2016 Honda HR-V Crossover Utility

As SUVs grow ever so popular, manufacturers are sparing no expense at making the ultimate sports utility vehicle for the fun-loving family.

Contrary to popular belief, SUVs are not just a family oriented vehicle anymore. With the roomy interiors, spacious seating, excellent field of views and an all-round comfortable drive, SUV’s are targeting more and more consumers.

Now the auto industry has also come up with subgenres of the SUV, from the traditional Large-size SUV to Mid-size SUVs, now we also have  CUVs, better known as Cross-Over Utility Vehicle; a ‘hybrid’ version between an SUV and a Four Door Sedan.

Thus enters Honda’s all new 2016 HRV!

Honda is showing a much tougher hustle than most manufacturers, entering the game early and securing its interests in the market. The Nissan Juke, Mini countryman and Buick Encore can be considered as the pioneers, but the field size has more than doubled with new player like the Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X as well as the Mazda CX3.

Where the CRV is based on the Civic, the HR-V shares its platform with the Honda FIT but with a whole magnitude of a more solid and substantial feeling that the tiny box. The Cabin is wider, the windshield isn’t miles away and the interior design and materials are proof that Honda is not cheapening its frontier.

In most markets, the HR-V uses the Fit’s 130hp- 1.5litre 4 cyl engine but for the North American markets, Honda equips this runner with the Civic’s 1.8litre 140hp 4 cylinder.

Honda offers a six-speed manual in front-wheel-drive LX and EX models, and it provides the sensation of livelier acceleration. We like that the stick is easy to shift, but the clutch travel seems long and the throws a bit ropey. Unfortunately, the manual is at a real disadvantage in fuel economy. According to the EPA, the automatic returns 28/35 mpg with front-wheel drive, beating the manual by 3 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway; the CVT-only AWD model nets ratings of 27/32 mpg. All of those figures are at or near the top of the class.

On our straight, flat, and traffic-choked drive route through Ontario, the HR-V didn’t display much verve for cornering—although it didn’t have much opportunity to do so beyond an aggressively taken on-ramp or two while exiting and getting on to the Highway. The HR-V’s electric power-steering system, though, does offer reasonable effort, and the suspension capably soaks up road irregularities.

Here are some Technical Specifications:

Engine 1.8-litre, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder
Transmission Continously Variable Transmission (CVT), Optional 6 Speed Manual Transmission
Drivetrain Frontwheel Drive and optional Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System
Fuel Economy 7.6L/100km average with FWD CVT, 8.1L/100km Average with AWD CVT, 8.3L/100km average with 6MT
Available Trims LX, EX, EXL-Navi
Wheels 17 Inch Aluminium Alloy Wheels
Suspension McPherson Strut Front Suspension, Torsion Beam Rear Suspension
Steering Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion EPS
Brakes Power Assisted Ventilate front discs, Solid rear Disc Brakes
Drive System Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI), Drive-by-wire throttle, iVTEC

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