If we can rely on the latest reports, it looks like the entry-level model of the Japanese manufacturer won’t be redesigned in the next couple of years. It seems like the current model is currently at the point where it’s too early for redesign, but there is also no need for a mid-cycle update. Simply, these models confidently hold one of the leading positions on the market. So, we may presume that the 2021 Honda HR-V will arrive without more important changes.
HR-V has a lot of things to offer. Unlike most subcompact crossover, the HR-V is actually quite spacious and comfortable. It also features generous cargo volume, which is on par with many compact crossovers. Add to this the company’s reputation for reliability and it becomes clear while most experts consider this model the best crossover in the class. The next-year model will continue in the same way and we expect to see it sometime late in 2020.
2021 Honda HR-V Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Honda HR-V definitely won’t change. This model has been around since 2014, but it doesn’t actually show bigger signs of aging. The ride quality is great, while the styling still looks pretty fresh. That may be the reason why we probably won’t see any bigger changes before the redesign.
The 2021 Honda HR-V will carry on with the same styling. However, it is always possible to see some minor updates, in terms of new color options and similar things. On the other side, mechanics and chassis setup will definitely remain the same. Speaking of the handling, this small crossover feels very athletic. It delivers nimble handling but provides a smooth and comfortable ride at the same time.
This may be the strongest point of the HR-V. With almost 103 inches in wheelbase, this model is relatively close to the segment of compact crossovers. However, the use of available space is so amazing that we are talking about a crossover that offers two spacious and comfortable rows of seats. It can accommodate five adults with ease, while the cargo area is among the biggest ones in the class. You may count on about 24 cubic feet behind the second row. Rear seats fold flat and in such position, the overall cargo capacity goes up to 58 cubic feet. These are some of the best ratings in the class, on par with many bigger and more expensive, compact crossovers.
When it comes to the overall interior quality, there is really nothing to complain about. Yes, some younger rivals definitely look more attractive, but materials and overall feel of the cabin look is something you won’t find in many crossovers at this price range.
2021 Honda HR-V Engine
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. The 2021 Honda HR-V will carry on with a familiar 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 141 horsepower. It seems okay for daily ride, but the engine feels underpowered on the highway. Still, that’s the thing that characterizes pretty much all subcompact crossovers.
The only thing we don’t like the CVT gearbox. The power delivery could be better but too much noise seems like an even bigger problem. This is particularly present on the highway.
On the other side, the obvious benefit of this transmission is excellent. You may count on about 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class, along with Mazda CX-3, which returns around 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
One of the things we don’t like about the HR-V is that base versions are pretty modest in terms of standard equipment. You can a small 5-inch display, pretty basic audio system and just a few more tech goodies. Fortunately, higher trims do come with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and similar things.
Things aren’t much better in terms of safety either. A rearview camera is the only standard safety features in base models. On the other side, higher trims come with upgrades like LaneWatch blind-spot camera, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist etc.
2021 Honda HR-V Release Date and Price
Considering that no bigger changes are expected for the next year, the 2021 Honda HR-V should arrive at the typical time. This would mean sometime late in 2020. We don’t expect changes in price either. The current model starts at around 21.000 dollars, while the fully-loaded version can go up to almost 30.000 dollars.