Honda HR-V FWD Manual, the smallest crossover from Honda is one up on Fit

2015-06-04 12:11:47
Honda HR-V FWD Manual, the smallest crossover from Honda is one up on Fit
Honda HR-V FWD Manual, the smallest crossover from Honda is one up on Fit

In the annals of subcompact cars, the Honda Fit proves to be a contrast to stereotypes. This lively hatchback establishes that being small does not mean cramped, and low cost does not mean cheap product. Apart from this it has proved that it a fun drive. In the 2016 Honda HR-V, you get all these from a higher perching.


The front-wheel-drive version of the HR-V is more than what the Fit offers of course with a little lift. The engine for the HR-V is borrowed from the Honda Civic, and the optional AWD is lifted from the bigger sized CR-V. Inside and out a unique shroud has been offered to it. From where it has been derived, the HR-V proves to go one up on it in terms of refinement and upscale treatment.

 This HR-V model is a rare spice in a segment which growing in popularity as subcompact crossover as it is fitted with a manual gearbox. You would expect the HR-Vs to come fitted with CVT transmission rather than a six- speed manual gearbox, such as the example we drove. It is always a pleasure to get involved in the process of driving a car equipped with a manual, but the front wheel drive unit failed in our expectation as a triumphant Honda example. 

A firm, quick action that you have witnessed in the Hondas is missing with this vehicle and what you get is the loose throws and inaccurate gear latching. The vehicle is also hampered by the factory restriction on satellite radio, leather seats, navigation and all-wheel-drive that you find in the HR-V equipped with CVT. However, the EX mid-level trim comes with the manual is offered with goodies such as a backup camera, LaneWatch, automatic climate control, sunroof and passive entry.

The most glaring similarity you find between the HR-V and the Fit is the intelligent and flexible back seats that fold to give way for taller or longer cargo loading. When you look at the front of the cabin it looks totally alienated from the Fit with its series of climate vents just in front of the occupant, a wave of center console, couple of TS panels acting as climate controls and audio head.

The 1.8 Liter four-cylinder of the HR-V is port injected, and it makes 11 horses more than what the compact Fit has an offer with its direct injection fuel system. The increased weight of 332 is not compensated by that as the front-wheel-drive HR-V trudges to an 8.4-second 0-60mph mark. This is slower by 0.7 seconds over the manual gear operated Fit. If you press the pedal down after the start, it becomes alive and scoots around enough to keep the driving from dozing. It becomes obvious as you push the engine harder, the throttle stands hanging, which engineers the rising of revs when you engage the clutch after lifting your foot off the pedal.

The base model costs $19,995 during the mid-level trim we drove cost $22,045. The HR-V generates a top speed of 123mph, drag limited, and the fuel economy rating according to EPA is 25/34mpg. We averaged 29mpg in mixed driving.

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Honda CR-Z
Honda Civic
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Honda Element
Honda Pilot
Honda Passport
Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda Insight
Honda Accord
Honda Prelude
Honda Fit
Honda Fit EV
Honda Civic del Sol
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