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2021 Honda HR-V Preview: Price, Features & Release Date

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2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Honda HR-V Touring


Meet the 2021 Honda HR-V. The HR-V in Honda HR-V stands for Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle.

The HR-V Story

A subcompact SUV the HR-V first became available in 1999. For the first 16 years of its existence, the HR-V was only available in Asia and Europe. The second-generation HR-V was born in 2013. Potential buyers in the US got their first glimpse of the HR-V during the 2014 New York and Los Angeles auto shows.

Sitting on the same platform as the Honda Fit the HR-V first appeared on the lots of North American Honda dealers in 2015 at the start of the 2016 model year. Since its debut in the US, HR-V sales have averaged 75,885 units per year. During 2017 Honda dealers in the US moved a record 94,034 HR-Vs. The HR-V is the smallest of the three SUV models Honda offers. If reports are accurate the arrival of the 2021 Honda HR-V will mark the birth of the next generation HR-V.

2021 HR-V Speculation

Sources seem certain that the HR-V will be all-new for 2021. For our purposes, we will use the 2020 HR-V as the basis for conjecture about the 2021 HR-V. The 2021 HR-V will be available in five versions. The base model will be the LX with a starting price of $20,820. Other versions will be the Sport ($22,520), EX ($23,970), EX-L ($25,570), and Touring ($28,640). Standard on the Touring version all-wheel-drive will be an option on the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. All HR-V versions will roll on standard 17″ machined alloy wheels.

Eighteen-inch machined alloy wheels will be optional on all models. Depending on the trim level the choice of exterior colors will range from four to eight. The only available interior color will be black. Available safety features will include the Honda Safety Sensing Suite, and Collision Mitigation System. Additional safety systems will be the Road Departure Mitigation System, The Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains speed and a safe following distance. Any claims about the 2020 HR-V and its prices and features are based on information found on Honda’s official website. Expect support for android auto and apple carplay.

HR-V Reviews

Based on a five-star rating system the HR-V scored an average of 4.4 stars. While opinions on quality and reliability vary there was a consensus that the HR-V offers impressive storage capacity. One satisfied owner expressed doubt that negative critiques were written by actual HR-V owners. A dissatisfied owner-reported experiencing buyer’s remorse a short time after taking delivery of his HR-V. One owner reported a grinding noise in the engine at 40 mph. Multiple attempts to correct the issue have only increased the rate of speed at which the engine begins to grind.

What constitutes good gas mileage seems to be subjective because most owners are pleased with the HR-Vs rate of fuel consumption while others expressed disappointment with their gas mileage. Repeat Honda buyers are divided on the overall quality of the HR-V. Some claim that their HR-V lives up to the high-quality standards they have come to expect from Honda products. Other multiple times Honda buyers opined that Honda’s quality is on the decline. There was a complaint of a transmission that gave out at 62,000 miles. That reviewer admitted not following Honda’s recommendation that the transmission should be serviced every 30,000 miles. Fuel economy is great.

2021 Honda HR-V Scuttlebutt

Word is that the next generation of HR-V will be the 2021 model. Engine options for 2021 may include a 1.6L diesel with a continuously variable transmission. We are excited to see the Fuel-cell versions of the HR-V. The sole focus of the updating will be exterior and interior aesthetics. Changes in the HR-V’s dimensions were alluded to. No specifics were offered as to whether the HR-V will expand or contract. Speculation is that the Fit platform will continue to provide the foundation for the HR-V.

HR-V vs Ecosport, Kona, And Renegade

In town or on the highway the HR-V goes five miles further on a gallon of gas than the Ford Ecosport. The Ecosport offers a four-wheel-drive option and the Honda offers an all-wheel-drive option. The HR-V affords greater interior comfort in every category but front-seat leg and headroom and back seat hip room. Both vehicles seat five. For hauling cargo the HR-V beats Ecosport. The Ford delivers 22 more horses than the Honda. The MSRP on the Hyundai Kona is over $8,000 higher then the HR-V’s suggested selling price.

Two miles-per-gallon separate the Kona and HR-V in the city with the HR-V delivering the higher mileage rating. On the open road, the Honda beats the Hyundai by five mpg. The most significant difference in interior space between the two vehicles is the Kona’s five extra inches of back seat leg and hip room. The Kona is wider than the HR-V, but the HR-V is longer. The HR-V has a larger cargo area.

The Kona’s engine is rated at 195 hp vs 127 hp for the HR-V. The Jeep Renegade retails for $1,655 more than the HR-V. Based on their mpg rating it is cheaper to keep the HR-V fueled. While some interior dimensions are identical Renegade offers greater rear-seat head and hip room and more front-seat headroom. The two SUVs are the same width and the HR-V is slightly longer than the Jeep. The Honda has more cargo space but stores 28 fewer ponies under the hood than the Renegade.

The 2018 Honda HR-V received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Available in two-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions all HR-V models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. The EPA mileage rating for the HR-V is 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

2021 Honda HR-V Price & Release Date

I could not find a reference to an exact release date for the 2021 Honda HR-V. Most likely it will debut in the fall of 2020. One guesstimate places the projected starting price of the 2021 HR-V in the neighborhood of 20 grand.

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Image impressions based on previous model years as offered by the Honda News room.

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