2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size, Specs to Come

2023 honda hr v grows in size specs to come

As if the 2023 Honda HR-V hasn’t been teased enough. The wraps are finally off, yet we still know little about the mechanicals.

Here’s what we do know from Honda’s press release today — the HR-V will be longer, with a wider stance, than the outgoing model. It will also be larger overall, and it remains based on the Honda Civic.

Honda does say the HR-V will get a “more responsive” engine and a new independent rear suspension. I’m guessing the “more responsive” wording might mean that the Civic’s available 1.5-liter turbo-four will be the mill of choice. I’d also guess the Civic’s CVT will be the sole transmission. I’d expect all-wheel drive to remain an option.

Back to aesthetics — the HR-V gets LED head- and tail lamps and a rear spoiler, and the beltline is pretty low.

It sounds like Honda is going to release info on the HR-V in dribs and drabs over the next few months. That’s the type of marketing approach that makes more sense for, say, a highly anticipated sports car like the Civic Type R, but what do I know? I’m but a lowly blogger.

Anyway, you can at least gaze upon the new HR-V in this here post while we await further details on specs.

My hot take is that from the side, the HR-V looks clean but anonymous and bland, while the low, gape-mouthed grille reminds of the S2000. It’s not ugly, exactly, but not breaking new ground in crossover-utility vehicle design.

[Images: Honda]

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  • Varezhka Varezhka on Apr 04, 2022

    Looks like a nice car. A little weird having two completely different HR-V at the same time. Would've made things cleaner if the Euro/Japanese version was standardized to the Japanese "Vezel" and this to "HR-V". Eitherway, I'm glad they didn't name this Civic Crosstour.

  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Apr 05, 2022

    Another blob CUV. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

  • 2ACL What tickles me is that the Bronco looks the business with virtually none of the black plastic cladding many less capable crossovers use.
  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.