After an eight model-year run, the first-generation HR-V will give way to a redesigned 2023 version to better compete with similar models from Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet and others. The previous HR-V was based on the retired subcompact Fit hatchback, so the 2023 model switches to the larger Civic platform. That means more interior room and a bigger engine with more power: A 158-horse 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable transmission. As before, all-wheel-drive is optional. On a utility note, the flip-up rear-seat cushion will no longer be available. It provided additional stowage height for objects placed on the floor.
The redesigned Honda HR-V is based on the Civic platform, which means it’s bigger and more powerful than before.
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