The new Honda HR-V is an attractive tiny SUV option to consider, but looks are deceiving. As more reviewers take to the streets, they seem to be disappointed by the option that is supposed to measure up to the Honda Fit. So, let’s see why the 2023 Honda HR-V is coming up short.
How much does the 2023 Honda CR-V cost?
Pricing for the 2023 Honda HR-V starts at around $23,800, which isn’t bad. The top-spec Honda HR-V brings the cost up to $27,900. There are three trim levels available, but only one engine option.
Rivals have a few more options and start at lower prices. For example, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 starts at around $22,950, and the loaded 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus model bumps the price up to $35,400. There are seven versions available and two engine options.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona starts at $21,990, while the top Limited trim takes it up to $28,800. There are four trim levels available, with two engine options.
Also, competitors may have more value. The Mazda CX-30 has standard all-wheel drive. But it’s still early. The 2023 HR-V could add more features and power soon.
How much power does the 2023 HR-V have?
The 2023 Honda HR-V has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in over 10 seconds. Vehicles in this class aren’t exactly known for their speed, but it’s surprisingly slower than its rivals.
With the Mazda CX-30, the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 186 hp and 186 pound-feet of torque. That’s more standard power than the HR-V offers. It can hit 60 mph in about 9.0 seconds.
If you upgrade to the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, then the CX-30 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 6.4 seconds.
But the HR-V is praised for its responsive handling and reliable brakes. The CX-30 is praised for excellent cornering, sure grip and athletic character.
Please note that the Honda HR-V does not have available towing capacity. Not recommended for towing. The Mazda CX-30 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is downright amazing.
The Honda HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and up to 32 mpg highway. The Mazda CX-30 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and up to 33 mpg highway.
What makes the 2023 HR-V stand out?
According to cars.com, the 2023 Honda HR-V lacks magic. It literally lost the Magic Seat feature. The outgoing model had a seat that could be raised to provide more space for taller items. But it gained more passenger space at the cost of cargo space.
The AWD system got a new Snow mode. It also has Normal and Eco modes. There’s no Sport mode to spice things up. However, the 2023 HR-V rides incredibly smooth for the class.
The interior is made with high-quality materials and has a well-planned layout. Everything you need is within easy reach, there’s plenty of visibility, and there are tons of cargo trays and storage cubbies.
While the HR-V is a well-rounded vehicle, it feels a bit underwhelming. You have some work to do if you want to catch up with the competitors.
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