Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - EXTRA / DRIVES -

In length, the is ex­actly half­way be­tween the larger Honda CR-V and the smaller (but no less ver­sa­tile) Fit. The ve­hi­cle’s slop­ing roofline is more hatch­back than wagon, but in terms of cargo vol­ume, the HR-V beats some com­pe­ti­tion and is sig­nif­i­cantly ahead on vol­ume com­pared to oth­ers.

The HR-V shares the Fit’s chas­sis and emerges from the same pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Mex­ico. As with the Fit, the HR-V’s fuel tank is lo­cated in the cen­ter of the ve­hi­cle beneath the front seats, which al­lows for a flat floor and am­ple legroom for rear-seat pas­sen­gers. As well, the Fit-like rear seat bot­tom folds up, which comes in re­ally handy when trans­port­ing tall ob­jects.

The HR-V’s 1.8-liter four-cylin­der en­gine is mated to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or op­tional con­tin­u­ously vari­able unit (CVT) with op­tional pad­dle shifters that con­trol seven pre-set ra­tios. The op­tional all-wheel-drive stands ready to shift torque to the rear wheels if the fronts be­gin to slip. Note that mod­els with AWD au­to­mat­i­cally get the CVT.

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