2018 Honda Hr-V Crossover Redesign

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Nothing, most likely, for Honda’s newest nameplate. The HR-V was introduced for model-year 2016 to do battle in an up-and-coming automotive segment: subcompact crossover SUVs. This four-door, five-passenger wagon is based on Honda’s sporty and versatile Fit subcompact hatchback. It’s 8.1 inches longer than the Fit, and 3.2 inches taller. And unlike the front-wheel-drive-only Fit, the HR-V is available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Like its platform-mate, though, the HR-V combines good road manners with a spacious interior.

It quickly surpassed the Fit in sales, registering a 96-percent increase in 2016, versus a 7-percent bump for the Fit. That’s just one bit of evidence of the rapid growth of the subcompact-crossover segment, a class virtually non-existent five years ago. In 2016, they blossomed into a segment worth nearly half a million units sold. The Jeep Renegade claims nearly 20 percent of the market, followed closely by the Subaru Crosstrek. HR-V ranks third, just ahead of the Chevrolet Trax and its upscale sibling, the Buick Encore. The competitive set is about to get even more, well, competitive in the next 12-18 months with arrival of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and 2018 Ford EcoSport and 2018 Toyota C-HR.

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Why should I wait for the 2018?

Maybe to see how the HR-V stacks up dynamically against the arguably more stylish EcoSport and C-HR. Mechanically and otherwise, though, the ’18 HR-V will be a rerun of the 2016. And year-over-year inflation means it’ll almost certainly cost more; Honda raised 2017 HR-V prices about $450 on vehicle unchanged from the ’16 HR-V. Furthermore, the ‘18’s styling feature set will have a relatively short shelf life because a freshening is on tap for model-year 2019. A fully redesigned second-generation model is likely for 2021.

Like most rivals, this Honda is aimed at urban-dwelling singles and empty nesters who want a small, nimble vehicle but with an SUV look, feel, and available all-wheel-drive capability unavailable with a traditional subcompact car. Against the current competition, HR-V delivers class-leading passenger and cargo room underpinned by Honda’s reputation for reliability, resale value, and high customer-satisfaction ratings.

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