The CR-V is the company’s best-selling model in North America for a reason. Spacious cabin, along with the comfortable ride and generous cargo area is something you can’t really expect from a subcompact SUV. Moreover, this model also features a pretty good fuel economy, which will become even better after the recent introduction of a hybrid version. The current generation has been around since 2015 and the recent update suggests it will remain in production for a couple of more years. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Honda HR-V won’t feature any particular change. We count on the same design, as well on the same mechanics and specs.
Practically, the best we could get are new standard features, though we doubt Honda will add too many of them to the list of standard equipment. Therefore, the launch date should be scheduled for a typical time of year, sometime late in 2020.
2021 Honda HR-V Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change. The 2021 Honda HR-V is about to carry on with familiar design characteristics, which have remained since 2015. This refers to mechanics, but also to the exterior design. Although we’ve seen a couple of minor styling tweaks with in the last several years, the overall shape is still the same. This model still features a familiar face, which is adapted to the company’s current design language.
The overall shape is also pretty common for a crossover, while dimensions are probably the strongest point of this vehicle. Compared to most rivals, the 2021 Honda HR-V will be bigger. With almost 103 inches in wheelbase, you can count on a nice amount of legroom, as well as on generous cargo space. On the other side, handling and overall driving characteristics are actually pretty good and there is really nothing to complain about in this aspect.
As we’ve just mentioned, size is HR-V’s strongest points, so the upcoming model will carry on in the same way. First of all, there is a lot of leg and headroom in both rows, thanks to a long wheelbase. Also, the cargo area is pretty big. You can count on about 24 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the overall cargo space goes up to 58 cubic feet. These are some of the highest ratings in the class, numbers that are on par with many compact crossovers.
When it comes to the overall interior quality, things are also pretty good. The dashboard is relatively simple but all materials feature great quality. Honda definitely confirmed it’s a reputation with this cabin, which is solid and fine at the same time.
This is where 2021 Honda HR-V needs improvements, but we doubt that bigger improvements will come in the next year. Currently, base models are quite short in terms of standard equipment, especially when it comes to tech goodies. You can count on a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Fortunately, thigs are much better in higher trims. You can get a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, automatic climate control, a moonroof, remote start, satellite radio, navigation etc.
When it comes to safety, a rearview camera is the only standard features. Additionally, you can get things like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and many more.
2021 Honda HR-V Engines
When it comes to powertrain, there is just one engine in the offer. It is a good-old 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 141 horsepower. Most rivals offer better driving dynamics, though we have to say that a CVT gearbox ensures some pretty amazing mpg ratings. You can count on about 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings in the class.
In some other parts of the world, this subcompact crossover can also be found with a 1.5-liter engine, which is good for about 120 horsepower and comes in pair with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
2021 Honda HR-V Release Date and Price
Given the fact that no bigger changes are expected for the 2021 Honda HR-V, we presume it will hit the market sometime late in the next year, definitely in the last quarter. When it comes to the price, base models go around 21.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future.
Competition is pretty tough. This is one of the most crowded segments of the automotive industry. Practically, every manufacturer has a model that competes in the class of subcompact crossover, including premium brands. Still, the biggest rivals are other Japanese crossovers, such as Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Kicks etc.