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2016 Honda HR-V AWD off road drive time [Video]

Honda’s 2016 Fit platformed HR-V crossover was a sales success the day it hit the dealership showroom. To date, 14,000 + happy crossover drivers have opted for HR-V. But how does HR-V perform when driven off-road?

Granted, 2016 Honda HR-V crossover is not a heavy duty, diesel burning 4x4 pickup with front and rear lockers, 900 lbs of torque and a towing capability surpassing that of a Freightliner. It wasn’t designed for extended off road mud bogging, hill climbing, sand dune running or towing the ski boat and enough gear for an 8 person extended weekend. We get that , and so does Honda.

Great utility subcompact 5 door sport hatchback

None the less, our readers do look to HR-V for real-world utility, road-ability and superior wet weather traction when called for. So, being that it’s summer in North America, mud, rain and snow is a bit tough to find, while dust, dirt and dry loose gravel is abundant.

50% of the roads in North America remain unpaved

While we’re confident that the front-wheel-drive 2016 HR-V provides relative safety and superior traction under most driving conditions, for today’s run through the vineyards, we’ve opted for the 2016 HR-V AWD EX-L Navi.(MSRP $25,840 +) Featuring the 1.8 Liter 140 horsepower 1-VTEC Honda 4 cylinder gasoline engine, Honda’s exceptional CVT transmission, and CR-V Real Time ™ all-wheel-drive.

2016 Honda HR-V AWD dirt time

We discovered a compact 5 door hatchback crossover with exceptional off-road traction capabilities, roomy , comfortable driving confines, decent fuel economy, and ample torque transfer to the drive wheels. in short, 2016 Honda HR-V AWD features exceptional off-road-ability; to say the least, HR-V presents a surprising off-road experience.

Watch as Parks McCants drives 2016 Honda HR-V crossover through Sarver Vineyards of Crow Valley, Western Oregon.


cross (not verified)    July 6, 2015 - 9:56AM

Seriously? This is what you guys consider "off roading?" Driving through a vineyard? Wtf? I thought this would be a drive like the guys at do, with actual steep hills, creek crossing, actual off road winter drives, combination of both dirt and gravel roads. If this is all that the HR-V can do, forget it, dont waste your money, will rather buy a Jeep or a Subaru. Nice try Honda.