The third-generation Honda HR-V is completely redesigned from the ground up. Built to appeal to those looking for a well-rounded, sleek, and fully-featured subcompact SUV, the 2023 Honda HR-V represents the pinnacle of style and affordability in one small package. The design leans heavily into a sportier look that encompasses many of the traditional elements that make the HR-V the HR-V but updated for modern shoppers. This includes a new grille, lines, and dimensions.
The 2023 Honda HR-V has also received a complete overhaul to its performance and infotainment suite. The ground-up improvements expand from the track all the way to the tech. This includes an updated powertrain that gives you more access to horsepower and torque for improved performance, as well as improved handling, thanks to the new suspension setup on the modified chassis. Larger touchscreen options, improved wireless connectivity, and more ways to make use of your smart devices inside the cabin have also been included in the standard line-up of the 2023 Honda HR-V.
When it comes to the line-up, the HR-V is rich with options in a more manageable three-trim offering. This starts with the base LX trim, then you have the Sport trim and the premium EX-L trim. Each of these trims is available in a variety of different colors. In fact, you can get the 2023 HR-V in up to seven different options themed around your color preferences, including options like Nordic Forest Pearl, Milano Red, Modern Steel Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl.
Part of the big overhaul for the 2023 Honda HR-V has been an improvement to its overall performance capabilities. This includes upping the powertrain from the outgoing 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder to a more powerful and capable 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder. While it may not seem like much from the outset, the new engine provides the HR-V with more power and more torque right off the line, all while being paired with a continuously variable transmission.
The new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder provides this Honda SUV with 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. That gives you more than an 11% increase in overall horsepower with the 2023 HR-V and nearly 8% more torque compared to the outgoing model. Basically, it means you have more power and more performance with the 2023 HR-V compared to previous model year outings, making it a snappy and very responsive subcompact SUV. With the new hill descent control and three drive modes––which include Normal, Snow, and ECO Mode––you have complete control over how the HR-V behaves on the road.
The new model is also still available in two different drivetrain formats, including front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and improvements have been applied to Honda's Real-Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control System. This system helps maximize the HR-V's power output while giving drivers more control, stability management, and traction than ever before. In fact, the Intelligent Control System at the heart of the HR-V's all-wheel drive has been updated to make it more capable and responsive in various types of weather conditions than ever before.
All of these changes don't diminish one of the core aspects of the Honda HR-V's appeal: its fuel economy. Those who buy subcompact SUVs expect to get conservative gas mileage out of their vehicle, and that hasn't changed for the 2023 model year. In fact, the 2023 HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway when configured in front-wheel drive, while you can expect an EPA-estimated 25 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway in all-wheel drive.[b] This just goes to show that the 2023 Honda HR-V has been improved in all the right ways without sacrificing many of the aspects that SUV shoppers have grown to love.
The 2023 Honda HR-V has received some major design alterations for the new model year, mostly in the form of improving its overall look, making it more aerodynamic, and giving it a refresh with more modern sensibilities. This starts with the completely revamped fascia, featuring a dynamic honeycomb grille that improves airflow. A longer hood and more refined roofline help give the HR-V that sporty look, while the body lines give the HR-V a fine balance of being reserved without being boring.
Redesigned headlights and taillights with LED lighting provide modern amenities without sacrificing the vehicle’s subcompact design. Available 17, 18, or 19-inch wheels along with the slim roof-lip spoiler embody some of Honda's racing elements, all without taking away from the economic appeal of the SUV. You also have the rear privacy glass so that you can see out, but those you don't want looking in will have obscured visibility.
The new generation SUV is also built on the Advanced Compatibility Engineering platform, which was designed to address the issue of oblique collisions and impacts. This makes the HR-V much safer than previous generations, along with being equipped with new standard outboard rear seat side impact airbags and front knee airbags, in addition to the standard assortment of airbags that come with the vehicle. These updates are also leveraged by the latest in the Honda Sensing Suite of safety technology.
The 2023 Honda HR-V comes with lots of updated Honda Sensing assists, including traffic jam assist, traffic-sign recognition, and improved blind spot information and pedestrian protection. These features are enhanced thanks to the wide-angle 100-degree single camera as part of the Honda Sensing radar technology. This means the collision mitigation braking system and forward collision warning are more responsive, and the lane keeping assist system and road departure mitigation system are more adaptable to current circumstances. All of these features also help improve the adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, making the 2023 HR-V the most advanced yet when it comes to safety and collision prevention.
Many SUV shoppers looking for a reliable subcompact vehicle oftentimes want something that's affordable, roomy, and comfortable. The 2023 Honda HR-V manages to accomplish all of that and more, thanks to its ability to easily seat five people across two rows. You have a maximum passenger volume of up to 98.7 cu.ft. of space and a max cargo volume of up to 24.4 cu.ft. of space with the rear seats up. With the rear seats folded, you can make use of a max cargo volume of 55.1 cu.ft. of space.
Available leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed upholstery, and an eight-way power driver seat with heated passenger seats ensure the seating comfort is well taken care of in the HR-V. Available automatic or dual-zone climate control paired with a one-touch sunroof gives the HR-V additional luxury appeal, while multiple cargo spaces make it very convenient for storage and travel. Seatback pockets, a center console with armrest and storage, cargo area tie-down anchors with lights, cup holders, and ambient LED lighting help add a lot of value to the interior cabin capabilities of the subcompact SUV as well.
On the tech side, this new Honda vehicle has a complement of features that are sure to entice many SUV shoppers out there who also happen to be technophiles. The HondaLink comes standard across the trim line, enabling navigation and connectivity features for each and every model. A completely overhauled infotainment center is also present in the 2023 model year when it comes to the touchscreen, which is now available in HD at up to nine inches. Support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Qi-compatible wireless charging, also help give the SUV more value on the tech front.
Standard digital driver display is also spread across each of the 2023 model year trims, which includes a tachometer, safety support, driver attention monitoring, and other telemetry. The seven-inch display can is configured to show feedback and alerts related to vehicle health. Multiple USB charging ports, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and Bluetooth wireless support for making hands-free calls and texting will also come in handy for those who need to make calls or confer with cohorts while on the go. Added tech like SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio, and an eight-speaker audio system also give the HR-V a lot of cabin media options for those who can't get enough of their favorite programs or music playlists during daily travels.