The Inside Scoop on the 2023 Honda HR-V

June 2nd, 2022 by

The Basics of the 2023 Honda HR-V

With photos and preliminary details released on April 4th, the Honda 2023 HR-V is completely redesigned in efforts to meet the push for small and stylish SUVs. The last HR-V was practical and easy to drive, but it needed a major change in order to improve its curb appeal and compete against some of the segment’s best models.

A major change is exactly what happened. The new HR-V is completely different from the last model, and also very different from the European model. The HR-V is expected to use either the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four or the turbocharged 1.5-liter cylinder, both from the Civic because the two vehicles share the same platform; however, a hybrid setup could also be a possibility. The outgoing generation shared its platform with the small Fit hatchback, which was aptly configured to allow for a trick second-row Magic Seat which made the HR-V cargo friendly. Since the HR-V has moved to the Civic platform, the new model is larger than the last and is equipped with an independent rear suspension. It has a longer wheelbase and a wider stance than the outgoing car, as well as a much longer hood and noticeably upsized grille.

Transmission, Performance and Engine

The European HR-V runs on a hybrid powertrain, however the U.S. version is expected to come with a traditional gasoline four-cylinder powertrain. Because the HR-V shares a platform with the new Honda Civic, either a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter under the new model’s hood. A hybrid could join the lineup too, however that will be launched after the standard nonhybrid. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will most likely be the common arrangement with all-wheel drive offered as an option. The new independent rear suspension of the new HR-V looks promising for both ride and handling.

Interior

No photos of the 2023 Honda HR-V’s interior have been released yet, however, the model is anticipated to take on a more modern interior design and may be inspired by the 2022 Civic. This approach would give the new Honda HR-V a classic and stylish interior. The last HR-V model featured Honda’s second row Magic Seat, which allows the rear bench to flip and fold to an extremely low, flat floor. This novel feature assisted the small HR-V to lead the segment in cargo capacity despite its size. However, the HR-V’s move to the Civic platform may inhibit the feature.

Technology On The 2023 Honda HR-V

All of the 2023 HR-V models are expected to be decorated with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The European HR-V boasts an infotainment screen which stands tall in the middle of the dashboard and is seemingly larger than the 7.0-inch screen in the outgoing model. The new model will most likely have options for Wi-Fi, SiriusXM radio, and in-dash navigation.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The next HR-V model will almost certainly feature more standard driver-assistance technology, including more advanced technology such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The key safety features past HR-V generations have been tested on include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Fuel Economy and Cost

No details have been released for the 2023 Hr-V’s fuel economy ratings yet. The last HR-V was extremely efficient, so the new model is facing a lot of expectations for efficiency and practicality.

Due to the larger size, and likely more features than the previous Honda HR-V, the new model’s pricing is expected to increase slightly. Once more is revealed on the various trim levels, and its standard and optional equipment, a more clear picture can be drawn of the HR-V’s price.

The 2023 Honda HR-V at Okotoks Honda

Okotoks Honda is so excited to welcome the 2023 Honda HR-V to our floors as soon as we can. Of course, we will be watching for more information on this model to be released, but keep your eyes open for further details on our website where we will post our new HR-V inventory. This will be a model you don’t want to miss out on!

In the meantime, Okotoks Honda is ready to help you with any automotive needs or questions you might have. If you’re looking for assistance or answers to your questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 403.842.1100.