The well-known 2018 Honda HR-V moniker was revived by Honda for the 2016 model year, ten years after the original model was discontinued. This comeback turned out to be quite successful and the new HR-V has managed to score high sales figures in the meantime. Although the model is still fresh on the market, the company is due to give it a number of enhancements for the 2018 MY. Those include a few visual tweaks, new exterior colors as well as addition of new features to the list of standard amenities. Having in mind the fact that virtually all of the big automakers have launched compact crossovers during the last few years, these early changes don’t come as much of a surprise.
Apart from a few minor tweaks on the front fascia and several new body paints, the 2018 Honda HR-V will retain its current appearance. What sets it apart from the competitors is its coupe-like profile and unique styling. Thanks to its sloping roof and sculpted side panels, the HR-V is among the most aerodynamic models in its class. All HR-Vs get 17-inch alloy wheels, while EX and EX-L trims add a power moonroof. As for the interior, the trim and finish as well as the choice of materials make this car’s cabin feel more upscale than it actually is.
The 2018 Honda HR-V will be powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder found in the outgoing model. This agile unit makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque, mated either to a six-speed manual gearbox or a sophisticated CVT automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive comes standard, all-wheel drive is optional on automatic transmission models. With its fuel economy rated at 34 mpg, the HR-V is currently among the most efficient options in this segment.
With the latest set of tweaks and updates, the 2018 Honda HR-V should become even more appealing in the highly contested compact crossover segment. As a result, we expect its sales figures to grow steadily in the coming years.