We spent time with the small but mighty Honda HR-V. It is brand new with a fresh look and a fresh interior. We still have more to learn about it, but the 2023 Honda HR-V seems to be full of surprises so far.
How does the 2023 Honda HR-V drive?
The 2023 Honda HR-V could be a bit more athletic. It’s pretty adequate overall, with a surprisingly smooth ride. We are surprised that it only has one engine option. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp and 138 pound-feet of torque.
According to edmunds, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 10.8 seconds, which is leisurely for the class. But it has responsive handling and plenty of grip for athletic vibes.
The brakes are a bit soft so it will take some getting used to. Also, we haven’t yet noticed any bodies turning around tight corners. However, the HR-V has a surprisingly noisy interior. Wind and road noise fill the cabin, and the engine has a loud, buzzing hiss.
The HR-V is available with four-wheel drive and even features a snow mode and downhill descent control, making it seem capable of light off-road adventures.
But when we took it up a gravel road, it struggled to get up some inclines without sliding. We wouldn’t put too much pressure on him.
Also, people keep mentioning the Honda Fit. We are sorry that it has been discontinued. It must have been a mistake because people loved it. The HR-V is now based on the Honda Civic instead of the Fit and no longer has the magic seat.
Is the HR-V comfortable?
It is comfortable enough. We’re testing the 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L trim, which is the top-spec model. It has leather upholstery and wide seats with plenty of adjustment controls. The seats are supportive and ergonomic, but the cushion could use more padding.
Climate controls are solid and practical. Also, it comes with heated seats. We’re not sure if a heated steering wheel is available, though. It has a power sunroof, but it’s surprisingly small.
There’s plenty of legroom up front, but taller folks may want more headroom. Also, the back seat looks huge. Apparently, passenger space comes at the cost of cargo space.
You can access up to 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 55.4 cubic feet in total. In fact, there’s a surprising amount of storage space thanks to a deep center console, cubbies, and trays.
Does the 2023 HR-V have good technology?
The technology in the 2023 Honda HR-V is a bit basic with modern touches. The base model has a 7-inch touchscreen and you can upgrade to a 9-inch unit. A wireless charging pad and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available with the Premium trim.
We’re surprised it doesn’t have a head-up display, but the digital gauge cluster features navigation directions, traffic sign recognition, and your ride specs are easy to access. You can view driving time and fuel consumption on the infotainment system.
So far the software works quickly and seems easy to use, but we have more testing to do. Stay tuned for our full review of the Honda HR-V after spending a week with it. More surprises could be in store.
RELATED: The Honda HR-V is worth more than the Toyota Corolla Cross