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Honda Adds Third SUV Model to U.S. Lineup in the Form of the New 2016 HR-V Crossover

Honda Adds Third SUV Model to U.S. Lineup in the Form of the New 2016 HR-V Crossover

By Jeff Youngs, November 24, 2014

The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover SUV was recently unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Honda says it "blends the styling of a coupe; the toughness, space, and utility of a SUV; and the quality of a Honda." The HR-V will be in U.S. dealerships in early 2015.

Honda claims the 2016 HR-V has one of the most spacious and versatile cabins in its class, due to its center-mounted fuel tank and a reconfigurable second-row seat. It features seating for 5 and a maximum of 100.1 cu. ft. of passenger volume. Cargo volume is 58.8 cu. ft. with the second-row seats down, or 24.3 cu. ft. behind the rear seats.

The HR-V's coupe-like appearance comes from its sporty upswept profile, side contours, and concealed rear door handles, among other exterior features. The cabin features brushed chrome and piano black accents, and many soft-touch materials. The driver's instrument cluster features floating illumination rings and Honda's ECO Assist feature, which causes the speedometer illumination to change from white to green depending on the fuel efficiency of the immediate operation.

The 2016 Honda HR-V is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC valvetrain. It produces 138 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm and is mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission (FWD models only).

Safety features on the new HR-V include Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) II front body structure, which the automaker says is designed to absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision more efficiently. Standard safety and driver-assistive features include 4-channel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and hill-start assist; vehicle stability assist with traction control; an expanded-view driver's mirror; multi-angle rearview camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, driver and front passenger SmartVent side air bags and side-curtain air bags; and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

The 2016 Honda HR-V is available in three trim levels: base LX, EX, and EX-L. Standard equipment on all HR-Vs includes power windows, power mirrors, and power door and tailgate locks; electronic parking brake; rearview camera; aluminum alloy wheels; tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls; Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface; and Pandora radio. Features available on upper trim levels include a 7-in. touch-screen interface, Honda LaneWatch, push-button start, paddle shifters, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, Honda Digital Traffic, heated front seats, power sunroof, embedded navigation, and leather upholstery.

In addition to a comprehensive 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty (including 24-hour Honda Roadside Assistance), the 2016 Honda HR-V includes a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

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