The New 2023 Honda HR-V Misses the Mark in 1 Critical Way

The Honda HR-V is one of the most important new 2023 vehicles for Honda. It’s Honda’s new entry-level crossover SUV and it aims to capture a big part of the market. The new one is larger, in every dimension, and comes with new styling that updated it, too. But, it looks like there’s one flaw that could slow down this all-new crossover’s sales.

Why is the Honda HR-V not good?

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2023 Honda HR-V Sport | Honda

The new for 2023 Honda HR-V comes with a ton of upgrades over the old one. The new HR-V is built on the new Civic platform, while the 2022 was based on the long-gone Honda Fit. That new Civic platform comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower, and that’s part of the problem. In a recent test at Motor Trend, an all-wheel drive EX-L took an amazingly long 9.8 seconds to accelerate to 60 miles per hour. For comparison, a Toyota Tacoma truck can do the 0-60 sprint in 7.7 seconds.

That means it’s slow. In fact, it’s slower than even the last version which had just 141 horsepower, which could get you to 60 in about 9.6 seconds. Of course, those times come from the heavier all-wheel drive version, and with all the cool (but heavier) extras that come in a full-loaded EX-L.  We’d expect a front-wheel drive version with fewer options to be a bit quicker, but not by much. Also, the new version has worse fuel economy than the 2022 version.

How much will the 2023 Honda CRV cost?

2023 Honda HR-V EXl
2023 Honda HR-V EX-L interior | Honda

The Honda HR-V comes in three trim levels. The HR-V starts at $23,650 and goes all the way up to $28,950. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on any HR-V, before destination fees. All versions can be ordered with a variety of packages such as the protection packages, the HPD Package, or the Rugged Package which all have a variety of fender flares, splash guards, and door trim. The big thing that’s missing on the LX version that’s standard on the other versions of the HR-V is the blind-spot information system. It has a single-zone HVAC system, and simple gray 17-inch wheels. 

Does a 0-60 time matter?

A zero-to-60 time matters, but not in all the ways you may think. Basically, manufacturers and car magazines test how quick a car is so you can compare it to others, and it’s not really a reflection of how fast your car will go in the real world. The tests that magazines use are two-way averages that, by using sophisticated timing systems, “correct” for variables like altitude, temperature, and more.

Regardless, 9.8 seconds is slow. To put it in perspective, in a theoretical stop-light drag race, a 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan would beat the new HR-V. By a lot.

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