The Next Right Move

03.04.16 - 2016 Honda HR-V

Here is something we see at times in the automotive world that can be a life lesson for all of us. It’s always a good idea to be mindful of what is happening around you and find ways to make the next right move. That simply means making the decision that will align with the direction things are headed. This could be saving the money needed for a down payment on a home which allows you to take advantage of low interest rates or it might mean finding a way to help improve your company with new and better technology.

One of the best examples of this in the automotive industry comes from Honda when they chose to offer the HR-V as their subcompact crossover SUV. With the entire industry moving toward these “barely larger than wagon” vehicles this was the best next move even for a company that has one of the most popular SUVs on the market in its lineup in the CR-V. The HR-V makes an impressive vehicle for you to enjoy and comes in at the size you want if you desire an SUV that looks and drives more like a car than a box on wheels, which is what SUVs used to be.

The HR-V offers you a FWD setup with room for five to enjoy the ride. This vehicle is powered by a 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine to give you 138 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two transmissions that are offered with the HR-V, a six-speed manual which offers 25 city/34 hwy mpg and the CVT automatic which bumps the numbers up to 28 city/35 hwy mpg. You can have the HR-V with AWD and the fuel mileage only drops slightly with the CVT attached to the engine giving you 27 city/32 hwy mpg with the AWD.

Every aspect of the HR-V appears to be the same as the CR-V, just smaller. This makes perfect sense since the CR-V has been one of the most popular SUVs ever sold in the automotive world. This appearance and the performance you enjoy make the HR-V one of the best subcompact SUVs you can find on the market as it certainly beats out rivals such as the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and Chevrolet Trax. What might surprise you is the fact the HR-V is not based upon the CR-V platform at all.

What underpins the HR-V? This SUV is actually built off the same platform and uses the same engine as the Honda Fit, making it an impressive small SUV that could be described as an overgrown hatchback. No matter what you want to call it the HR-V will give you the performance you want to make it a vehicle that is great for driving and becomes the ride you use for every day driving. With the versatility and space you need and the size that makes it easy to park you can easily enjoy the drive of this excellent new subcompact SUV.

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