Honda HR-V
aka High Rider Vehicle



Class Subcompact crossover SUV
Body Style 5-door crossover
Length 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,605 mm (63.2 in)
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Weight 1,180-1,270 kg (2,601-2,800 lb)
Transmission 6-speed manual or CVT automatic
Engine 1.5 L L15B I4

1.8 L R18Z9 I4

Power 103bhp/122bhp
Similar Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4
Designer Honda Japan

The Honda HR-V is a Crossover mini SUV produced by Honda from 1999 to 2006 and 2014 onwards. The HR-V was introduced to cater for the demand for vehicles with the benefits of SUVs (in particular its bigger brother the Honda CR-V) such as increased cargo room, higher visibility, along with the maneuverability, performance and fuel economy of a smaller car (such as the Honda Civic).

See Autopedia's comprehensive Honda HR-V Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

The HR-V returns to production after the Honda Crosstour was discontinued. 

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

The HR-V was originally released as the "Joymachine" available as 3 door 2WD only. A 5 door option as well as VTEC and VTEC 4WD versions followed shortly after. The 3 door model was discontinued in 2003. Available in manual and CVT automatic. Various additional options were available including 16 inch alloys, remote central locking and fog lights.


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Although the HR-V has not be assessed through EuroNCAP, it is considered a relatively safe vehicle. Safety features include ABS brakes with EBD as well as front airbags.


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Hybrid ModelsEdit

The HR-V, sometimes known as "Hybrid Recreational Vehicle" is often mistaken as a hyrbid vehicle. The term hybrid in this case refers to the type of vehicle, in otherwords, a crossover.

Unique AttributesEdit

A relatively rare site on the road. One of not many geniune crossover SUVs available around early 2000s. The only 3 door SUV produced by Honda, the HR-V is surprisingly close to the original design concept.

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The HR-V has been criticised for a relative low number of sales due to marketing aiming the vehicle toward a younger demographic. Other criticisms include the lack of engine options, in particular a diesel engine.


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Current Generation: (2014–present)Edit

The second-generation Honda HR-V debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show as a concept car, with the production model unveiled later at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The HR-V was introduced in the United States in 2015 as a 2016 model replacing the discontinued Honda Crosstour. It shares the same platform as the third-generation Fit and is largely identical to the Vezel, which went on sale in Japan in December 2013. HR-V will be smaller than both CR-V and Pilot, again (after the demise of Element) giving Honda a range with three CUVs.

The US-market HR-V is manufactured at Honda's Celaya, Mexico assembly plant alongside Fit and went on sale in May 2015 as a 2016 model. It is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC I4 engine mated either to a CVTtransmission similar to the Civic or a 6-speed manual transmission (FWD only). Fuel economy for front-wheel drive (FWD) automatic models is rated at 28/35/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) or 27/32/29 mpg for all-wheel drive (AWD) models.

The HR-V's body utilizes 27% ultra-high-strength steel grades, of either of 780, 980 or 1,500 MPa yield strength.[4]

In Asia, the Thailand-market HR-V went on sale in November 2014. It is powered by either the 1.5- or 1.8-liter engine with three grades namely EL, E and S. Sales of the HR-V is to be expanded to other Asian markets in 2015.

The Brazil-market HR-V, also assembled by Honda's Celaya, Mexico plant, went on sale in first-quarter 2015 as a 2016 model.

Safety Edit

2016 HR-V NHTSA scores
Overall: 5-star
Frontal Driver: 4-star
Frontal Passenger: 4-star
Side Driver: 5-star
Side Passenger: 5-star
Side Pole Driver: 5-star
Rollover: 4-star/ 15.3%

First Generation/Origins (1999–2006)Edit

The HR-V was built on the supermini platform used by the Honda Logo, while the larger CR-V was built on the Civic platform. Known as one of the earliest low emissions vehicles (in terms of nitrogen oxides) and unique character.

Designed as the "Wild and Joyfull J-WJ" concept vehicle and exhibited at theTokyo Motor Show in 1997, the HR-V emerged as a futuristic and lightweight cross-country vehicle in 1998, exclusive to Honda dealership network calledHonda Verno in Japan. The Honda HR-V was soon put into production due to its popularity and marketed toward a younger demographic as the "Joy Machine" in 1999. The HR-V was shipped to Europe with either a Honda D16W1 type 1.6L SOHC or a four-wheel drive SOHC VTEC Honda D16W5 type engine. An automatic continuously variable transmission gearbox was also an engine option, however, the main criticism of the HR-V was the lack of a diesel engine option. The three door versions were discontinued in 2003 and five door versions in 2006.

The Real Time 4WD system comes from the CR-V and uses utilizes a dual hydraulic pump rear differential, where the 4WD system is hydraulically activated when the front wheels lose traction. The HR-V also uses enhanced drive shafts and suspension. Variations were produced for Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Pacific Rim and for its home market of Japan. The HR-V was revised in 2002 with some exterior styling changes and a new interior. Ahead of its time in terms of design for pedestrian safety, the HR-V seats four people and includes modern safety features such as ABS brakeswith EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags, as well as other features such as electric mirrors, electric windows, folding rear seats, power steering, heat absorbing windows, air conditioning, front fog lights and a rear spoiler housing an LED brake light array.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque
1.6 D16W1


1,590 cc 77 kW (105 PS) @6,200 rpm 138 N·m (102 lb·ft) @3,400 rpm
1.6 VTEC D16W5 1,590 cc 92 kW (125 PS) @6,700 rpm 142 N·m (105 lb·ft) @4,900 rpm


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Design quirks and odditiesEdit

  • The HR-V is sometimes known as "High Rider Vehicle".
  • Most standard production models include a unique roof spolier containing a rear brake light.


Announced as one of the most reliable cars by a recent WhatCar survey.

See AlsoEdit


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USA: Fit/Jazz · Civic · Accord · Civic Hybrid · Odyssey · CR-V · Pilot · Ridgeline · Civic GX · Civic Si · FCX Clarity · Insight Hybrid · Accord Crosstour · CR-Z

Europe/Asia: City · Jazz · FR-V · Legend . Accord (European) . Civic Type-R

Japan: Inspire · Stream · Legend · Life . Odyssey (Japanese)· Step WGN . Freed


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