New generations of existing vehicles can sometimes be guilty of moving the needle very little from their predecessors, but that’s not an accusation you could level at the all-new 2023 Honda HR-V. The 2023 HR-V is a little bigger and more spacious inside than the previous generation, but it’s the new exterior styling that makes it plain for all to see that this is a complete redesign of the popular Honda compact crossover SUV. If you’re shopping for the ideal urban runabout for getting you around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro, the all-new 2023 Honda HR-V is a stylish, comfortable, and affordable option that’s also great to drive.
If complicated makes you glaze over, and if clutter makes you frustrated, you’ll love the clean simplicity of the interior and the exterior styling of the all-new 2023 Honda HR-V. There are only three trim levels in the 2023 lineup, but each has its own unique styling cues that make it that little bit different. For example, the mid-range HR-V Sport features a blacked-out look that includes black 18-inch alloy wheels you won’t see on the base LX or range-topping EX-L models.
The cabin of the all-new HR-V has also had a thorough spring clean, which means you won’t find any thick and obstructive front pillars, annoyingly complex interfaces, or distractingly bright and reflective surfaces. Instead, the cabin of the HR-V is straightforward, high quality, and remarkably spacious, thanks to clever use of the available dimensions.
All three versions of the 2023 Honda HR-V are standard front-wheel-drive and powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. All three trim levels are available with the option of Honda’s Real Time AWD system, and the power gets to the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unlike some of its more off-road-focused rivals, the urban-biased HR-V is fabulously refined on the road with driving characteristics that could be considered class-leading.
Because the all-new Honda HR-V has a strong on-road focus, there isn’t a dedicated off-road driving mode available. However, a Snow mode allows a little more slip from the stability system and distributes the Honda’s torque a little more evenly. A version of hill descent control is present for controlling the HR-V at low speeds down steep trails.
Any vehicle can have a low MSRP if all the features drivers want are stripped out, but that’s not how Honda rolls. The 2023 Honda HR-V is genuinely affordable at every level, but it’s also outstanding value for money, thanks to highly generous levels of standard equipment and features. The price gap between trim levels isn’t exactly cavernous either, so many shoppers could be tempted to look beyond the entry level.
Every model gets standard alloy wheels, automatic climate control, power features, a rear-view camera, tire pressure monitors, auto high beams, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mid-range HR-V Sport models add heated front seats, a sporty front grille, and rear privacy glass. And if you go for a range-topping EX-L model, you’re then treated to standard leather-trimmed seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless phone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and plenty more.
The all-new 2023 Honda HR-V takes the nameplate to another level, so check it out with a test drive from Nelson Honda here at 2500 Greensboro Road, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information and book a test drive for a time that suits you.