The 2018 year model of the Honda HR-V crossover has started hitting the dealerships in the global market. The 2018 Honda HR-V has come with very mild updates in order to offer a fresher appeal and keep its leading position intact. The only updates that the highly successful crossover gets includes the addition of the new Aegean Blue Metallic exterior body paint and newly styled aluminum wheels along with black inserts for the EX and EX-L trims for an added dash of sportiness.
The Honda HR-V LX is equipped with two wheel drive system and a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox and has a starting tag of $19,570, which means the new model has become $105 dearer than the 2017 model. The All 4 wheel drive models of the HR-V come equipped exclusively with a continuously variable transmission gearbox and come with a starting price of $21,670, which means an extra $940.
The Honda HR-V crossover comes packed with a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder motor with a 141 hp of max power and 127 pound-feet of peak torque. When equipped with manual transmission it offers fuel efficiency of 25mpg in the city and 33mpg on highways. When paired with a two wheel drive and CVT system it returns 28mpg in city and 34mpg on highways. The AWD trims equipped with CVT offers 27mpg in city and 31mpg on highway.
The Japanese auto major has made the HR-V different from its market competitors such as the Jeep Renegade with a stylish curvy hatchback profile. The cabin is nicer which is neat and simple.
When the performance of the HR-V is concerned, it is best described by its smooth ride quality. The 4 pot mill offers good acceleration on city roads when it is occupied by only the driver, but with anything else it gets slowed down although there are paddle shift controls which offer pre-selected gears. The crossover offers good handling a very smooth and impressive ride. It also offers an excellent combined fuel efficiency of up to 31mpg.
The Honda HR-V wins over the consumers with its very flexible and impressive magic flip-folding rear seat which kicks up the bottom cushion. The rear seat showcases Honda’s good engineering on the inside of its vehicles. The magic fold seat let the HR-V offer a tall load space just behind the vehicle’s front passengers. The magic rear seats can be folded the other way as well to offer a massive cargo space of up to 58.8 cubic feet.
The 2018 HR-V crossover comes with a rearview camera as standard, but the vehicle does not come braced with an automatic emergency braking system. Thus, for its asking price the HR-V comes packed with all standard power features and Bluetooth as well as USB connectivity. The higher models of the crossover come braced with navigation system, a large touchscreen, leather upholstery and a side view camera.
The 2018 Honda HR-V has started reaching the dealerships from 14th of August. The Honda HR-V has been a huge success for the Japanese automaker and the top selling subcompact crossover in the US market, and the new model is hoped to keep the model’s popularity intact.