Yet another Honda model is making its way to America and it is the 2017 Honda HR-V car. This model will be using the same underpinings as the Honda Fit model, which is already a popular vehicle worldwide. They decided to make a crossover based on the Fit and have designed at released it in Japan in 2013 under the name Vezel. So for all of the fans this car is being transferred to America but will change the name for the market and then dubbed the Honda HR-V model.
The HR-V will slot just beneath the already established and popular CR-V model, which is a standard vehicle seen on the US soil. But as we have seen, this car has little to do with the car that they are basing it on. The appearance of the HR-V leads us to believe that it has nothing to do with the Honda Fit model. Instead it borrows a lot of exterior and styling cues from its bigger brother and resembles the CR-V model a lot.
Although smaller, this car is very spacious on the inside. It hosts a lot of features and has a lot of interior roominess. The added spacing is allowed due to the center tank design and also the use of a Magic Seat system that it comes with. The car also gets rid of the 1.5-liter four-cylinder used in the Fit and goes for a bigger 1.8-liter four-banger engine.
The model was showcased first at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and it is finally time for it to cross the pond and come to America. The release date has been offered finally and the pricing has been announced as well so after reading this review you will be hard pressed for the coming of the 2017 Honda HR-V model.
Exterior Design for the 2017 Honda HR-V
We did say that the 2017 Honda HR-V is based on the Honda Fit model style wise, but it actually does not look anything like it. As mentioned this car is actually a much smaller CR-V model with sportier elements. We can see some borrowed elements like the design of the headlamps and also the hood which are the same for the CR-V car. But the HR-V hosts a lot of its own unique features. Namely the body lines and the rear end are all unique to the HR-V car.
Generally speaking this car has a pretty splendid and sporty design. It has a coupe-like roofline which comes with muscular fenders and there is also an upswept character line which is hidden by the rear door handles. We can arguably say that this car is one of the best looking models in its class. Perhaps the current segment does not have much in terms of competitors but this one may emerge as one of the best.
The car will also be available in three different trims, namely the LX, EX and EX-L, and comes standard with power mirrors, aluminum-alloy wheels and power tailgate locks. It will also offer a Lunar Sliver Metallic as its exterior color choice this year.
Inside Additions and Setup
The interior of the 2017 Honda HR-V will blend both the elements found in the CR-V and Fit models. It will add a lot of exclusiveness as well to the mixture but the steering wheel and the instrument cluster have a basic type of a design the passenger’s side dashboard is unique but not particularly exciting looking. The center stack is also different but the controls and the infotainment system will be transferred from the CR-V model. The same thing goes for the gearshifter but the center console is entirely new.
The inside of the HR-V will be the same mixture of hard plastic and soft-touch materials. But the HR-V model has a much more premium feel to it that its base car. There are some black piano inserts added, chrome pieces and very sophisticated stitching featured on the inside. The instrument cluster has “floating” illumination rings and the ECO Assist application which can change the speedometer illumination when fuel is low.
Because the vehicle has a center-mounted fuel tank for its platform and also boasts a reconfigurable second-row “Magic Seat” it has one of the most spacious inside of all of the crossover models. This results in 100.1 cubic feet of passenger volume and 58.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second row seats folded completely.
Engine Option and Specs
Under the hood the 2017 Honda HR-V is powered by something a bit more powerful than the Honda Fit model. It has a refined version of Honda’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which comes with a i-VTEC and is able to make 138 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. This engine will be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission that comes for the 2WD models or a CVT with Honda’s “G-design” shift logic.
Release Date and Price
Based on the current news for the 2017 Honda HR-V, the release date for the American market is set for the coming year. The car is going to start sales early in the year and you can get it since January already. The starting base price for the LX trim is $19,265 while the EX starts at $21,415, and the EX-L Navi offered at $24,840.