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2016 Honda HR-V: LA Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro November 2014

What Is It?

The 2016 Honda HR-V is a new compact crossover designed to slot below the CR-V in the brand's lineup. Based on the subcompact Fit hatchback, the HR-V looks to combine small, city-friendly dimensions and excellent fuel economy with an SUV's commanding driving position.

On the outside, the HR-V takes a surprising departure from typical Honda design. A few key elements are present, like the brand's grille and headlights. But the dramatically sloping roofline, the large taillights and the oddly placed rear-door handle (located on the C-pillar, behind the rear side windows) are all unique features to the HR-V.

Inside, the HR-V is all Honda: the driver-focused center stack, the brand's characteristic 3-spoke steering wheel, the legible gauges and the wide array of plastic throughout. Features include an available 7-inch touchscreen, Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera and the Fit model's impressive Magic Seat storage system.

Under the skin, the HR-V offers front- or all-wheel drive, 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions along with a standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that has 138 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. That's a surprise for some industry observers, who assumed the HR-V would feature the Fit's 130-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder.

How Much?

Although Honda has not yet announced pricing, we expect the HR-V to start at or below $21,000 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Early 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

If you're looking for a new vehicle that offers a commanding driving position without surrendering any small-car benefits, the 2016 Honda HR-V might be right for you. It boasts extra ground clearance compared to a Fit and available all-wheel drive. Otherwise, it offers everything you might want from a subcompact car, including its small size (it's only 169.1 in long) and a small engine designed for excellent gas mileage.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Chevrolet Trax -- The all-new Chevrolet Trax has a starting price of around $22,000. Like the HR-V, it features a standard 4-cylinder engine and subcompact car underpinnings.

Nissan JUKE -- The Nissan JUKE offers similar dimensions to the HR-V, but its bold styling and turbocharged engines give the JUKE a sportier take on the subcompact crossover.

Used Honda CR-V -- If you like the HR-V's pricing, but not its size, you might want to consider a pre-owned version of Honda's established CR-V crossover. In addition to a reasonable $24,000 starting price, the CR-V offers a comfortable ride and a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine.

Used MINI Cooper Countryman -- Although it's sized like an HR-V, the Countryman's upscale equipment and materials place the MINI higher on the price scale. Consider a used model, which should offer similar pricing to the HR-V -- and a more engaging driving experience.

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