2021 Honda HR-V Preview: Redesign, Touring, Hybrid, Sport

Although the current generation of this subcompact crossover is getting close to the end of the production cycle, it still has a lot of things to show. It is still one of the best small crossovers on the market and that’s why we believe that the 2021 Honda HR-V won’t feature any particular changes. We count on a familiar design and features, though a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment are always possible.

All in all, you may count on a super practical and functional crossover. It offers quite impressive amount of interior space and great handling, as well as a pretty good fuel economy. Still, keep in mind that the competition is pretty fierce these days. You can find models with a more powerful engine, better infotainment system and similar things. The 2021 Honda HR-V should arrive sometime late in the year and we don’t expect to see any particular changes in terms of price.

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Honda HR-V Redesign

In terms of base design characteristics, this small crossover definitely won’t change. You may count on the same overall design, which debuted almost six years ago. Still, keep in mind that we’ve seen a facelift last year. For that occasion, the HR-V came with a couple of interesting novelties. Of course, the focus was on the styling, so we’ve seen some revisions at the front. We saw pretty typical things, such as a revised grille, LED headlights, new bumpers, taillights and similar kinds of changes. That’s why we are pretty sure that the next-year model won’t feature any particular change. Still, there is always room for a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment, new color options and similar things. Still, don’t expect too much, as Honda usually isn’t very generous with these yearly updates.


We don’t expect to see any particular changes on the inside either. Still, that’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the current model already features a pretty good overall interior quality. The dashboard design isn’t particularly attractive, while most materials are hard to the touch. However, everything seems pretty solid and we have no doubt that the cabin can last for decades.

2021 Honda HR-V Interior

Without any doubt, the strongest point of this cabin is the amount of space. When it comes to the passenger space, the front row is pretty comfortable, while the second row is adult-friendly as well. The amount of headroom is also more than decent, while the cargo volume is the aspect where this crossover really shines. It offers pretty impressive 24.3 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes all-away up to 57.6 cubic feet. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class.


As we’ve just mentioned, there is a chance to see a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. Still, we are pretty sure that the company won’t be too generous with novelties. Most of the things are about to remain the same. So, there is no doubt that base models will remain a little bit short in terms of standard equipment. Currently, the list of standard equipment includes things like a 5-inch audio display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker stereo. In higher trims, you may count on a 7-inch touchscreen, as well as on smartphone integration. The list of options also includes things like a USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, navigation, remote start, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

When it comes to safety features, a rearview camera is standard in all models. Advanced systems are reserved for higher trim levels. Some of the highlights are systems like automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist.

2021 Honda HR-V rear

2021 Honda HR-V Engine

Things under the hood will definitely remain the same, which means you may count on a familiar combination of the 1.8-liter engine and CVT gearbox. You may count on about 141 horsepower. Driving dynamics aren’t that bad, but the engine can be very noisy in certain situations. On the other side, a big plus goes to fuel economy, which is the aspect where this crossover really shines. You may count on 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. These are some of the highest ratings among subcompact crossovers.

2021 Honda HR-V Release Date and Price

Given the lack of changes, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Honda HR-V won’t hit the market before the last quarter of the year. The price should also remain pretty much the same, which means that base models should go around 21.000 dollars.

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