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.