HR-V is one of the leading subcompact crossovers in the market. The segment is not even close to the popularity of its slightly larger siblings. Still, most companies that build compact vehicles are also choosing to make smaller variants. The 2021 Honda HR-V is not taking too many changes since the model for 2020 already went through a redesign. The vehicle is five years old, and it was time for a facelift. The new version is already in sales and the following model is going to refresh the lineup with a new trim level.
With the redesign of the HR-V that happened in 2020, we cannot expect too much from the model for the 2021 season. Cosmetically, this is going to be the same vehicle we are going to see in 2020. Under the hood, the only possible upgrade is a hybrid model. But, these vehicles are already very efficient and the carmaker does not plan to bring this kind of a unit to the US. Overseas, buyers will find the hybrid setup.
2021 Honda HR-V Trim Levels, Features
The 2021 Honda HR-V is going to be available in four trim levels. The base crossover is coming as the LX model. The price indicates that expectations shouldn’t be big. Bluetooth connectivity is the highlight of the infotainment system. At the Sport version, you will find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available for integration. Also, the next trim replaces 17-inch wheels with larger rims. Dual-mode paddle shifters are also notable upgrades.
With the WX trim level, you will get more serious gear. For example, there is a Honda Sensing safety package with some cool features. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are part of this suite. Front seats are getting heating, while the cabin also features a moonroof. Going up the trim level ladder, there is an EX-L version with premium audio and leather upholstery. Well, the price of this one already reaches the level of the compact class.
The most luxurious version is the 2021 Honda HR-V Touring. The Japanese carmaker shows off here with some of the advanced systems. There are satellite navigation and HomeLink remote to control garage doors, lights, and a couple of other things in your home.
2021 Honda HR-V Specs
The engine room of the 2021 Honda HR-V is going to offer a single option. It is a 1.8-l four-cylinder unit. The drivetrain is paired with a smooth CVT transmission. Total outputs of the system are 140 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. The crossover is perfect for beginners due to its lower power and excellent fuel economy. The standard configuration includes a front-wheel drive and returns 28/34 mpg. All-wheel drive will consume more gas and the combined rating drops to 29 mpg. The crossover is not going to impress you with its off-road skills, but the traction is good for wet and cold surfaces.
The 2021 Honda HR-V Hybrid is coming to Europe. We saw a similar situation with its larger sibling, CR-V. Only a year after, it arrived to the USA. However, the HR-V is not so likely to debut in the US with the hybrid engine. Subcompact crossovers are already efficient and cheap. The new system would increase the price and the fuel economy returns wouldn’t pay out the difference you pay in start so easily. Plus, maintenance costs are higher for hybrid vehicles. So, we are not seeing this happening any time soon.
What is HR-V Mugen?
The special version of the crossover drew a lot of attention. However, only buyers in Japan and Malaysia could find the HR-V with Mugen badge on it. The package includes cosmetic upgrades and a boost of the visual appearance. In 2018, Honda produced only 1,020 Mugen suites.
Outside, you will notice a new grille. The car is also getting spoilers at both ends, as well as side skirts. Of course, a lot of decals will the exterior more aggressive. There were two unique paintjobs for the Mugen crossover. Inside the cabin, there are no too many changes. Worth of mention is ‘limited edition’ floor mats.
2021 Honda HR-V Release Date
The new 2021 Honda HR-V is not coming soon. The company will wait for the last quarter of 2020 to launch it. The current model is redesigned, and it will get more time to improve sales. The price of the subcompact vehicle will depend on possible upgrades. Since hybrid is not likely and the Mugen is not coming to the USA, the pricing list should be pretty much the same as before.
The base crossover will cost just under $21,000. Sport model adds $1,500 and the EX is above the Sport for the same amount. The price tag for EX-L model is $26,000 and Touring is the most expensive option. Rivals to the HR-V in the subcompact segment are Toyota C-HR, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks, and Kia Soul.