Totally new, the HR-V is totally cool

2016, Honda, HR-V

The 2016 HR-V crossover is an all-new Honda vehicle that fills the space and utility that is missing between the Honda Fit ($15,650) and the Honda CRV ($23,445).

The SUV market is growing, and many car companies are bringing out compact SUVs that provide functionality, flexibility and value for the money. The market has just gotten hotter with an SUV that starts under $20,000.

The Honda HR-V is designed to relate to daily life and the wants and desires of a regular family that goes to work every weekday and plays with their family on the weekend. Fuel efficiency and safety are leaders in this segment but so are flexibility, functionality, and performance.

The 2016 HR-V features an SOHC i-VTEC 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder that can produce 141 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 127 @ 4300 lb-ft of torque. CVT or 6-speed manual are available. Regular unleaded gasoline is recommended.

Internationally recognized for safety, and reliability the HR-V complements the accolades already bestowed on Honda. Included in HR-V's safety portfolio is a multi-angle rearview camera that is not required by NHTSA. Standard is the Adaptive Cruise Control )ACC), Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist system, collision mitigation braking system, multi-rear view camera, lane watch, road departure mitigation and rear cross traffic monitor. If you want Honda's lane watch seven display get the EX or the EX-L with Navigation trims.

Honda says that Tsuya means seductive, alluring in Japanese and it is the Japanese word that captures the feeling of the HR-V, much like Mazda uses the word Koda for its Mazda CX-3.

The HR-V elevates Honda design. The HR-V has added a design to its side view that belies flow, motion, and aerodynamics. It allows the compact crossover to feel like a woman with a waist, a car that can Zumba. Dress her up anyway you want, there are eight exterior colors and four interior color options.

Competitors: Mazda CX-3, Subaru XV Crosstrek, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, Chevy Trax. Secondary cross-shopping includes Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, GMC Granite, Scion xB and Hyundai.

Some of these competitors might not seem in the same category, but the functionality of the HR-V lends itself to a minivan's practicality with refined performance.

The well-equipped HR-V is available in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L Navigation system. There are five multi-utility seating and cargo modes; normal, split, tall, utility and long mode. Whether you are hauling people or cargo, there is a mode for you, your dog, and/or furniture. You could practically live in this car because of its functionality.

Produced in Celaya, Mexico the Honda HR-V goes on sale at Honda car dealers May 15, 2015.

2016 Honda HR-V LX FWD w/ 6MT $19,115 25/34/28 2016 Honda HR-V LX FWD w/ CVT $19,915 28/35/31 2016 Honda HR-V LX AWD w/ CVT $21,165 27/32/29 2016 Honda HR-V EX FWD w/ 6MT $21,165 25/34/28 2016 Honda HR-V EX FWD w/ CVT $21,965 28/35/31 2016 Honda HR-V EX AWD w/ CVT $23,215 27/32/29 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi FWD w/ CVT $24,590 28/35/31 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi AWD w/ CVT $25,840 27/32/29

* 6-speed manual transmission (Standard on front-wheel drive LX and EX models) * Continuously variable transmission (CVT) (Available in LX and EX; standard on EX-L Navi models). The CVT transmission allows for the econ mode and steering wheel-mounted dual-mode paddle shifters to provide a more engaging and more fuel-efficient driver experience. The CVT transmission also allows for Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System.

By Lou Ann Hammond

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