Nothing Magical Regarding Redesigned Honda HR-V
Has the ‘magic’ eroded the Honda HR-V?
Roseville, CA – It’s a loaded question, because the new 2023 Honda HR-V Redesigned and featured without its secret weapon, the unique “magic seat”. For those not in the know, the HR-V’s rear seat could previously have easily flipped over to accommodate a bike or a tall item on its floor.
Well, the second row wasn’t quite as glamorous, but it did add an element that other SUVs don’t have. It was a gimmick that helped give the little HR-V a smart feature. It certainly didn’t hurt sales in 2021 when it hit 137,090, the most since the car debuted in 2015.
More important than giving up the magic seat is the makeup of the 2023 HR-V. You will not rely on the popular Honda Fit hatchback model. After 21 years of operation, the company decided to discontinue the Fit hatchback in America – there will be no 2023 model.
HR-V now draws its cues from the largest Civic. Given the Civic’s historical stature, this isn’t a bad way to imitate it. Civic sales approached 30 million in July 2022 and is Honda’s best-selling vehicle of all time.
With the small SUV now emulating a compact car, it makes sense that the HR-V has grown. Its wheelbase is 1.7 inches long, which gives it more rear leg room. The HR-V is 9.4 inches longer and 2.6 inches wider. Note that the base price for the standard HR-V has also grown, coming to an estimated $23,650, an increase of approximately $1,780 over the 2022 model.
PERFORMANCE AND RIDE
What has not changed is the performance of the HR-V. Its solo engine remains very little and could use a turbo model as an option. While the engine gained 17 horsepower and 11 pound-feet of torque, competitors like Chevrolet TrailblazerAnd the Mazda CX-30Toyota Corolla Cross and Volkswagen Taos are faster.
The standard front-wheel drive HR-V has the same Civic, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, and fuel economy isn’t impressive for a small SUV (26-32 mpg).
The HR-V offers great visibility and delivers solid ride quality, a trait that most Hondas have. It rotates well, has good handling overall, and braking is solid. Standard advanced driver safety features include forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control.
At a Glance – 2023 HONDA HR-V
- Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 158 hp
- Rated mileage: 26-32 mpg
- Estimated Price: $23,650 to $28,950
- Warranty: 3 years/36000 miles; Payment system: 5 years / 60,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 3 years / 35,000; Corrosion: 5 years / unlimited
Although it is one of the most spacious cabins in its class and accommodates five passengers, only two adults will feel comfortable in the second row. By getting rid of the Magic Seat, the cargo area has grown exponentially, going from 14.8 cubic feet to 22.4 cubic feet.
There is not much progress in terms of in-house technology. But the HR-V has a 7-inch touchscreen interface that’s easy to master, and the steering wheel controls are easy to understand, too. The Honda SUV offers Wireless CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad and three USB charging ports in the front seats.
The improvement is modest and there is nothing magical about the 2023 redesign Honda HR-V. However, it is still a powerful compact SUV that should continue to generate solid sales.