Honda updated the HR-V for the 2023 model year and gave it an extensive styling reboot. It’s now built on the larger Civic platform and that allowed Honda to add some new features and, apparently, a safer cabin as well. The all-new 2023 HR-V now earns a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Is the Honda HR-V safe?
The HR-V earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from Insurance Road Safety Instituteor IIHS. That little plus symbol means this SUV is in the top tier of all vehicles tested by IIHS. To earn the +, IIHS evaluates auto parts most of us wouldn’t think about until we needed them, like headlight covers and seat belts. Much of that comes from the new Civic platform.
The 2023 HR-V earned a “superior” rating for its standard front crash-avoidance system, which is part of the HondaSensing driver-assist software package, which is standard on the HR-V. Add pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and more. So far, NHTSA has not rated the new 2023 Honda HR-V.
While the CR-V is also all-new for 2023, it has yet to be evaluated by IIHS.
The Honda HR-V may be safe, but it’s not fast
We can talk a lot about the new styling and even how well the new HR-V handles. But we know he’s not going to win many races in a straight line. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes just 158 horsepower, and it’s mated to a continuously variable transmission, which not many people love for its hum.
The interior of the HR-V is a much nicer place than last year’s HR-V
The new HR-V, however, with a sporty new cabin that, in black plastic, features Honda’s new design language inside and more options. He is a bit more daring than others in the class. For the second-generation HR-V, Honda addressed most of the complaints buyers had with the previous one, especially its size. The new HR-V is 11 inches longer and slightly wider.
Its standard touchscreen measures 7.0 inches, but a 9.0-inch upgrade comes on more expensive trim levels.
How much does a 2023 Honda CR-V cost?
Pricing for the 2023 Honda HR-V starts at $23,650, which is a slight increase over the 2022 SUV. It comes in three trims, base LX, Sport, and EX-L. The base LX now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Honda Sensing technology. The Sport trim starts at $25,650 and adds heated seats, blind-spot monitoring, and 18-inch wheels. The EX-L starts at $27,450 and adds a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate, and a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen. A 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard, and all-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on all trims.
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