If you want an SUV with compact-car dimensions, fair price, and excellent fuel-efficiency, the 2020 Honda HR-V is a perfect vehicle for you. The new model comes loaded with equipment and two brand-new trim levels will be available for the potential buyers. Also, the HR-V now offers more passenger space and legroom than any other similar vehicle.
This crossover has better EPA fuel-economy figures than Chevy Trax and Jeep Renegade. Also, the all-wheel drive is available, the feature you won’t find on the Toyota C-HR or Nissan Kicks. Excellent features like rear Magic Seat increases the cargo-carrying capacity, while new driver-assist safety systems make the HR-V one of the safeties vehicles in the class.
2020 Honda HR-V Redesign
For the 2020 model, Honda HR-V will come with a serious amount of exterior changes. The brand-new design, both for the fascia and the cabin is ready for launch, two trim levels will be added as well, and the addition of Honda Sensing on higher trims. The front part of the vehicle will get a major makeover. With the redesigned front end, the 2020 Honda HR-V will look much sportier than the previous model. These changes on the vehicle’s body bring new Honda HR-V more in line with the Civic. Moreover, the Touring and Sport trim levels will expand the model’s wheels and exterior treatment options.
The sloping roof, for example, will give a coupe-like profile to the vehicle, and the rear-window processing that slopes even further. The rear-door handles now sit right where the window forms its arrow. Also, the 18-inch wheels will be available on the Sport trim level, while the rest will roll on 17-inches wheels. Besides the wheels, the higher trims add a power moonroof and roof rails as well.
The upcoming 2020 Honda HR-V gets minor interior updates and changes. The 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system is updated with a volume knob and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is available. The entry-level model will use the same user-friendly climate-control system, while the other model will get a touch-based setup. However, this setup can be very annoying sometimes, and it’s really up to the driver to adjust to this feature.
The refreshed Touring model adds bolstered leather seatings, with a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Furthermore, the Sport trim gets a black headliner, sport pedals and gloss-black trim. The new Honda HR-V also offers much more rear-seat legroom than the class rivals, like Mazda CX-3 or Jeep Renegade. The standard equipment package for the base model includes a rearview camera, Honda Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system, and the cruise control. As for the sound, the audio system includes a 4-speaker/160-watt system with USB/auxiliary and a 5-inch color display.
2020 Honda HR-V Configurations
The 2020 Honda HR-V offers five trim levels: the entry-level LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The LX brings eight exterior and four interior colors, cloth upholstery, full cloth headliner and fully galvanized steel body material. The Sport trim adds 18-inch alloys wheels, steering-wheel paddle shifters, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, sport pedals, and body-colored rear spoiler. Quite a list, don’t you think? The EX models will have front/rear mud flaps, chrome door handles, and body-colored front/rear bumpers with black rub strip.
The EX-L includes a metal-look front bumper insert, body-colored front bumper, dark chrome grille, rocker panel extensions, and the cargo net. The most equipped, and of course, most expensive trim level, the Touring adds a full leather interior with 8-way-power driver’s seat, redesigned foglights, navigation and LED headlights. Moreover, Honda’s Real-Time all-wheel-drive system is standard only for the Touring model and optional for others. Touring exclusive accessories also includes front/rear garnishes.
Under the hood of 2020 Honda HR-V will be a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The very similar number to these of 1.8-liter engine record the powertrain that is used in the Honda Civic. The HR-V drivetrain is connected via a refined CVT automatic transmission, with stepped gear changing. At full throttle, this will make the operation much quieter than before. Front-wheel drive is the standard setup, while the all-wheel is available on all models.
Like most of the unibody car-based-crossovers today, the new HR-V isn’t built for off-road driving. Yet, the AWD system can help to keep the traction on harsh terrains, or snow-covered roads. The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 28/34 mpg for the front-wheel-drive system, and 27/31 mpg for the all-wheel-drive system. The upcoming HR-V model will be one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. The towing capacity is rated at 3,000 pounds.
Release Date and Price
The MSRP for the base 2020 Honda HR-V model starts at $22,000. The Sport trim will have a starting price right around $24,000, while the EX comes with a $25,300 price tag. The top-line Touring starts just below $30,000. With these prices, upcoming 2020 Honda HR-V cost less than the Chevrolet Trax and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The HR-V has a similar price like the Mazda CX-3, but cost more than the Nissan Kicks. In the company expect that the new model will hold better resale value than the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Chevrolet Trax. However, we still don’t have the precise information regarding the release date. Recent news from the Japanese carmaker says that the new model will be available by the end of the following year.