2016 Honda HR-V Video

Honda's newest tiny crossover may be based on the automaker's Fit subcompact hatchback, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it wears none of the smaller car's styling and instead looks almost Acura-like outside.

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Inside, Mays wasn't impressed by the HR-V's touch-sensitive controls, but was surprised by the amount of room the subcompact SUV offers. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda HR-V Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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Subcompact SUVs are all the rage these days with new entries from Jeep, Chevrolet and Fiat; Honda won't be left out of the party with its new-for-2016 HR-V. Based on the subcompact Fit hatchback, it slots below the CR-V in size and shares its powertrain with the Civic. 

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Despite its tiny footprint, Honda says the HR-V will offer loads of passenger and cargo room inside thanks to the crossover's center-mounted fuel tank, which opens up room in the cabin, and the Magic Seat front passenger seat, which can fold completely flat for increased storage space.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Honda HR-V: Up Close

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If there's one thing Honda does well, it's making small, comfortable and efficient vehicles. The automaker's new small crossover, the 2016 HR-V, should do just fine.

As traditionally "small" SUVs and crossovers have gotten bigger and bigger, space underneath the Honda CR-V has opened up and Honda thinks it can fill it. Taking a page from Subaru's playbook in which it created a smaller, smarter entry under the Forester with the XV Crosstrek, Honda's "smaller can be better" strategy could fit buyers looking for a little bit of cargo room and efficient transportation.

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The HR-V uses the Civic's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine along with a continuously variable automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual transmission. The manual is not available on all-wheel-drive models.

The HR-V is based on the Fit but has more stylish front and rear styling, as well as a familial grille and shape. The rear of the vehicle is rather nondescript with a clamshell hatch offering access to a fairly deep rear deck and 60/40-split rear seats. The rear bumper acts as the only impediment for lifting heavy or bulky boxes into the rear cargo area.

By Mark Williams | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda HR-V: First Look

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Competes With: Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke

Looks Like: The CR-V's smaller, much sportier looking sibling

Drivetrain: 138-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmission; two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

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What's bigger than the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback but smaller than the Honda CR-V compact crossover? Sliding into the tiny space between the automaker's popular compacts is the new-for-2016 HR-V.

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Honda calls the HR-V a multidimensional vehicle and promises "fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility," it said in a statement. It debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

New Honda HR-V, 2016 Acura ILX to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Honda and its Acura luxury division plan to debut at least two vehicles at next month's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. One is Honda's latest — and smallest — SUV, the HR-V; the first exterior images of the tiny crossover appeared last April. As we expected, Honda says the Fit-based HR-V will slot below the popular CR-V, which means it should compete against a burgeoning segment of entry-level crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Chevrolet Trax. Honda also confirmed the HR-V would have a lower price than the CR-V, which starts at $24,150 including destination.

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Acura, meanwhile, announced today it would unveil a "substantially new" 2015 ILX with a "potent new powertrain," updated styling and "substantially upgraded" cabin design. The brand released a teaser image of the compact sedan, above. It makes sense, as Acura moves to expand the ILX's role as the entry-luxury car in its lineup; both the TSX and TL have been succeeded by the TLX. But through September, ILX sales have amounted to just 12,854 cars — a figure beat by the Buick Verano, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3/S3.

Stay tuned for full details and up-close impressions on both cars in our coverage of next month's auto show; press days are Nov. 18-20.

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By Kelsey Mays | October 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda Announces 2015 HR-V SUV

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Honda, an automaker known for its small-car portfolio, is introducing a compact SUV named the HR-V. Honda says the HR-V will feature a spacious and versatile interior helped by a center-mounted fuel tank for additional passenger room, like the Fit with which the HR-V shares its platform. Also like the Fit, the HR-V receives Honda's Magic Seat front passenger seat capable of folding completely flat for increased storage space.

The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V in both price and size, according to Honda, and will be the entry point to Honda's light truck lineup — the 2014 CR-V starts at $23,775 with destination. When it goes on sale this winter, it will compete with the Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.

Otherwise, we won't know much more about the HR-V until later this year.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2014 | Comments (10)

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