Redesigned for 2023, the Honda HR-V subcompact SUV has grown larger and cushier, and it gets added safety features. But it has lost some of what helped make the first generation stand out in a sea of similar competitors.
The redesigned HR-V rides on the same platform as the Civic, making it substantially larger than the old one. Curiously, the extra girth results in less rear-seat legroom, although front-row occupants see a slight increase. Room aside, the cabin is a more pleasant place to be, with nicer materials and finish. Gone is the rear Magic Seat, however, which could be folded different ways to accommodate bulky items and was a distinctive feature of the old HR-V.
Unfortunately, the HR-V’s lackluster driving dynamics and performance remain largely the same, making the new model no more exciting than the old one from behind the wheel. Fuel economy has also taken a hit. Under the hood is a new 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering a slight power increase but little excitement. Matched with a continuously variable automatic transmission, acceleration is sluggish and response is slow in coming.
Cars.com’s Jennifer Geiger recently spent some time with a 2023 Honda HR-V and found it to be a mixed bag of good and bad. Tap the link above for her complete expert review; for a quicker look, read on for four things we like and five things we don’t.