Fast growth. The 2023 Honda HR-V, the company’s smallest, most cheap SUV, is larger, more powerful, more spacious, and better equipped, but more expensive to own and maintain.
2023 Honda HR-V has expanded, as new generations do. Honda says majority of the extra wheelbase length went to back legroom. The car is longer, broader, and fractions of an inch taller. Change in platform causes growth surge. The 2023 Honda HR-V is no longer based on the Fit hatchback, but the Civic sedan and hatchback.
The new Fit platform is an improvement over the previous. Honda is keen for you to know it’s not the Civic platform, but a universal platform utilised by both the Civic and HR-V. It’s a weird point to belabour given how much we adore the Civic.
In addition to being larger, this platform has a new multilink rear suspension that Honda says would improve ride comfort and agility. The new Civic’s handling bodes well for the HR-V.
Honda hasn’t specified how much the new HR-V weighs, but a bigger car with more equipment and a more sophisticated rear suspension likely weighs more. The new model’s fuel economy has reduced from 28/34/30 mpg to 26/32/28 for front-wheel drive and 25/30/27 for all-wheel drive. Honda representatives confess they sacrificed fuel economy for more space and power.
The 2023 Honda HR-four-cylinder V’s engine is borrowed from the Civic and now displaces 2.0 litres instead of 1.8 for 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft. We don’t expect the new HR-V to be faster than the outgoing model, which needed 9.6 seconds to reach 60 mph with the CVT automatic.
Moreover. First-gen car’s manual transmission is gone (well, it was gone, too, from the old model, since 2018). Honda says their retuned CVT is more refined and produces greater power with front- or all-wheel drive. In slippery circumstances, the optional all-wheel-drive system sends power to the rear wheels sooner.
The 2023 Honda HR-V comes standard with the latest Honda Sensing active and passive safety system. Every HR-V comes standard with front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assistance.
The HR-V sports updated knee airbags for the front row and second-row side airbags.
The inside has improved. We don’t mind that the new dashboard mimics the Civic’s. Honda’s half-digital, half-analog instrument cluster and 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen are standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on higher model levels with a 9.0-inch infotainment screen.
The centre console and armrest have been rearranged. Cupholders are relocated ahead of the shifter, with an optional wireless charging behind them. The pass-through and storage space below the shifter is now beneath your elbow and has two USB-C ports.
New, comfy front seats have lost their party trick. The Magic Seat that rested horizontally and fit long objects is gone. Honda says it wasn’t utilised enough to warrant a return.
The 2023 Honda HR-stretched V’s back row has more legroom and shoulder room than before. Unfortunately, there are no USB ports in the back for rear passengers of any age.
There’s more cargo space without the Magic Seat. The extra length behind the rear wheels has increased cargo space from 14.8 to 24.4 cubic feet.
2023 Honda HR-V prices will likely rise. The $1,780 base price increase over the ’22 model seems reasonable for the greater size, power, and features. First ones will arrive as you read this.