Per­sonal, func­tional Honda HR-V brings shot of en­ergy to en­try cross­over mar­ket

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With bold and sporty coupe­like 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.

The HR-V cross­over de­liv­ers in­cred­i­ble value with a long list of stan­dard fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing 17inch al­loy wheels, push-but­ton elec­tric park­ing brake, rearview cam­era with guide­lines, Pan­dora ra­dio and Blue­tooth Hand­sFreeLink.

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).

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.

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.

Body and Chas­sisThe 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.

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