Honda HR-V 2023: what this model based on the Civic with a bigger and bolder design looks like


The 2023 Honda HR-V made its official debut on Monday and is seen showing off a new attitude. The HR-V is the smallest crossover in the Japanese automaker鈥檚 lineup, and while it doesn鈥檛 get as much hype as some of Honda鈥檚 other models, it has an impressive fan base. In 2021, Honda sold 137,090 HR-Vs, more than the number of Odyssey minivans and Passport SUVs combined.

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The HR-V is based on the Civic

The 2022 HR-V built on the foundations of the Fit. Although the new Honda Fit will not be sold in the US, the new HR-V was expected to share some of its components with the foreign model, but Honda says it鈥檚 based on the Civic, which is not a bad thing at all. We also know that 2023 HR-V Coming to the US with Upgraded Engine and New Independent Rear Suspensionwhich should improve the fun factor behind the wheel.

Exterior design with relevant improvements

From the photos, it appears that the new grille design is a major improvement over the previous version. Now larger and more pronounced, the look echoes the octagonal honeycomb shapes of the 11th generation Civic, finished off with a longer, sculpted hood. Knowing that the larger CR-V is also based on the Civic (and Integra) and is currently Honda鈥檚 best-selling model, it鈥檚 a smart move.

2023 Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V 2023. / Photo: Courtesy Honda.

Youthful and athletic style

The fLED rings and taillights wide-set mirrors enhance the shape of the conservatory, and the door-mounted mirrors are new. Overall, the new HR-V is larger and features a longer wheelbase and wider stance.and it鈥檚 a nice upgrade from its first-gen design.

2023 Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V 2023. / Photo: Courtesy Honda.

Four versions available

The 2023 HR-V will be available in four trims (LX, Sport, EX and EX-L) and will be powered by a four cylinder engine of 1.8 liters that generates 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission and you can get it in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as an option. In Europe, the 2022 HR-V launched with a hybrid, so it wouldn鈥檛 be a surprise if this new US-market model gets a version of that soon.

2023 Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V 2023. / Photo: Courtesy Honda.

The new HR-V will launch this summer, but pricing is not yet available; the 2022 model starts at less than $25,000 and isn鈥檛 expected to go much higher.

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