2016 Honda HR-V EX-L
Experiencing huge increases both in sales and girth, Honda took advantage of the moment to bring up a new entry crossover. Dubbed HR-V, the entry-level SUV is based on the older CR-V and Pilot. What Honda delivered is however, a completely new product, with its own style and engine options.
Body trims and configurations
2016 Honda HR-V comes with 5 seats and three different trim levels: LX, EX and the currently reviewed EX-L Navi. Even from the starting trim, Honda pushed forward a rich set of options, including full power controls, 17 inch alloy wheels, height and length adjustable steering wheel, a 60/40 configurable split rear seat (called Magic Seat) and a 5-inch display on the center console. Multimedia features are also present, including Bluetooth connectivity and 4-speaker sound system.
The EX-L Navi trim boasts the best Honda had to offer for the 2016 HR-V. Along with what’s to be found on the LX trim, the EX-L also comes with rear privacy glass, fog lights, automated climate control and electrically heated front seats, a larger 7-inch touchscreen display replacing the 5-inch LCD, 6 speakers and two USB ports. The rearview mirror now comes with automatic dimming while HD radio is transmitted through the audio system. Specifically, the navigation system (hence the Navi nickname) is present on the top trim.
On the inside, gauges are large enough to be spotted at first glance, while also all the other controls are just in reach, without penetrating the visual field in an indecent manner. On-screen menus feel a little confusing, and it would’ve been preferred for Honda to keep a physical volume knob rather than a 3D rendering on the center screen.
Performance and powertrain
Just one 1.8-liter unit is available for the 2016 Honda HR-V. According to Honda, it produces 141hp and 127 pound-feet, available with front wheel drive (standard) or the optional all-wheel drive system. A 6-speed manual transmission is set by default on all front wheel drive trims but the buyer can opt for a CVT unit. Also, the CVT unit is the only choice when buying an AWD HR-V.
The AWD Honda HR-V accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, scoring beneath the segment average. EPA estimated fuel consumption is rated at 28 mpg combined when using the 6-speed manual or 31 mpg with the CVT.
Safety and road behavior
While the obvious gas savings of the 2016 Honda HR-V definitely bring a smile on the face of the driver, the 1.8 liter engine isn’t quite that strong; or at least not strong enough to pump power right after you floor it. It will however behave decent in highway and city-driving conditions. The overall road behavior gives out a sporty feeling, dealing nicely with even tight corners. It also features great visibility given its heightened driving position, all while keeping decent city dimensions. All these combined with above-class trunk space result in a small city cross-over that is worth a shot. Buyers can choose between the 2016 Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Fiat 500X.