Honda launches the 2018 HR-V with new paint color plus minor updates

Article by Christian A., on August 18, 2017

While Honda’s new 2018 HR-V will be rolling out at the dealerships with just a few updates, the company is certainly not giving up its spot as the best-selling vehicle in the segment. Honda knows it has a winner in the HR-V.

In a press release, Honda North America said the new HR-V will boast a more generous interior room comparable to those on the midsize SUVs. Its Magic Seat technology, which provides various interesting setups, can make room for up to 100 cubic feet. Still for the upcoming model year, the subcompact crossover will get a new set of wheels with black insets both for the EX and EX-L. In addition, Honda throws in the new Aegean Blue Metallic paint that will be offered with some of its trims for the new 2018 model.

The 2018 HR-V is powered by a 141-hp (105kW) and 127-lb-ft (172Nm) of torque 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to either CVT or six- speed manual. Its EPA- estimated fuel return is at 31 miles per gallon which means the HR-V is quite fuel efficient. Like before, a choice between all-wheel or front -wheel drive layout is available.

Besides the standard-specced HR-V, Honda is offering the subcompact crossover with special parts such as the Black Edition package. The Black Edition, which is available in the UK, will be featuring dark accents along the mirror casings, grille, running boards down to the new HR-V’s 18-inch wheels. Likewise, the Japanese automaker’s Motorsport division, Mugen, came up with its own sporty add-ons for the crossover’s side sills and fascia.

All trims are equipped with Honda’s standard driver and safety suites including Emergency Braking assist, Vehicle Stability assist, Hill Start assist plus the built in multiple view rear-end camera. The entry level HR-V LX comes with a sticker price of $19,570 while the fully equipped EX is quite affordable too and can be bought for only $26,340.

Undoubtedly, the HR-V represents quite an achievement for Honda as it is the strongest selling subcompact crossover in the United States. Rising high at 28.7 percent than last year, Honda was able to sell up to 56,407 units of the HR-V from January to July this current year. As for Honda’s entire crossover range, the HR-V is behind CRV and Pilot in the number of units sold within the same period. The Honda Pilot sold 64,230 units while the CR-V has sold 219,017 units.

Press Release

Versatile, Segment-Leading 2018 Honda HR-V Arriving at Dealerships

With its stylish coupe-like design and SUV functionality, the versatile and segment-leading1 2018 Honda HR-V begins arriving at Honda dealerships August 14 carrying a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP2) starting at $19,570. The HR-V became America's retail best-selling subcompact SUV1 in April 2017 and has posted seven consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. Up 27.9 percent for the first half of 2017, HR-V sales to individual retail buyers outpace all other subcompact SUVs.

For 2018, the Honda HR-V offers a vibrant new color, Aegean Blue Metallic, available on select trims. HR-V also features a refreshed wheel design with black-painted inserts – available on EX and higher trims – to enhance HR-V's sporty personality.

The 2018 Honda HR-V will continue to deliver one of the most versatile interiors in the segment thanks to Honda's 2nd-row Magic Seat® that offers four different modes for multiple seating and cargo-hauling configurations. With 100.1 cu.-ft. of passenger space and 58.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume (LX FWD) with the 2nd-row seats folded down, the HR-V has space to rival some competitors' midsize SUV offerings.

Not only is the 2018 Honda HR-V stylish and functional, it's also efficient, with EPA3 fuel economy ratings of 28/34/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped two-wheel drive models and 27/31/29 mpg for models with all-wheel drive, while 6-speed manual 2WD models received a 25/33/28 mpg rating.

The 2018 HR-V is also fun to drive, with lively yet secure handling and a standard 6-speed manual transmission (2WD models). HR-V is powered by a responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain, with peak output of 141 horsepower (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) 4,300 rpm. The HR-V is available with Honda's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ for outstanding all-weather handling and control. A continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is available on all models, and a 6-speed manual transmission is available on the LX and EX trims with 2WD.

The 2018 Honda HR-V offers standard safety and driver-assistive features including the anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and more.

The Honda HR-V has set new monthly sales records in every month of 2017, with its best month of all-time coming in July of this year5. The 2017 HR-V was named the 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for Families and the 2017 Best Car for the Money of the Best Subcompact SUV category by U.S. News & World Report along with additional prestigious accolades.

The 2018 HR-V was developed by Honda R&D Co. Ltd. in Japan, and is manufactured at two Honda auto plants located in Celaya and Guadalajara, Mexico. For additional media information including high-resolution photography of the 2018 Honda HR-V, please visit www.hondanews.com/channels/hr-v. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/hr-v.

2018 Honda HR-V Pricing and EPA Data

Trim

Drivetrain

MSRP

EPA MPG Ratings
(city/highway/combined)

LX

2WD w/ 6MT

$19,570

25/33/28

LX

2WD w/ CVT

$20,370

28/34/31

LX

AWD w/ CVT

$21,670

27/31/29

EX

2WD w/ 6MT

$21,620

25/33/28

EX

2WD w/ CVT

$22,420

28/34/31

EX

AWD w/ CVT

$23,720

27/31/29

EX-L w/ Navi

2WD w/ CVT

$25,040

28/34/31

EX-L w/ Navi

AWD w/ CVT

$26,340

27/31/29

Source: Honda

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