The Japanese brand has had great success with its first subcompact crossover, the HR-V taking command of its segment in terms of sales – so naturally the new model year brings some enhancements in order to solidify its position.
Honda is preparing a raft of subtle upgrades for its top selling HR-V subcompact crossover – with prices soaring about $100 for the majority of trims. Some of them will include the addition of the new Aegean Blue Metallic hue, while EX and EX-L trims are also getting new fashion accessories – black-painted insert alloy wheels. Changes are limited on the rest of the family, with the 2018 HR-V being motivated by the 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 141 horsepower (105 kilowatts) and 127 pound-feet (172 Newton-meters) of torque as before. Owners can opt for a six-speed manual or a CVT, as well as front- and all-wheel drive.
The HR-V represents a major success for Honda in America – it’s the best-selling subcompact crossover in the United States, with 56,407 examples delivered between January and July, a solid 28.7 percent increase compared to the same period of 2016. The HR-V doesn’t match the prowess of other crossovers from Honda yet, for the same period the CR-V has sold 219,017 autos and the Pilot some 64,230 units.