The current generation of Honda’s smallest SUV has been around since 2016 and according to the latest reports, we can expect a full redesign for the 2023 model year. That clearly indicates that the Japanese manufacturer won’t bother too much with the 2022 Honda HR-V, which should carry on without any particular change. It will represent the last production year of the generation, so even minor tweaks like new standard features aren’t expected.
All in all, you may count on a well-familiar design. This crossover still has a lot of good things to offer, despite the age. We like its spacious and practical cabin, which comes in a combination with pretty engaging handling. Also, fuel economy is pretty good for the segments. On the other hand, the engine would use more power, while the poor infotainment system has been Honda’s weakest point for years. Also, base models aren’t very generous with standard equipment.
As there are no updates to come, we presume that the 2022 Honda HR-V will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Honda HR-V Design
The current generation has been around since 2016. It came back after a long hiatus that occurred after the discontinuation of the original generation. For these six years of production, we haven’t seen too many changes. There was an update in 2019, but those changes were minor and mostly in terms of aesthetics. Speaking of the styling, this model shares a lot with other Honda’s, such as Accord and CR-V and offers a conservative but pretty attractive look.
What’s more important, the mechanics are great and don’t refer only to engine quality, but to other parts as well, including chassis. This model features a nice suspension setup, which provides a great balance between comfort and engaging handling, something that isn’t so typical in this segment.
The inside of this small crossover is a very nice place. The cabin is spacious and accommodates adult passengers with ease. Both rows are generous with leg and headroom, while the front seats are also very comfortable. Like in any Honda, the driving position is excellent. The rearward visibility could be a little bit better.
When it comes to cargo capacity, you may count on about 24.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Folding down the rear seats unveils 58.8 cubic feet, which are pretty good numbers for the segment. Also, Honda Magic Seats are part of the standard equipment.
The dashboard looks nice. It’s not particularly flashy and doesn’t look particularly luxurious but the materials and build quality are very good. The biggest complaint actually goes to the shortlist of standard equipment, which makes the base model look less upscale compared to rivals.
As we’ve just mentioned, base models aren’t particularly generous with standard equipment. You get an old-school 5-inch display, as well as a USB port, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker stereo. Fortunately, things are much better in higher trim levels, when you may count on upgrades like a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, and a second USB port, as well as proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, remote start, and a moonroof.
When it comes to safety, most features are options. You can get goodies like forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a road departure mitigation system, front and rear parking sensors, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera.
2022 Honda HR-V Engines
Under the hood, the 2022 Honda HR-V will continue with just one engine option in the offer. It’s a 1.8-liter inline-four, which puts out around 141 horsepower. It comes in pair with a CVT gearbox and provides decent performance. However, most rivals offer more powerful variants, with way better dynamics.
On the other hand, what we really like about this crossover is fuel economy, which goes around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class.
2022 Honda HR-V Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Honda HR-V will hit the market sometime late in the year, with a starting price of around 22.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Toyota C-HR etc.