The Honda HR-V is a subcompactcrossover SUV produced by Honda spanning two generations. The first generation HR-V was based on the Honda Logo and sold in Europe, Japan and selective Asia-Pacific markets between 1999 and 2006. The second generation HR-V is based on the third-generation Honda Fit and went on sale in North America, Australia, Brazil, and selective Asian markets in 2015. The second generation HR-V is largely identical to the JDMVezel which went on sale in late 2013.
The abbreviation HR-V, according to Honda's HR-V history website, officially stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, while the other stands for Hip and Smart Runabout Vehicle. The HR-V was introduced to cater for the demand for vehicles with the benefits of SUVs (in particular its larger cousin CR-V), such as increased cargo room and higher visibility, along with the maneuverability, performance and fuel economy of a smaller car.
The HR-V was built on the supermini platform used by the Honda Logo, while the larger CR-V was built on the Civic platform. Known as one of the earliest low emissions vehicles (in terms of nitrogen oxides) and unique character.
Designed as the "Wild and Joyfull J-WJ" concept vehicle and exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, the HR-V emerged as a futuristic and lightweight cross-country vehicle in 1998, exclusive to Honda dealership network called Honda Verno in Japan. The Honda HR-V was soon put into production due to its popularity, compliance with Japanese Government dimension regulations, and marketed toward a younger demographic as the "Joy Machine" in 1999. The HR-V was shipped to Europe with either a Honda D16W1 type 1.6L SOHC or a four-wheel drive SOHC VTEC Honda D16W5 type engine. An automatic continuously variable transmission gearbox was also an engine option, however, the main criticism of the HR-V was the lack of a diesel engine option. The three door versions were discontinued in 2003 and five door versions in 2006.
The Real Time 4WD system comes from the CR-V and utilizes a dual hydraulic pump rear differential, where the 4WD system is hydraulically activated when the front wheels lose traction. The HR-V also uses enhanced drive shafts and suspension. Variations were produced for Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Rim and for its home market of Japan. The HR-V was revised in 2002 with some exterior styling changes and a new interior. Ahead of its time in terms of design for pedestrian safety, the HR-V seats four people and includes modern safety features such as ABS brakes with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags, as well as other features such as electric mirrors, electric windows, folding rear seats, power steering, heat absorbing windows, air conditioning, front fog lights and a rear spoiler housing an LED brake light array.
77 kW (105 PS) at 6,200 rpm
138 N⋅m (102 lb⋅ft) at 3,400 rpm
92 kW (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
Facelift Honda HR-V 5-door
Second generation (2015–present)
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.
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 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 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 headlamps 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. Lastly, Honda Sensing will now 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-market HR-V went on sale in November 2014. It is powered by 1.8-litre engine with four grades namely S, E, E LIMITED and EL. Sales of the HR-V was expanded to other Asian markets in 2015.
In Indonesia, the HR-V is offered with 1.5 and 1.8 litre engine. Initially the 1.5 litre cars were available in the base model A with manual transmission, slightly more equipped S with either manual or CVT, and the loaded and CVT only E model. The only model grade for 1.8 litre is Prestige which comes with full leather interior and panoramic roof. Later, the cheapest model A was dropped, leaving only the S, E, and Prestige. Mugen body kits are optional for the 1.5 E and 1.8 Prestige.
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, ranging in price from NT$749,000 to 849,000 (approx. USD 24,900 to 28,300). 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. Paddle shifters are available on all models if the driver wishes to adjust gears manually.  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 model 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 variants: S, E and V. All variants were updated in May 2016 where the previously offered 16" alloy wheels were swapped for 17". A limited 'Mugen' edition based of the V variant was launched in February 2018 and was limited to 1020 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 facelift version of the HR-V was launched with four variants: 1.8L E, 1.8L V, 1.8L 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 facelift Honda HR-V's was delivered with a total of 8,500 bookings.
The Brazil-market HR-V, assembled locally at Honda’s plant in the state of Sao 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.
- ASEAN NCAP - (applies to models equipped with only driver seat belt reminder), (applies to models equipped with two seat belt reminders)