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2016 Honda HR-V 'Official Site' features unique approach to car shopping

Fumbling around manufacturer's online shopping tools comes with the territory for automotive review journalist. We just discovered the easiest, simplest to use shopping tool we’ve experienced to date. Honda presents a unique approach to crossover shopping. Keeping it simple 2016 HR-V style.

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How does Honda spin a bit of “one-off, first to the line excitement” in the the introduction of an exciting subcompact crossover concept, while taking the angst of perhaps “too-many” engine, transmission and option choices out of the mix? In rolls 2016 Honda HR-V crossover, and undoubtedly the easiest to maneuver online “Official Site” buyer’s tool Torque News has experienced to date.

Brilliant marketing strategy: Your 2016 HR-V buying experience begins here

We dislike nothing more than a manufacturer’s “Official Site” that takes us to an endless bombardment of email, zip code-demand pop-up boxes, and area dealership backlinks. While you are afforded the opportunity to “price and shop” 2016 HR-V on American Honda Motor’s latest exploration and shopping format, it’s not as “ In your face” as many competing automotive brands names. You may simply drop in and check out 2016 HR-V without being hammered to purchase it.

Nearly intuitive, no hidden costs, markups, or endless option $ add,on

The first thing this consumer noticed when logging into Honda’s latest generation shopping tool, is how “clean and crisp” the visual is. Somehow, Honda I.T. has brought the “glossiness” of a high dollar automotive magazine to the internet without the nuisance of advertising clutter. A joy to view, a joy to use, HR-V’s Official Site is as straightforward as the vehicle itself. No nonsense or hyperbole here!

One engine, 2 transmissions, two drivelines,and 3 trim variants; that’s it!

Honda’s kept our choice as to HR-V feature options to a minimal, while producing a visually pleasing crossover of measurable value and attainable price point. Actually, HR-V returns buyers to the historic value focused roots of Honda Motors; where the original Civic and Accord offered simple, mechanically bulletproof reliability.

Budget consideration doesn’t always translate to concession or sacrifice

We’ve seen it, we’ve driven it, we like it! 2016 Honda HR-V will return its owner to an earlier age of ‘a certain pride of ownership’ found through making that budget consideration “Logically progressive” step forward; through a “ reasonable” yet fun automotive purchase, without burying one’s self in(high) burdening car payments, maintenance and fuel costs. You may check out Honda’s latest and greatest shopping tool here.

A few final words

While our readers debate the interior noise level, power to weight ratio and HR-V road handling prowess, we know that 2016 Honda HR-V features a comfortable, ergonomically well balanced coupe-like driving environment, the “Magic-Seat” flat-deck, tall object hauling utility of 2015 Honda Fit, and the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) foul weather and off the pavement track-ability of CR-V; all, available at a very attractive price; starting at MSRP $19,199 + for a nicely appointed LX front wheel drive, to $24,590 for the fully optioned EX-L with navigation.

We find 2016 HR-V crossover to be an exceptional drive-ownership experience for the $. Check it out!

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JeffS (not verified)    May 18, 2015 - 3:38PM

I think I smell some, "wicked" aftermarket kits brewing for this. If they can take a Fit and make it a looker and perform, ,(as I've mentioned not a big fan of the look of the Fit out of the box, although the latest generation is getting better). Starting with a handsome design like the HR-V, it will be interesting to see what concoctions the aftermarket comes up with. (I think it is a good looking vehicle, see shades of the MDX, {squint your eyes}). Have a Good Night Parks.

JeffS (not verified)    May 19, 2015 - 12:23PM

In reply to by Parks McCants

Hey there Mr. Parks, Used to be you could get Mugen performance and body parts from the Dealer, installed and warrantied on new cars, such was the case when I purchased my 1st gen CRX SI. I don't see that anymore, I'm assuming HPD replaced Mugen at the dealers. The Mugenified CRX was, "Bad". Took a look at the Mugen Honda Vesel, like I say, "something wicked this way comes". So many, "Toys" to choose from. I B waiting to read what your sweaty palms are going to write after your, "experience" in the NSX. Don't forget to bring a change of underwear. Have a Good day Guy.

JeffS (not verified)    May 21, 2015 - 10:46AM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

I am so, "Dain Bread" from time to time. Reading my comment about how I see shades of the MDX in the HR-V probably has one saying, "What's this guy talking about?" I just asked myself the same question, I meant to say Acura's past ZDX. The Brain bucket gets confused once in a while,

Bill Anderson (not verified)    May 19, 2015 - 7:11AM

You so get most Honda owners. Yes, it's cool to customize them. But the vast majority of Hondas are purchased (on a repeated basis - like for a lifetime) by folks who want a vehicle that doesn't look stupid or ostentatious. They just want to drive it to get places. It is not a display item. And maintenance? Change the oil. That's it. And over a 10 year period, a battery, some tires.Yes, I expect to own it for 8 to 10 years an spend almost nothing on maintenance (don't use a dealer, of couse).
I'll be test driving an HR-V soon...not sure I can part with my fabulous FIT - but the AWD lures me.

JeffS (not verified)    May 19, 2015 - 10:33AM

In reply to by Bill Anderson (not verified)

Good Day, Bill. I have no disagreement with what you state, very true. However, Honda has a long time cult following, a rather large following, that are performance minded and are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of the potential Honda cars offer. Down at our local Track it is incredible what some of the modified Rice rockets are capable of, (not just Honda, nor solely Japanese), and might I add impressive. It is a significant part of their market, which would be missed, if it were to disappear. The fact that so many different kits and aftermarket performance upgrades are available is testament to that. Acura/Honda does cater to, and has offerings for the, "enthusiast" and we are Hondafiles just as much as the person who is looking for practical, economical, bulletproof transportation. Be Well

Bill Anderson (not verified)    May 20, 2015 - 6:25AM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Oh, I get it. I meant no disrespect. My brother in law lives in that cult world. He wants to adopt and adapt my Fit when I say farewell to him (he's called Zippee). My little black beauty may be reincarnated as a track demon. Have fun and drive safe!

JeffS (not verified)    May 20, 2015 - 9:57AM

In reply to by Bill Anderson (not verified)

Good day Bill, no offense taken what so ever to your comment. As I say, I have NO disagreement with what you state. The primary market for Honda, (and others), are those looking for solid, reliable transportation and do not particularly care about, "0-60 times" and alike. A good deal of what makes a Honda a Honda, (all those attributes you speak of) is also what attracts the performance crowd of Honda aficionados.In my younger days I did allot of, "shade tree" tinkering and ran with the, "Fast" crowd, now a days mostly an observer. Looking past the, "Fast and Furious" aspect, the engineering and technical hurdles of getting , for example a Fit, to rocket down the 1/4 mile in the 9's or pulling
1G plus on a road course is an impressive feat. Back in my, "Road warrior" days, was pretty much unheard of. This, "cult" of performance has a major influence on the market and helps to motivate the industry to keep working towards innovations that improve both efficiency and performance. In other words, it helps to improve the breed. As an example, look to the next generation of the Civic, particularly the upcoming SI and Type R, not to mention Acura's NSX. Without those who are, "performance enthusiasts" these type of offerings wouldn't exist. it provides a benefit across the line, including the more, "pedestrian" models as the technology developed trickles down through the line and improves the driving experience for all. Yes sir, I agree with you, primarily cars are about getting from point A to point B. The, (mostly) young Bucks down at the Track are helping to improve the experience along the way and helping to "Drive" the manufacturers to keep improving. Be Well, All Best.

Parks McCants    May 19, 2015 - 11:52AM

In reply to by Bill Anderson (not verified)

Good morning Bill. Yes, Honda builds a great long-term drive and ride experience. We've been promised a week-long review with 2016 HR-V AWD. Honda fans have been waiting for a vehicle that will approach the
Subaru line in all weather and transitional road surface performance. We'll see how HR-V does under dirt and mud conditions. Thanks for dropping by.