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Official: Honda Will Introduce The U.S. Spec 2016 Honda HR-V At The LA Auto Show

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On: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 4:15PM | By: Teddy Field

Official: Honda Will Introduce The U.S. Spec 2016 Honda HR-V At The LA Auto Show

With the Ebola outbreak, rising insurance premiums due to ObamaCare, and the general threat of violence from ISIS, Russia, and the entire Middle East, we really could use another compact crossover right about now. Lucky for us, Honda’s going to give us one next month at the LA Auto Show. And while the sporty 2016 Honda HR-V won’t be able to cure infectious diseases, it does have a Magic Seat, and some other unique features...

Right now, tiny crossovers are all the rage. The pint-sized 2014 Buick Encore and 2014 Nissan Juke are racking up impressive sales numbers. And new offerings like the forthcoming Jeep Renegade should bring some butch-ness to this predominantly urban-themed segment. But Honda has decided to add some “sport” to the mix, and their 2016 Honda HR-V might be right on the money.

We don’t have a lot of ‘official’ details yet, but here’s what we do know about the 2016 Honda HR-V:

  • It’s based on the popular 2015 Honda Fit, so it’ll be small and easy to park
  • It’ll be about the size of the original Honda CR-V
  • It should weigh around 2,700 lbs.
  • The fuel tank is mounted in the center of the chassis to provide more interior space
  • It will have a version of the Fit’s popular Magic Seat, which allows numerous passenger / cargo hauling configurations
  • It will be the Honda’s entry-level crossover, slotting just below the 2015 Honda CR-V
  • It will cost less than the $23,000 2015 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda HR-V - Speculations

  • AWD will probably be offered
  • No hybrid version for the U.S.
    It will likely be powered by the Fit’s 130-hp 1.5L Earth Dreams 4-pot
  • It will have the Fit’s CVT
  • Advanced safety tech like LaneWatch should be offered
  • It should go on sale sometime next year
  • Justin Bieber probably won’t buy one

With sharp styling and an endlessly configurable interior, the 2016 Honda HR-V should do quite well in the growing sub-compact crossover / CuteUTE segment. We’ll bring you all the details when Honda officially unveils it next month.

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