Honda HRV 2022: All-New Redesign Honda HRV Looks Like
Honda HRV 2022 Small SUVs are in vogue, and while we saw most buyers opting for them for their stylish exterior or active lifestyle image, some offerings – such as the Honda HR-V 2021 – also offer surprising practicality.
Given that Honda will discontinue the Fit hatchback after the 2020 model year, the HR-V will soon serve as the smallest vehicle in the North American brand lineup.
Fortunately, many of the things we love about the Fit continue to live on in the HR-V, including the new second row of Magic Seats, which folds down to turn the ute’s cabin into a cargo-carrying champion.
The rest of the HR-V’s interior is well constructed if styled in a bland style, and is filled with the many comforts that would satisfy most small SUV buyers. In our tests, the HR-V was very slow to accelerate, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Seltos.
Honda introduced the HR-V subcompact crossover to the United States in 2015, which means the model is likely to be replaced shortly.
The 2020 Honda HR-V has the benefit of being the largest and most spacious vehicle in its class, although we’d like to see it gain a little more power.
In the US, Honda only offers a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque while Europe receives a turbocharged version that makes 180 hp.
The US may never accept the turbocharged HR-V, but what if Honda had stepped up the power in some other way? Rendering artist Kleber Silva has just revealed his interpretation of the 2022 HR-V and it gives us an interesting idea.
2022 Honda HRV Rendering
The rendering takes inspiration from the Honda Insight which is a hybrid sedan.
The HR-V 2022 borrows the front fascia, headlamps, grille, taillights and wheel patterns from its hybrid sibling and even uses a black Toyota-inspired roof for added sportiness.
The Insight is already a very attractive vehicle so its design elements translate well into a crossover.
No powertrain specs are provided with the rendering, but we assume we will borrow the engine and hybrid system from Insight.
It won’t be a big power upgrade but the Insight’s 1.5-liter gas engine and electric motor combine to produce 151 hp, about 10 hp more than the current HR-V.
2022 Honda HRV Redesign
Sao Paulo-based digital artist Kleber Silva envisions the next-generation Honda HR-V in a much more premium avatar than the previous model.
It appears to be in the segment above the Creta or Seltos with upscale styling, bigger wheels, and stronger body lines.
This is just an ordinary rendering and one shouldn’t associate it with an actual product due next year. It borrows aesthetics from various existing Honda products, especially the Honda Insight 2021MY hybrid sedan.
On the other hand, the next-generation Honda Civic has started its prototyping phase – check out the latest spy pictures.
The DLO (daylight opening) side is borrowed from the current-generation Honda Accord global specifications. This provides a coupe-ish look without sacrificing headroom.
A similar trend can be observed in some modern crossovers / SUV-coupes. Overall, the Kleber Silva version of the Honda HR-V 2022MY packs all the elements of exterior styling to make it an attractive choice among urban UVs.
We’ve shared many of Kleber’s work, including the India-bound Hyundai Alcazar aka Creta 7-seater. Meanwhile, Honda Car India is ready to launch the long-awaited ‘5th Generation Honda City’ in India after a long delay caused by COVID-19 and its lockdown protocol.
It will be available in BS6 petrol and diesel formats. Sitting on an all-new platform, the next-generation Honda City may easily be the best choice in India’s C-segment sedan market.
It mainly rivals the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Toyota Glanza. Once the real Honda HR-V 2022MY enters the global market, one can expect news of its introduction in India.
Like most overseas markets, India is seeing a high demand for crossovers / compact SUVs.
2022 Honda HRV Engine
Slow, noisy, and not smooth, the HR-V’s four-cylinder engine will not satisfy your inner racer, and the continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission exacerbates engine rudeness.
With front-wheel drive, the HR-V set a time of 60 mph 8.6 seconds which is a bit sluggish. Adding all-wheel drive slows it down even further, to 9.5 seconds.
The HR-V maintains the Fit’s agile and vibrant hatchback handling on which it is based, but don’t push it too hard.
Choppiness when driving on rough roads and body roll when cornering can be overcome with better suspension damping, but when driving on flat roads or highways, the HR-V settles more evenly.
2022 Honda HRV Interior
Its classy and well-crafted interior may not make the heart beat fast, but the outside visibility is good and the passenger space is acceptable.
The most luxurious features are limited to the top-spec Touring models. The spacious front seats will provide sufficient head and legroom for all passengers except the tallest passenger.
The rear seats also have plenty of legroom, but not so much headroom, thanks to Honda’s sloping roofline.
HR-V party trick is the second-row Magic Seat. When removed, the back of the rear seat folds flat. Combined with a low load floor, it makes packing cargo a breeze.
The underside of the rear seats can also be flipped over, providing a deeper clearance between the front and rear seatbacks for taller items.
With the rear seats stowed away, we managed to fit our 22 totes inside – more than some of the larger crossovers can manage.
HR-V offers a Display Audio infotainment system that includes a volume knob, large on-screen icons, and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto integration.
This 7.0-inch touchscreen comes standard on all but the basic LX trim, which gets a simpler setup which is a radio with a color screen.
2022 Honda HRV MPG
It’s not the turbocharged HR-V we’d hoped for but it will be more efficient than the current model, which achieves up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The Insight can reach up to 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, although that figure should be reduced slightly due to the HR-V’s ride height and added weight. The new HR-V is likely to arrive in the next year or two and we expect it to look like this.
2022 Honda HRV Price
Sure, the HR-V isn’t the cheapest or the coolest subcompact SUV, but it’s a brilliant choice for people who want one of the most practical vehicles in its class.
Having said that, we think an intermediate level EX model is the one to get. While more expensive than the lower HR-V Sport, it has better standard features.
- LX: $ 22,000 (est)
- Sports: $ 24,000 (est)
- EX: $ 25,000 (est)
- EX-L: $ 27,000 (est)
- Touring: $ 30,000 (est)