2016 honda hr-v Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Honda HR-V is a new addition to the lineup and slots under the CR-V in size.
The 2016 Honda HR-V is a small two-row crossover available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
A 1.8-liter I-4 with 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available in the 2016 HR-V and it can be paired to a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is excellent, with front-drive models rated at 28/35 mpg city/highway with the CVT and 25/34 mpg with the manual. HR-Vs equipped with all-wheel drive are rated at 27/32 mpg.
Since the 2016 HR-V is based on the subcompact Fit hatchback, it has a surprising amount of cargo space thanks to its reconfigurable second row Magic Seats. Front-drive models have the most cargo space at 24.3 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 58.8 cubic feet with them down. Opting for all-wheel-drive does reduce cargo space to 23.2 cubic feet with the second row up. LX models with all-wheel drive have a maximum cargo capacity of 57.6 cubic feet while the EX and EX-L Navi trim variants can hold up to 55.9 cubic feet of volume. Even with the slight reduction in cargo space due to the all-wheel drive system, the HR-V still holds more cargo than the Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke, and Chevrolet Trax, which are rated at 50.8 cubic feet, 35.9 cubic feet, and 48.4 cubic feet respectively.
Additional safety features include Honda’s LaneWatch system, which monitors the right side blind spot and uses a camera to show it on the infotainment touchscreen.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
In the base LX trim, standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, 60/40 split-folding Magic Seats, and Bluetooth. Stepping up to the EX model adds a seven-inch infotainment screen, Honda’s LaneWatch system, Pandora internet radio, power sunroof, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, paddle shifters for CVT-equipped HR-V’s, a second USB port, SMS text message functionality, and heated side mirrors. The range-topping EX-L Navi trim adds leather seating, navigation, roof rails, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
What We Think
For those looking for a practical and flexible utility vehicle, the 2016 HR-V is an excellent choice thanks to its Magic Seats and surprising cabin space for passengers and gear. In a First Drive review, we were impressed by the HR-V’s sharp interior, which utilizes plenty of soft-touch materials, and provides plenty of versatility thanks to the second-row Magic Seats. The crossover’s handling is also noteworthy because it’s agile and maneuverable, making it easy to get through tight spaces in urban areas. However, on the road, the cabin lets it too much noise and gets loud rather quickly.
The 2016 Honda HR-V has three configurations: long mode for surf boards and other long items, tall mode for objects up to four feet in height, and utility mode to maximize cargo capacity for Ikea runs.
- Surprisingly spacious and versatile cabin for a cute ute
- Nimble and agile without sacrificing ride comfort
- Excellent fuel economy
You Won’t Like:
- All-wheel drive reduces cargo space
- Navigation only available on the range-topping model
- Too much road noise
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