Our Opinion - 2023 Honda Hr-V Review

Honda completely redesigned the HR-V for 2023 to compete with the many new small SUVs that look good and are easy to drive. Even though the last model was valuable and affordable, the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, and Mazda CX-30 were almost always better. The new HR-V looks nothing like the old one, which shouldn’t be a surprise. The new Honda HR-V is constructed on the same platform as the Civic and is propelled by a naturally aspirated inline-four engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters Honda’s compact automobile. The second-row Magic Seat from the old model is no longer available, which makes the HR-V one of the best small SUVs for moving cargo.

On the other hand, Honda says that the new generation has more space inside because it is bigger and longer. The independent rear suspension should make the ride and handle better than the torsion beam rear suspension. The driver-assistance and entertainment features in the new model are also better.

Honda completely redesigned their smallest crossover for the 2023 model year, which starts this summer.


  • A large and expensive interior design
  • Stable handling and riding
  • Touch screen that is easy to work with
  • Many similarities


  • Uneven acceleration

The HR-V is powered by a hybrid system based on the Insight and Accord in Europe. In the U.S., however, it has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 158 horsepower. If that sounds like something you’ve heard before, it’s because the engine in the base powertrain of the Civic is the same. Our acceleration tests took the HR-V 9.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. This is two-tenths slower than the 147-hp Hyundai Kona and almost a full second slower than the more powerful Mazda CX-30 without a turbo. The HR-2.0-liter V’s four-cylinder engine is slow and lacks power, but because it shares a platform with the Civic, a hybrid or a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 180 horsepower could be added in the future. All-wheel drive is currently available on all trim levels, but front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are still the standards. The old HR-V didn’t have the quiet agility we’ve come to expect from Honda cars. The new HR-V fixes this by using a chassis from the agile Civic.

The HR-V from Honda comes with several driver-assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. Among the essential safety features are the following:

  • Standards for emergency brakes that work on their own
  • There is also lane-keeping help and the usual lane-departure warning.
  • Conventional adaptive cruise control

The modern, cute, and classic cabin of the HR-more V was inspired by the design of the new Civic’s interior. The front seats are firm and comfortable, giving you much room to move around. Honda’s unique second-row Magic Seat was available on the model before this one. This seat lets the back bench flip and fold to make a shallow, flat floor. Even though the HR-V is small, it can carry the most weight in its class because of this feature. Honda says that the new model’s trunk is more significant, and the lift-over height has been lowered to make it easier to carry more oversized items, but the new HR-V doesn’t have these features.

Models with front-wheel drive get the best gas mileage, with estimates of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. When all-wheel drive is used, the numbers drop by 25 cities and 30 highway mpg. The HR-V got two more miles per gallon than the EPA predicted on our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route. We could also go 440 miles on the highway with just one gas tank.

All models have a touchscreen infotainment system with either a 7.0-inch or 9.0-inch display that works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The larger display allows wireless connectivity for these services, but it’s only available on the top EX-L trim level. The EX-L also comes with a wireless charging station for smartphones. Also, we expect to see options for things like a Wi-Fi hotspot, in-dash navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

The mid-level EX trim has been taken out of the 2023 HR-V, and prices are slightly higher than they were for the previous generation. The Sport is the only trim level with 18-inch wheels, and it makes the most sense out of the other three. We also like the Sport’s more aggressive look on the outside.

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