Honda HR-V: The Answer to Your Quest for a Subcompact SUV
The Honda HR-V may be a relatively new model in Honda’s lineup, but it has already made a name for itself in the SUV market and has won numerous awards. The innovative Magic Seats in the second row make this among the most versatile vehicles in its class. In addition to folding down separately or together, you can flip the rear seats upward to fit taller objects in the back seat. Of course, the HR-V’s compact size also means that it gets excellent fuel efficiency and it is highly affordable. Depending on how you choose to configure it, you can enjoy luxurious options like navigation and leather seating for a very reasonable price. Across the lineup, the HR-V has Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch display, Magic Seats, multiple input options, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel to keep you comfortable. Drivers who are looking to experience versatility and style should consider the Honda HR-V.
What’s Different for the 2017 Honda HR-V
Since the Honda HR-V only just arrived in the United States for the 2016 model year, there are very minimal changes from 2016. If you look closely, however, you will notice that the color choices are slightly different with this year’s models. Both the 2016 and 2017 model years offer eight colors, but the 2016’s Alabaster Silver Metallic has been replaced with Lunar Silver Metallic for 2017. Considering that the 2017 HR-V is identical to the 2016 model, you can still enjoy the design that helped it win the title of 2016 Green SUV of the Year from Green Car Journal and excellent safety ratings from the NHTSA, but on a new, 2017 model. There are three trims you can select from, with LX as the base, providing a rearview mirror, alloy wheels, and Bluetooth as a standard feature. The EX brings keyless entry and ignition to the table as well as a sunroof and other features such as rear privacy glass, foglights, automatic climate control, and more. Both the EX and LX models come with the six-speed manual transmission as the standard, and an option for CVT. If you select the EX-L Navi you will enjoy leather upholstery throughout. You also get the CVT as standard with the highest trim. The Navi also gets you a navigation system and voice recognition as well as roof rails, satellite and HD radio and auto-dimming rearview mirror. There are so many ways to configure the HR-V, it’s hard not to find the perfect one.
The Short History of the Popular HR-V
Although the Honda HR-V has only been available in the United States for two model years, it actually has a longer history than this. This is the second generation of the SUV, which was sold in select Asian-Pacific markets and Japan from 1999 to 2006. This first generation of the HR-V was inspired by the Honda Logo found abroad. When designing the second-generation HR-V, Honda used the same platform as the Fit, their subcompact hatchback. They created the HR-V to offer a utility vehicle that works in an urban setting and features coupe-like sportiness. With the second generation, Honda began offering the HR-V in North America as well as Brazil, Australia, and certain Asian markets. This new HR-V was very similar to the Honda Vezel, which you will find in Japan. As you may imagine, Honda decided to create the HR-V to appeal to those who like the ride height and cargo space of an SUV, but the performance, efficiency, and maneuverability of a small vehicle.
The Experience at Mossy Honda Lemon Grove
If you’re in the market for a versatile SUV with excellent fuel economy the Honda HR-V should be on at the top of your list. Mossy Honda Lemon Grove has a great selection of used and new Honda HR-V models for you to test drive. Whether you prefer the entry-level version or a feature-filled model, the HR-V will certainly exceed your expectations and win your heart. Our expertly trained team is happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through the different trims. We can help you get financed, helping you streamline bringing your new vehicle home.
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