The Honda HR-V is a subcompact, front-engine, four passenger, front- or all-wheel drive crossover SUV, manufactured and marketed by Honda over two generations.
The first generation HR-V was based on the Honda Logo. It was marketed from 1999 to 2006 in Europe, Japan and select Asia-Pacific markets – and featured three doors (1999-2003) or five doors (1999-2006). The two configurations were internally designated GH2 and GH4 respectively.
After a hiatus between 2006 and 2013, Honda reintroduced the nameplate for the second generation HR-V, based on the third-generation Honda Fit. Production began in late 2013 for the Japanese domestic market (as the Vezel) and in 2015 in North America, Australia, Brazil and select Asian markets as the HR-V.
At its introduction, Honda said the nameplate HR-V stood for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle.
The HR-V debuted as the J-WJconcept, one of the four concepts in Honda's J-Mover Series unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show and the 1998 Geneva Motor Show. With minimal changes from the concept, the HR-V was marketed exclusively in Japan via Honda's Verno dealership network, aimed at a young demographic. The HR-V was subsequently marketed in Europe with either a Honda D16W1 type 1.6-liter SOHC or a four-wheel drive SOHC VTEC Honda D16W5 type engine. A continuously variable transmission was optional.
The HR-V shared its platform with the Honda Logo, and was manufactured in Suzuka, Japan. The all-wheel drive configuration was initially available in a three-door body in February 1999 and was internally designated the GH2. In September 1999, Honda introduced a front-wheel drive, three door variant. Five door models were designated GH4 and were introduced in March 2000. At this time, Honda offered a 123 bhp VTEC engine option for both the three and five-door four-wheel drive models. Neither a five-door front-wheel drive, or a front-wheel drive model with the VTEC engine were marketed.
The five-door was 110 mm longer overall, with a 100 mm longer wheelbase (2460 mm). Suspension on all models was via MacPherson strut front suspension and a five-link De Dion-type rear suspension.
In advance of European pedestrian protection legislation, the HR-V was designed to minimize pedestrian injuries in the event of an impact. Equipment featured ABS brakes with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags, as well as folding power mirrors, power windows, folding rear seats, power steering, heat absorbing glazing, air conditioning, front fog lights and a rear spoiler with an LED center high-mounted brake light. A 285 litre cargo area was equipped with cargo hooks, a subdivided underfloor compartment, and 50:50 split-fold rear seats. Options included body colour roof rails and a large rear roof spoiler.
The Real Time 4WD system, shared with the CR-V, uses a dual hydraulic pump rear differential where the 4WD system is hydraulically activated when the front wheels lose traction. The HR-V was noted for its low nitrous oxide emissions.
The HR-V received an exterior and interior facelift for model year 2002.
77 kW (103 bhp; 105 PS) at 6,200 rpm
138 N⋅m (102 lb⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm
92 kW (123 bhp; 125 PS) at 6,700 rpm
142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) at 4,900 rpm
Pre-facelift Honda HR-V 3-door
Facelifted Honda HR-V 5-door
Facelifted Honda HR-V 5-door
Second generation (RU; 2015)
For the Japanese domestic model of the HR-V, see Honda Vezel. For the Chinese domestic model of the HR-V, see Honda XR-V.
Honda HR-V 1.5 E Special Edition (RU1; facelift, Indonesia)
2019 Honda HR-V EX 1.5 (RU1; facelift, UK)
The HR-V's body utilizes 27% ultra-high-strength steel grades, of either of 780, 980 or 1,500 MPayield strength.
The second-generation Honda HR-V debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show as a concept car, with the production model unveiled later at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The HR-V was introduced in the United States in 2015 as a 2016 model. It shares the same platform as the third-generation Fit and is largely identical to the Vezel, which went on sale in Japan in December 2013. HR-V will be smaller than both CR-V and Pilot, again (after the demise of Element) giving Honda a model range with three crossover SUVs.
The US-market HR-V is manufactured at Honda's Celaya, Mexico assembly plant alongside Fit and went on sale in May 2015 as a 2016 model. It is powered by a 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC I4 engine mated either to a CVT transmission similar to the Civic or a 6-speed manual transmission (FWD only). Fuel economy for front-wheel drive (FWD) automatic models is rated at 28/35/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) or 27/32/29 mpg for all-wheel drive (AWD) models.
For the 2019 model year, Honda announced the mid-cycle refresh for the HR-V. It features a revised chrome bar grille and LED headlights both being similar to Honda Civic, revised taillights and updated bumper design as with the other current Honda products. There are now two headlight options as well; full LED headlights for the touring trim, or LED accented headlights for the other trims. On the interior Honda has announced that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will now be available. The head unit is now updated and features a volume knob replacing the volume slider. Honda Sensing will be standard on EX trims and higher. Although the manual transmission is no longer available, Honda did refine the CVT transmission as well as the optional AWD system. Two new trim levels for the HR-V: Sport and Touring will be added with trims ranging from LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring will be available.
In Thailand, the HR-V went on sale on 17 November 2014. It is powered by 1.8-litre engine with four trim levels namely S, E, E Limited and EL.
In Indonesia, the HR-V was revealed as a prototype model at the 22nd Indonesia International Motor Show on 18 September 2014 and went on sale on 24 January 2015. It is offered with 1.5-litre and 1.8-litre engine options. The 1.5-litre option were available in the base model A with manual transmission, slightly more equipped S with either manual or CVT, and the CVT only E trim. The only trim available for 1.8-litre variant is the Prestige which is equipped with LED projector headlights with daytime running lights, two-tone alloy wheels, full leather interior and panoramic roof. Mugen body kits were optional for the 1.5 E and 1.8 Prestige variants.
The facelifted HR-V was launched at the 26th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in 2 August 2018. The 1.5 S and 1.5 E trims received projector headlights, while the 1.5 E Special Edition and 1.8 Prestige received full LED headlights and LED fog lights. The 1.5 A trim was dropped.
The HR-V was introduced in Taiwan in October 2016 and is only available with the 1.8-litre engine. It comes in three different trims, the VTi, VTi-S and S. All models feature a CVT transmission, with the VTi featuring seven gear ratios (including L), whereas the VTi-S and S have five gear ratios. For the 2019 refresh, the VTi model was discontinued. The price of the VTi-S model starts at NT$777,000 with the S starting at NT$840,000. The refresh also brought the CVT gearbox to the VTi-S model, as well as several other minor tweaks, like 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16-inch). The S trim was updated with full LED lights, an updated entertainment system with improved reversing camera and a few other minor tweaks.
The HR-V was launched in Malaysia in February 2015 with three trim levels: S, E and V. All variants were updated in May 2016 where the previously offered 16 inch alloy wheels were swapped for 17 inch. A limited 'Mugen' edition based on the V trim was launched in February 2018 and was limited to 1,020 units. Bookings open for the facelift version in July 2018 and in November 2018, a facelift HR-V was showcased during the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. In January 2019, the facelifted HR-V was launched with four trims: 1.8 E, 1.8 V, 1.8 RS and Sport Hybrid i-DCD. Malaysia became the only country outside of Japan to officially market the Vezel/HR-V hybrid. It was reported that 3,000 facelifted HR-V units was delivered with a total of 8,500 bookings.
The Brazil-market HR-V, assembled locally at Honda's plant in the state of São Paulo and imported from Argentina, went on sale in first-quarter 2015 as a 2016 model, competing with the new Jeep Renegade, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. For the first nine months of 2015, Honda's production in Brazil was reported to increase by 20 percent as a result of the launch of HR-V compared with a 20% drop for the industry.
88 kW (118 bhp; 120 PS) at 6,600 rpm
145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm
97 kW (130 bhp; 132 PS) at 6,600 rpm
155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 4,600 rpm
104 kW (139 bhp; 141 PS) at 6,500 rpm
174 N⋅m (128 lb⋅ft) at 4,300 rpm
- ASEAN NCAP - (applies to models equipped with only driver seat belt reminder), (applies to models equipped with two seat belt reminders)
The Third-generation Honda HR-V will be unveiled in the first half of 2021. The new HR-V will sit on a new platform and will grow signigicantly in length, whic would allow Honda to introduce a smaller SUV down the range. Sales will commence shortly in May 2021.
^"Honda HRV 4x4 Review and Specs". Gumtree. The HRV was a revolutionary vehicle for safety features and included such devices as ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution (EDF), and dual front SRS airbags. The engine was also one of the most advanced clean engines of the time with low nitrous oxide emissions.