Honda has done it again. Fresh off taking Motor Trend’s coveted “SUV of the Year” award for the 2015 CR-V, the automaker has added another award-winning crossover SUV to its already stellar lineup with the debut of the all-new 2016 HR-V compact SUV. Your South Florida Honda Dealers are excited to share with you the many innovative features that are sure to make this new entry into the crowded subcompact SUV field a winner. The HR-V goes up against the Mazda CX-3, Chevy Trax, Fiat 500X, and Jeep Renegade. Let’s see why we think the new HR-V will have these competitors feeling justifiably anxious.

A New Style For A New Era

Based on the successful Honda Fit platform, but sharing very little of its appearance, the new 2016 Honda HR-V at your local South Florida Honda Dealers brings its own unique personality to the crossover SUV party. Marty Padgett, an editor with automotive authority describes the new HR-V’s styling as “exuberant.” He goes on to say, “It starts at the nose, where the stubby HR-V wears a lookalike grille and headlamps akin to those on the heavily updated 2015 CR-V. Elsewhere, it’s a more playful, jazzy shape – the roofline is arched high for headroom, the front fenders are quite pronounced, and there’s a swell of sheetmetal at the shoulder line that extends down the side of the HR-V, past its hidden rear door handles.” High-end touches you wouldn’t expect at this price point include available LED brake lights, heated side mirrors, roof rails, and the convenience of a keyless “smart entry” system.

More Space & Versatility

Step inside the new HR-V and you’ll be amazed at just how spacious, accommodating, and even luxurious a small “ute” can be. Honda has a history of designing outstanding, well-crafted interiors that use top-quality materials. The new HR-V’s interior certainly showcases Honda’s attention to detail with premium, soft-touch materials, well thought out and intuitive instrumentation, and clever versatility. Touch-enabled climate control keeps the temperature just right, and an available power moonroof opens up the outside world at a touch of a button. You can also order your HR-V with upscale leather-trimmed seats that not only are comfortable, but also well-bolstered in all the right places. Plus, the HR-V’s cabin is surprisingly roomy for a small SUV this size. 2016-Honda-HR-V-interior One of the benefits of owning an SUV such as the new Honda HR-V is that you can use it to transport both passengers and lots of gear. What makes the HR-V a standout in this category is the many ways you can configure the HR-V’s ample 100 cubic feet of total interior volume to suit your individual needs. As TheCarConnetion’s Marty Padgett notes, it’s “the roomiest vehicle of its kind.” In “Utility Mode,” you can fold down the HR-V’s exclusive “Magic Seat®” for maximum space. In “Long Mode,” you can fold down both the Magic Seat® and the front passenger seat completely flat for those extra-long items such as kayaks. In “Tall Mode,” the bottom cushion of the rear Magic Seat folds up to handle those more awkward taller items such as plants or chairs.

Take Your Tech With You

You love your tech, and we understand that you want to take your tech with you wherever you go. The urban-smart new HR-V keeps you connected with plenty of the latest high-tech wizardry to do just that. Use the convenient USB audio interface and HondaLink®, Honda’s exclusive next generation app suite you download to your device that allows you to access music, listen to podcasts, and much more. An available, responsive 7-inch color touchscreen display gives you instant control over entertainment, communication, and navigation functions. Listen to the available SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, HD Radio, and streaming music services like Pandora® through a “kickin'” 180-watt, 6-speaker sound system. You can make and receive calls hands-free via Bluetooth® and let the system read your text messages to you. After all, we want you to stay focused on the road for your safety, so we make accessing your social media-connected world easier than ever.

Great Handling & Performance

This all sounds terrific, doesn’t it? But by now you may be asking yourself, “How does the new HR-V drive?” We love that question, because the HR-V offers a spirited driving experience with excellent fuel economy that will put the fun back into your daily commute. It’s always good to get an unbiased opinion so we’ll let’s Marty Padgett describe how the HR-V rides, handles, and performs. Here’s what he has to say: “With a drivetrain related to the one in the Fit, the HR-V earns very good fuel economy numbers, carefully balanced against adequate acceleration. The HR-V’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder is rated at 141 horsepower, and paired with either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual (the latter only on front-drive models); with either setup, even with optional all-wheel drive, it feels strong enough for safe highway merges and dignity-preserving stoplight launches. No, the HR-V isn’t very quick, but it is quieter than the Fit, and far more efficient than most of its rivals, tapping a 31-mpg combined rating for front-drive, CVT versions.” Mr. Padgett goes on to say that “On roads in Florida and California, where we drove dueling HR-Vs, we detected lots of virtues common with the bigger CR-V. Mainly, that’s a huge dose of self-awareness. Ride quality takes a priority over firm steering and flat cornering, though the HR-V comports itself just fine in both of those disciplines. It’s blessed with an absorbent ride and devoid of the “sporty” tuning that leaves some small SUVs with frantic steering and jittery body control. The HR-V’s steering is relaxed, the body motions are well-controlled and the HR-V doesn’t feel a bit brittle, even on terrible roads on both coasts. Leave the track tuning and off-roading to others: this tall hatchback is tuned for everyday driving, and beats everything else hands-down at that.” Now who are we to argue with that?

Cutting-Edge Safety Features

Sporty handling, outstanding versatility, high-tech connectivity, and great fuel economy are just some of the new HR-V’s many virtues. But there’s one area that we think is more important than the rest, and that’s safety. Building cars that offer the latest safety features are of the utmost importance to Honda, because Honda knows it’s of the utmost importance to you. Highways are more dangerous than ever, so Honda upped their game in the safety department to keep you and your passengers safer than ever. That’s why you’ll find an outstanding array of the latest cutting-edge safety features on the new HR-V, just like other Honda vehicles. Honda calls this advanced collection of available safety technology “Honda Sensing™.” It includes Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Forward Collision Warning. Other key safety components include a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, ACE™ body structure designed to distribute frontal crash energy more evenly, dual-stage, multiple threshold front airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist™ with traction control, and anti-lock brakes. These are just some of the reasons why the new HR-V earns top safety scores from major safety rating organizations.

Another Winner From Your South Florida Honda Dealers

As you can see, the all-new Honda HR-V compact SUV has a lot going for it. Best of all, it’s a Honda. And that means the new 2016 HR-V you’ll find at your local South Florida Honda Dealer is a car that is a cut above the best. We invite you to visit a South Florida Honda Dealer today and take the new 2016 Honda HR-V for a test drive near Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Sources: