The 2014 LA Auto Show played host to several new small crossover reveals. The 2016 Honda HR-V join the game and has a successful future ahead of it. Why? Just take a look at what it starts, the packaging, and the utility.
The HR-V shares some of the components with the very successful new Honda Fit. The clever fuel tank placement allows for a cavernous and very useful interior. However, the HR-V is physically larger than the Fit and offers all-wheel-drive.
Since the HR-V is larger and a bit heavier than the Fit, it uses a slightly bigger engine. It’s a 1.8 liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The HR-V will come with a choice of two transmission: a 6-speed manual will be available of 2WD models, while the AWD will use a CVT.
Honda is going for a coupe-like design profile with a hidden rear-door handles. However, the sloping roofline does limit rear seat headroom, as I found out at the show. I am a little over 6’2” and my head hit the ceiling in the back.
The driver’s area is very spacious, comfortable, and with a very intuitive layout. It even has a premium feel that’s not common in crossovers of this class.
The 2016 Honda HR-V will go on sale in the Spring of 2015. Pricing and fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to launch.
Check out TFLcar’s insider ‘Almost Everything You Wanted to Know’ video on the 2016 Honda HR-V from the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.