The new HR-V 2023 gains in size and a larger engine

Honda felt it was time to revamp its subcompact crossover, which first arrived in 2016. For 2023, the HR-V gets a major overhaul as it enters its 2nd generation. Of course, the brand is targeting “young active buyers” and hopes the new updates will make a difference in a market otherwise saturated with small sport utility vehicles.

The appearance of the new HR-V is slightly sportier (and frankly reminds us of the new Ford Escape 2021), the interior is redesigned with a lot more technology, including a standard digital instrument display, a new engine of 2.0L produces 17 more horsepower and now rides on a reworked suspension system, Honda says this volume-selling crossover will be more fun on open roads.

The size of the HR-V increases and gains a new engine with more power

Gone is the 1.8L 4-cylinder, replaced by a larger 2.0L 4-cylinder with 158 horsepower (SAE net @ 6,500 rpm) and 138 lb-ft. of torque (SAE net at 4,200 rpm). Aside from a more refined engine, the new mill produces 17 more horsepower and adds 11 lb-ft. of torque.

The CVT transmission remains for 2023 but gets some upgrades for power, refinement and engine sound. Honda promises “a more naturally responsive feel” thanks to the new CVT’s improved G-Design programming and “Step-Shift” programming. We’ll know for sure once we’ve tested the redesigned HR-V on the road.

2023 HR-V EX-L. Photo: Honda

For daily driving, Honda has built the new model on a significantly stronger structure, combined with a new independent rear suspension. The wheelbase jumps to 104.5 inches – an increase of almost 2 inches over the outgoing version – and has widened the track for better stability, adding 2 inches in the front and 2.5 inches in the rear. back.

New HR-V interior for 2023

Inside, Honda really wants to drive the simple, sporty and spacious themed home with new customers – a design language first introduced in the 2022 Civic.

Exterior mirrors are now further away from the A-pillars coupled with a lower bonnet, all opening up interior visibility. Widening the dash with fewer cut lines seems to reduce windshield glare and visual distractions.

Rear passengers benefit from a more comfortable cabin thanks to wider seats and a new rear tray for storing small items; all seats improve with better stabilization features designed to make those longer rides less uncomfortable by reducing fatigue.

2023 Honda HR-V EX
2023 HR-V EX-L. Photo: Honda
2023 Honda HR-V Sport
2023 HR-V Sport. Photo: Honda

Adding more storage space to an already small SUV will always earn customers bonus points. The new HR-V’s cargo space behind the rear seat is expanded to 24.4 cu. ft. on all 2023 HR-V trims; while increasing the lift height for larger items, measuring just over 27 inches.

The space is also more durable, hiding those scratches and dents with a new wavy pattern, which essentially hides things better, and the 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold flat, which is a nice touch and practice.

The digital instrument display is an HR-V first (standard on LX and Sport models), and the new, larger touchscreen (standard and optional versions), boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. The HR-V EX-L gains the largest 9-inch color touchscreen where Apple CarPlay and Android Auto go wireless.

Front and center of the driver is a new 7-inch multi-information display as well as a fully digital speedometer and tachometer.

2023 Honda HR-V Exterior Styling Changes

Compared to the outgoing 2022 subcompact crossover, the redesigned 2023 HR-V is certainly sleeker with a low horizontal beltline and an elongated hood. Coupled with a 9.4-inch increase in length, Honda has widened the LED headlights and taillights, about 2.6 inches longer.

2023 Honda HR-V Sport
2023 HR-V Sport. Photo: Honda

Probably the most noticeable design change is that narrower, honeycomb-style front grille flanked by air curtain inlets. It works with the lower, slimmer 2023 design, but the outgoing grill wasn’t horrible either. Again, the new look looks like a Ford Escape rip-off.

The LX trim finds a matte finish on its grille; The HR-V Sport tries to step it up with a horizontally themed grille, gloss black rear spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher.

17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels come standard, with 18-inch gloss black 5-split-spoke wheels fitted to the HR-V Sport. The HR-V 2023 is available in seven colors, including some new ones: Nordic Forest Pearl and Urban Gray Pearl.

Price of the 2023 Honda HR-V in the United States and Canada

The next-generation 2023 HR-V starts at $24,895 in the US, for the entry-level LX with FWD. In Canada, the same LX FWD starts at $30.60. Both prices include the respective destination charges.

Here is an overview of all HR-V versions and prices for each market.

Pricing in the United States

Toppings MSRP ($1,245 fee included)
LX (TA) $24,895
LX (AWD) $26,395
Sports (TA) $26,895
Sports (AWD) $28,395
EX-L (TA) $28,695
EX-L (AWD) $30,195

Canada Pricing

Trim MSRP ($1,950 fee included)
LX (TA) $30,680
LX (AWD) $32,890
Sports (AWD) $35,880
Navi EX-L (AWD) $39,080

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