Can the humble crossover respond quickly enough in an emergency situation?
The infamous moose test has caught many a car off guard, and we've seen numerous times how established sports cars fail at navigating this test of basic handling prowess, while other vehicles, designed for comfort handle it without breaking a sweat. While the third-generation Honda HR-V isn't exactly a Mazda MX-5 when it comes to taking on corners, as a modern SUV with tons of driver assistance tech on board you'd think that it can handle whipping through a few orange cones at mild speeds? As it turns out, the HR-V is a rather responsive little SUV.
In the YouTube video posted by km77.com, we get to see the latest Honda HR-V getting whipped around the cones in order to test its ability to avoid sudden road obstacles (moose, cyclists, vapers etc.). The test starts with the driver attempting a clean pass at 77 km/h, or 48 mph. Unfortunately, the Honda clips one of the cones on the second turn-in, but as the Spanish commentator notes, the HR-V looks impressively composed throughout the entire test, and notes how effective the car is at maintaining its composure even when showing significant body movement after a sudden weight transfer. The Michelin Primacy 4 tires, sized 225/50 R18 at all four corners, also seem to hold up well to the abuse.
As the speed increases, the Honda HR-V shows a natural tendency to understeer, and even lifts up its rear wheel when turning in sharply. The driver eventually manages to secure a clean run at 46 mph, which is the same speed at which the Mazda MX-30 completed its moose test on the same channel back in 2020. According to the test driver, entering the test at a higher rate of speed activates the traction and stability systems, making it technically easier to complete the test. It's no Olympic figure skater, but the HR-V will keep you safe when an obstacle suddenly gets in your way.