Honda’s HR-V small SUV is completely redesigned for 2023. The all-new HR-V is longer, wider, roomier and more stylish. It has the same chassis as the current Honda Civic, so the ride is more refined and handling is energized. The infotainment system is updated and driver-assistance technology is enriched.
The 2023 HR-V lineup includes three trim levels: LX, Sport, and EX-L. They come standard with front-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive for an extra $1,500.
All three models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It’s another component from the Civic and replaces the previous 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, increasing output by 17 horsepower and 11 pound-feet of torque. The three trims also have in common a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
EPA fuel economy ratings for combined city/highway driving are 28 mpg with front-wheel drive, and 27 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Changes made to create the 2023 HR-V add up to improvements in every aspect: appearance, performance, comfort, room, safety, modern but straightforward infotainment technology, cargo-carrying capacity, and driving dynamics.
The new engine, while better, still falls a little short. To be fair, HR-V’s reputation has never included breakneck acceleration. During most driving situations, the engine is able-bodied, perfectly fine. When the challenge is pulling out from a side street onto a busy road with high-speed traffic, such as Snohomish County highways 530, 92 and 2, let’s just say that waiting for a generous gap in the traffic before jumping-in is wise.
Standard features of the HR-V LX include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 17-inch wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistance technology. It starts at $25,045 including a $1,245 destination charge.
The Sport trim ($27,145) comes with 18-inch wheels and sportier touches including a unique grille, gloss-black rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip and exclusive upholstery with orange stitching. It adds heated front seats and a six-speaker audio system.
The top-level EX-L ($29,145) has a 9-inch touchscreen and adds wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver’s seat, a power sunroof and more.
2023 HONDA HR-V AWD EX-L
Base price, including destination charge: $30,645
Price as driven: $31,040
Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by automotive manufacturers as a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control content of the reviews.
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