Honda kicks off what they are calling the “Year of the Crossover” (isn’t that every year at every automaker?) with a sneak peek of the 2023 Honda HR-V. You may have not given a lot of thought to the HR-V, since it’s relatively new to our market. It’s a solid a subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) that’s actually been around for a couple generations.
The first generation started production for the Japanese and European markets in 1998 and came in a plucky 3-door and 5-door layout. It was about what you would expect, standard FWD with optional AWD (and 4WD shared with the CR-V) with a mix of 1.6L VTEC engines.
The second generation HR-V launched at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. It was the first version that we had access to here in the states, and production began back in 2016. It’s been plugging along since then, with a refresh in 2019. However, there’s a new one on the horizon.
Details are light so far, but Honda calls it “sporty and versatile”. It’s got familiar next-generation Honda styling and the concept drawings look pretty good. The all-new HRV will launch in North America this year and I’m sure we’ll get some seat time.