What is the Honda HR-V subcompact SUV? Is it a bigger Honda Fit or a smaller Honda CR-V? Well, it’s a bit complicated.
The Honda HR-V (High-rider Revolutionary Vehicle) was initially based on the Honda Logo, a supermini model that was a predecessor to the Fit. Its first generation debuted as the boxy J-WJ concept model with wrap-around windows, in stark contrast to its modern appearance. It debuted at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show and the 1998 Geneva Motor Show and was produced until 2006.
After a sizeable hiatus, the second generation of the Honda HR-V debuted at the 2013 North American Auto Show with a completely new look, now based on the Honda Fit and featured as a subcompact option under the Honda CR-V compact SUV.
A redesigned third generation of the Honda HR-V has already been released in Japan and Europe. Sadly, American drivers aren’t set to receive this upgraded vehicle.
- 2022 Honda HR-V (Starting MSRP $21,420)
- Pros: The small size of the Honda HR-V subcompact SUV still provides a customizable cargo space and a sturdy and comfortable cabin.
- Cons: Most of the HR-V’s problems are found with its engine, which is underpowered, noisy, and doesn’t always provide the smoothest driving experience.
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