The fairly minimalist new body lacks the sweeping creases, coupe-like hidden rear door handles, and joyful exuberance of the old HR-V, but its more grown-up and classy, with a front end clearly related to the stylish new Civic. It's more sober in profile, with a bigger and more horizontal glasshouse replacing the wedgy old one. While a certain measure of distinctiveness is gone, its more serious countenance makes it look like a product from a class above and should meet with the approval of most onlookers. All trims are fitted with LEDs for headlights and brake lights, and body-color door handles and side mirrors are standard. The Sport gets black 18-inch alloys, a sport grille, gloss-black mirror caps, and a chrome exhaust tip, but other than that, not much else was done to give it a sportier appearance; it has the same front and rear bumper treatment as the other trims. The LX and EX-L run on 17-inch wheels. The Sport and EX-L have rear privacy glass, but the EX-L is the only trim with a standard power moonroof.
The dimensions of the Honda HR-V have noticeably increased compared to the old model, and it's bigger all around. Length is up by more than nine inches to 179.8 inches, for example, but a lot of that has gone into the overhangs because the 104.5-inch wheelbase is only 1.7 inches longer. Its width is 72.4 inches without the mirrors and both the LX and EX-L have a height of 63.4 inches; the Sport is a smidge higher off the ground at 63.8 inches thanks to its bigger wheels, which also gives it a 7.3-inch ground clearance, compared to the other trims' seven inches.
Weight is up by more than 250 pounds on the base trim, which now weighs in at 3,159 pounds in FWD guise and 3,276 lbs with AWD - about what we expected, given the size increase. The FWD/AWD weights for the Sport are 3,197 lbs/3,311 lbs, and for the EX-L, 3,219 lbs/3,333 lbs, respectively.
|Honda HR-V Trims||LX||Sport||EX-L|
|Max Width||72.4 in.||72.4 in.||72.4 in.|
|Length||179.8 in.||179.8 in.||179.8 in.|
|Height||63.4 in.||63.8 in.||63.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||104.5 in.||104.5 in.||104.5 in.|
|Honda HR-V Trims||Curb Weight|
|LX||3,159 - 3,276 lbs.|
|Sport||3,197 - 3,311 lbs.|
|EX-L||3,219 - 3,333 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
In total, there are seven exterior colors on the Honda HR-V's palette. The base LX has access to five of them, of which three are no-cost colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Modern Steel Metallic. Nordic Forest Pearl and Platinum White Pearl cost $455 extra. The Sport loses Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic but gains the no-cost Milano Red and the $455 Urban Gray Pearl. The EL-X has access to all the colors except for Urban Gray Pearl.
You could jazz up the exterior a bit by opting for bronze-finish alloys on the LX and EX-L, but the Sport can only be had with black rims.
Three of the Honda HR-V's seven available colors are extra-cost hues. They are Nordic Forest Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, and Urban Grey Pearl, and they all cost $455.
The EX-L is the only HR-V that comes as standard with a sunroof. It is not available on either of the other two trims.
The base LX and flagship EX-L both have 17-inch alloy wheels - silver-painted on the LX and two-tone silver/Gloss Shark Grey machined wheels on the EX-L. Other designs are optionally available, but they all measure 17 inches. The Sport has gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels.