We discover a feature that will make Honda HR-V #1 in 2015
I first met 2016 Honda HR-V at the Los angeles Auto Show last fall. Honda’s pitch master and Senior Vice President Jeff Conrad had stated that HR-V was nothing like any manufacturer’s entry in what he called a “White Hot” growing segment. As SUVs and crossovers outsell every segment in the market, sans pickup trucks, Conrad’s prophesy rings true. Honda has hit a home run with HR-V.
But what sets this Fit platformed “World Car” apart from the other sub compact CUVs?
For me, it’s the drive and ride experience of HR-V. Once again as demonstrated throughout the lineup, Honda engineering has designed a subcompact exhibiting a much larger car ride, road stability and handling-feel. Frankly, the experience is a bit mind bending. After an hour or two behind the wheel of 2016 HR-V, in our case the all-wheel-drive (AWD) with navigation offering, one loses all sense of small car sacrifice and compromise.
HR-V exhibits none of the shortcomings of “Smallness” while effortlessly executing daily tasks generally reserved for minivans, light pickup trucks, and dare we say it, 2015 Honda CR-V.
O.K, I’ll say it, I want one
While I’ve had one or two readers dismiss HR-V as diminutive and a bit underpowered, they unfortunately did not have the opportunity to spend a week behind the wheel of Honda’s next success story. While not the most powerful offering from Honda’s stable, HR-V is surprisingly resilient and persistent when encountering high winds, truck traffic, city congestion and doubling as a light hauler.
Real Time ™ All-Wheel-Drive sets 2016 HR-V way above the competition
But where our 2016 HR-V AWD test mule truly shines is while driving over transitional surfaces. The Real Time ™ All-Wheel-drive when combined with Honda’s mechanically bulletproof 1.8 Liter i-DTEC normally aspirated 4 cylinder, and the best constant variable transmission (CVT) in the industry, concurs gravel, grass and moderate off-road drive conditions with ease.
While driving HR-V over gravel and grass based road/ trails I noted ZERO traction loss. And frankly, as a life-time 4 wheel drive truck owner, I’ve never experienced any vehicle off road quite like HR-V. When we combine near unlimited tractability, with exceptional interior configurability, decent road handling and ample power, I find 2016 HR-V to be an exceptional drive and ride experience. As stated by Honda’s Jeff Conrad “ There’s nothing else like 2016 HR-V on the market today,” I agree.