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Honda produces several competitive SUV models. One SUV didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the Japanese automaker’s lineup in terms of popularity and value. Here are three reasons why Honda’s most forgettable SUV is having a major comeback in 2023.

The Honda HR-V is more powerful than ever before

The 2023 Honda HR-V | Honda

The Honda HR-V was redesigned for 2023. Honda is addressing several major issues with its subcompact SUV nameplate after years of lukewarm consumer reception. The HR-V nameplate was slowly fading into obscurity as models like the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-30 took center stage.

One of the biggest gripes that consumers have with older HR-V model years is its lack of power. The 2022 HR-V uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine to make 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. It has 17 more horses and 11 more lb-ft of torque than its predecessor.

While its power upgrade isn’t mind-blowing, it’s enough to give the nameplate some much-needed driving verve. The subcompact SUV could still use an additional power boost, but it’s in a much better position than in previous years, and its redesign is enough to recapture the interests of consumers.

The 2023 Honda HR-V got a serious style upgrade

A red 2023 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Honda HR-V | Honda

The HR-V nameplate was completely redesigned for 2023, meaning it got a serious makeover. The 2022 HR-V’s exterior design was on the boring side. The 2023 Honda HR-V looks much more modern and aggressive thanks to its new front grille and headlight design.

The HR-V’s exterior has much more personality following its redesign. Its face is bold and distinct. After years of being on the market, Honda’s subcompact SUV is finally more aesthetically appealing and exciting to look at, which goes a long way with consumers.

The HR-V has better features following its redesign

The best way to experience everything the Honda HR-V has to offer is to get its final configuration. The 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L starts at $27,900. It comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and parking sensors. The subcompact SUV also features a blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and a lane-keeping assist system.

The 2023 HR-V EX-L features a one-touch power moonroof, a wireless phone charger, and smart entry with walk-away auto lock. Honda’s subcompact SUV has great tech and creature comforts. Its final configuration is affordable and offers plenty of value for the money.

Car and Driver gave the new HR-V model year its highest score yet. The automotive publication praises its comfy seats and driving dynamics. After years without a redesign, Honda has breathed new life into its subcompact SUV nameplate. The HR-V has effectively gone from zero to hero.

An SUV that once was highly forgettable now plays a crucial role in Honda’s lineup. Will the Honda HR-V become a contender for the best subcompact SUV position in the next few years?


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