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2015 Honda HR-V: Paris Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2014

What Is It?

The 2015 Honda HR-V is a compact crossover slated to fit below the CR-V in Honda's lineup. Originally offered in foreign markets from 1998 to 2006, the newly redesigned HR-V will come to the U.S. -- though Honda hasn't announced exactly what to expect from its new crossover when it reaches American shores.

Officially dubbed a prototype, the HR-V shown in Paris likely previews what the new model will look like when it reaches European dealers next summer. If you think of the HR-V as a cross between a Fit and a CR-V, you wouldn't be far off: It shares a profile with the CR-V, including the CR-V's unusual window line, while it borrows sizing and front-end styling from the Fit.

Honda has not yet shown off the HR-V's interior, though we expect it to roughly mimic the same functional, durable cabins in the Fit and CR-V. The automaker has announced, however, that the HR-V will feature the Fit's unique Magic Seat feature, which provides impressive flexibility and practicality.

Under the hood, the HR-V will offer two powerplants: a 1.6-liter diesel and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Only the gas-powered motor will come to the States, where it will likely be mated to a 6-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission. While Honda hasn't confirmed power figures for that engine, it makes 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque in the Fit.

How Much?

Although Honda hasn't confirmed pricing, the HR-V will have to slot below the CR-V's base price of around $24,000 with shipping but above the Fit's $16,500 base figure.

When Can You Get It?

Though the HR-V goes on sale this summer in Europe, its U.S. arrival has not yet been confirmed. Expect it late next year or early in 2016.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

If you like the Honda Fit but you want something with a little more ground clearance and interior space, the 2015 Honda HR-V is the right car for you. As the latest entrant in the growing subcompact-SUV segment, the HR-V will combine excellent fuel economy, a versatile interior and reasonable pricing with SUV benefits such as light off-road ability and a high seating position. No, it won't be a Jeep Wrangler when you're off the pavement, but for city-dwelling drivers, the HR-V offers a capable alternative to compact cars.

Other Cars to Consider

Chevrolet Trax -- The tiny Chevrolet Trax is coming to the United States. Based on the small Chevrolet Sonic, the Trax will debut next year with a 138-hp 4-cylinder engine and a reasonable starting price of around $21,000 with shipping.

Jeep Renegade -- Although it's not out just yet, the upcoming Jeep Renegade will serve as a chief competitor to the HR-V. Featuring traditional Jeep styling and reasonable pricing expected to start around $20,000 with shipping, the Renegade will likely give the HR-V a run for its money.

Kia Soul -- Although it doesn't offer all-wheel drive like the HR-V undoubtedly will, the Soul boasts the same high seating position and impressive cargo capacity. We also love its bold styling and efficient 4-cylinder engines.

Used Buick Encore -- Perhaps the original subcompact SUV is Buick's tiny Encore, which came out for the 2013 model year. While base prices of around $25,000 are pricier than the HR-V's starting figure, the Encore's added luxury makes a used model very much worth considering.

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