The ongoing HR-V has been revealed back in 2013 as the Vezel and released on the US market back in 2015. The car comes with plenty of cool features and fuel efficient engines but it isn’t exactly as good to drive as some of its rivals. In order to change that a revision is expected to be released with the 2018 Honda HR-V. At first the rumors suggested the 2018 model of the car was going to be an all new model. However, this became clear that it wasn’t true, especially since the HR-V is so new. The facelift is likely going to address its driving characteristics, engine options and possibly the interior features. The end result should be a better car to drive that will offer more in terms of value for money. The current model is not really that far off so it shouldn’t be all that hard to achieve.
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Convenient and comfortable
Safe and modern design
Great for city driving
Only one engine is available
High price compared to the competition
Not impressed by highway
2018 Honda HR-V Review
Most rumors suggest the 2018 version of the HR-V is going to receive a more comprehensive set of features. In fact it seems that the car could come, as standard, with things such as a frontal collision warning and avoidance system, a rear cross-traffic alert, emergency city-braking and blind-spot monitoring. An active lane-keep assist system is also more than likely going to be offered but only as an optional extra. With all the added safety features, the price of the car is expected to increase by only a small margin.
It combines a large front grille with swept back headlights, an aggressive bumper and a bulky-looking body for the true crossover look
There is no doubt about the fact the current 2018 Honda HR-V looks at least as good as its rivals. It combines a large front grille with swept back headlights, an aggressive bumper and a bulky-looking body for the true crossover look. However, more recently its rivals started to get even better, so it is safe to assume the 2018 version of the car won’t remain unchanged. If the rumors are anything to go by then the car is likely going to receive an entirely new front end. This would give it a sportier appearance, likely with the help of a new grille, slimmer headlights and possibly vertical fog-lamps. In the back the car could easily get a roof-mounted spoiler, new tail lights and possibly a dual-exhaust on the higher end versions. New wheels are a given at this point while new color options should be added across the board.
The ongoing model boasts a really logically laid out cabin with all the controls at the driver’s fingertips. Because of that it seems the 2018 Honda HR-V won’t change as much as first stated. In fact it seems the car will carry on with the same dashboard and layout as before. There will be some changes though. A fully digital instrument cluster, similar to that in the Civic, could be used on the higher end models. On top of that the car’s infotainment system will be replaced by Honda’s new unit. This will feature a volume control knob as well as a few other physical shortcuts in order to make it easier to use while driving.
The US model of the car is only available with a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated engine good for 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque
Engine and Specs
The US model of the car is only available with a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated engine good for 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Other markets get a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated engine or even a 1.5 liter hybrid. While the two 1.5 liter engines are expected to be carried over, the US market 1.8 liter inline 4 could be discontinued. In its place Honda could decide to install 2 all new engines.
The base model could receive their new 1.0 liter turbo-three which is good for 127 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque in the European Civic. This engine would easily be better to drive than the larger naturally aspirated mill while offering better fuel efficiency. A 1.5 liter turbo-four with closer to 160 to 180 horsepower is also a real possibility. Both engines are likely going to be available with a 6 speed manual while the larger mill should also be offered with a CVT gearbox.
|Note: 2017 Honda HR-V LX AWD CVT|
|Engine type||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Power/torque||141 hp and 127 lb-ft|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable w/Sport Mode|
|Competitors: Jeep Renegade, Nissan Qashqai|
Release and Price 2018 Honda HR-V
The end result should be a $21,000 crossover that will offer a better safety rating than most other cars in its class. So far it seems the car will be released in the early 2018 but things could change as we get closer to the release date.
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Review By: Sinisa Vujinovic