sharply upswept character line and deeply sculpted lower body flow into a tapered rear fascia that adds to the visual appeal. Concealed rear door handles further enhance the HR-V’s coupe-like appearance.
The equally sporty and sophisticated interior features an expansive, airy cockpit with an abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing punctuated by precise bezels, sophisticated stitch lines and up-market brushed chrome and piano black highlights – all fitting its mission as a youthful yet refined personal crossover vehicle. The three-meter driver’s instrument cluster features “floating” illumination rings and Honda’s ECO Assist™ feature, wherein the speedometer illumination changes from white to green depending on current fuel efficiency.
|2016 HR-V Key Packaging Specifications|
|Passenger volume, cu. ft.||100.1 (LX), 96.1 (EX, EX-L Navi)|
|Cargo volume, cu. ft.||24.3 rear seats up (FWD)|
23.2 rear seats up (AWD)
58.8 rear seats down (LX FWD)
57.6 rear seats down (LX AWD)
58.8 rear seats down
(EX,EX-L Navi FWD)
55.9 rear seats down
(EX,EX-L Navi AWD)
Powertrain and Drivetrain
Power comes from a highly refined and responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain, producing a peak 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda “G-design” shift logic, or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission (LX and EX FWD only). The HR-V is available with front-wheel-drive or with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ for outstanding all-weather traction and control.
|2016 HR-V Powertrain Specifications Overview|
|Engine||SOHC i-VTEC® inline 4-cylinder|
|SAE Horsepower @ rpm||141 @ 6500|
|SAE Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft.)||127 @ 4300|
|Fuel supply system||Programmed Fuel Injection |
|Transmission||CVT or 6-speed manual|
|Drive System||Front-wheel drive/Real Time AWD|
|Fuel type||Regular unleaded|
|Emissions certification (CARB/EPA)||Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle |
Body and Chassis
The HR-V utilizes a unique center-mounted fuel tank layout that enables the 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to fold completely flat into the floor, creating a more spacious and versatile interior package. Driving efficiency, handling performance and cabin quietness are further aided by an aerodynamic shape and a lightweight yet rigid body structure with significant noise-insulating materials and design features. The body utilizes Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection, and 27 percent of the body is composed of advanced ultra-high strength steel for improved rigidity that enhances collision-protection, handling response, ride quality and a quiet cabin environment.
Fully independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension systems with amplitude reactive dampers maximize rear seating and cargo space while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality. Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a refined and sporty steering feel while minimizing energy requirements. All models feature power-assisted four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Hill Start Assist, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 215/55R17 all-season tires.
|2016 HR-V Key Body and Chassis Specifications|
|Track, F/R, in.||60.4/60.6|
|Turning diameter, ft.||37.6|
|Curb Weight, lbs. (FWD 6MT/CVT)||LX: 2888/2902|
EX-L Navi: NA/2947
|Curb Weight, lbs. (AWD CVT)||LX: 3062|
EX-L Navi: 3109
|Fuel capacity, gal.||13.2|
|Ground clearance, in.|
Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
Utilizing advanced safety technologies and design features, including Honda’s next-generation ACE™ body structure, the HR-V is expected to achieve top-class collision safety performance ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the rigorous IIHS small-overlap frontal collision test.
Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)6 electronic stability control system; an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera7; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; driver and front passenger SmartVent® side airbags; side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)8. Honda LaneWatch®9 display is included with EX and EX-L Navi trims.
Features and Trims
The HR-V offers a high level of standard equipment for an affordable crossover vehicle, along with a long list of available premium features to accommodate a wide variety of consumer needs. LX and EX trims with front-wheel drive can be equipped with either the 6-speed manual transmission or sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), and all models can be specified as front-wheel-drive or equipped with Real Time AWD™. Models with Real Time AWD™ are available only with a CVT.
- 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels
- Electric parking brake
- Rearview camera with guidelines
- Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
- Cruise control
- Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, cruise control, and Bluetooth®10 HandsFreeLink® phone interface
- 160-watt, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD
- USB input11
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface
- Audio with 5-inch color LCD screen
- Auto-off headlights
- Auxiliary jack
- Cargo area light
- ECO Assist with ECON mode
- Extendable sunvisors
- 12-volt power outlets (front/second row)
- LED taillights
- One-touch turn signals
- LED pocket light
- Rear heater ducts
- Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
- Reverse-linked intermittent rear windshield wiper
- 60/40 split 2nd-Row Magic Seat®
- Speed-sensitive audio volume control
- Power windows and door locks
- Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- Floor mats
- 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio12 connectivity interface
- Honda LaneWatch® Display
- 180-watt, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD
- Pandora®13 radio compatible
- Heated front seats
- One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
- Smart Entry and Push-Button Start
- Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (CVT only)
- Auto-on/off headlights
- Fog lights
- Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
- Second USB jack
- SMS Text Message functionality
- Automatic climate control system with air filtration
- Rear privacy glass
- Heated body-colored side mirrors with turn indicators
- Variable intermittent wipers
- Lighted vanity mirrors
- Chrome interior door handles, speaker rings and air vent trims
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Leather steering wheel and leather shift knob
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™14
- SiriusXM®15 radio, HD Radio™16 and Honda Digital Traffic
- Auto day/night rearview mirror
- Roof rails
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