Honda HR-V

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Honda HR-V
Manufacturer Honda
Production 1998–2006
Model years 1999–2006
Body and chassis
Class Mini crossover
Body style 3-door SUV (first generation)
5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive

The Honda HR-V is a nameplate used on two distinct vehicles manufactured and marketed by Honda: a mini SUV which was produced from 1999 until 2006, and a forthcoming subcompact crossover announced in 2014. The forthcoming model has already been released in Japan under the name Honda Vezel.

The abbreviation HR-V, according to Honda's HR-V history website,[1] officially stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle. The HR-V was introduced to cater for the demand for vehicles with the benefits of SUVs (in particular its bigger brother the Honda CR-V), such as increased cargo room and higher visibility, along with the maneuverability, performance and fuel economy of a smaller car.

First generation (1999-2006)[edit]

Honda HR-V
Production 1998–2006
Body and chassis
Body style 3 door CUV (GH1 & GH2)
5 door CUV (GH3 & GH4)
Layout Front WD (GH1 & GH3)
Real Time 4WD (GH2 & GH4)
Related Honda Logo
Honda City
Honda Capa
Engine D16A 1.6 L I4 16V
Transmission Honda Multimatic S
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,350 mm (92.5 in)
2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length 4,000–4,100 mm (157.5–161.4 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Curb weight 1,200–1,300 kg (2,646–2,866 lb)

The HR-V was built on the supermini platform used by the Honda Logo, while the larger CR-V was built on the Civic platform. Known as one of the earliest low emissions vehicles (in terms of nitrogen oxides) and unique character, the HR-V is now considered one of the first original crossover SUVs.

Designed as the "Wild and Joyfull J-WJ" concept vehicle and exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, the HR-V emerged as a futuristic and lightweight cross-country vehicle in 1998, exclusive to Honda dealership network called Honda Verno in Japan. The Honda HR-V was soon put into production due to its popularity and marketed toward a younger demographic as the "Joy Machine" in 1999. The HR-V was shipped to Europe with either a Honda D16W1 type 1.6L SOHC or a four-wheel drive SOHC VTEC Honda D16W5 type engine. An automatic continuously variable transmission gearbox was also an engine option, however, the main criticism of the HR-V was the lack of a diesel engine option. The three door versions were discontinued in 2003 and five door versions in 2006.

The Real Time 4WD system comes from the CR-V and uses utilizes a dual hydraulic pump rear differential, where the 4WD system is hydraulically activated when the front wheels lose traction. The HR-V also uses enhanced drive shafts and suspension. Variations were produced for Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Pacific Rim and for its home market of Japan. The HR-V was revised in 2002 with some exterior styling changes and a new interior. Ahead of its time in terms of design for pedestrian safety, the HR-V seats four people and includes modern safety features such as ABS brakes with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags, as well as other features such as electric mirrors, electric windows, folding rear seats, power steering, heat absorbing windows, air conditioning, front fog lights and a rear spoiler housing an LED brake light array.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque
1.6 D16W1
1,590 cc 77 kW (105 PS) @6.200 rpm 138 N·m (102 lb·ft) @3,400 rpm
1.6 VTEC D16W5 1,590 cc 92 kW (125 PS) @6.700 rpm 142 N·m (105 lb·ft) @4,900 rpm

Second generation (2015-)[edit]

Main article: Honda Vezel
Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V Prototype - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2014 - 005.jpg
Production 2015-present
Model years 2016-present
Assembly Celaya, Mexico
Karawang, Indonesia
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5-door CUV
Related Honda Fit

The second-generation Honda HR-V debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show as a concept car, with the production model unveiled later at the 2014 LA Auto Show. It shares the same platform as the third-generation Fit and is largely identical to the Vezel, which went on sale in Japan in December 2013. HR-V will be smaller than both CR-V and Pilot, again (after the demise of Element) giving Honda a range with three CUVs.[2]

The US-market HR-V will be manufactured at Honda's Celaya, Mexico assembly plant alongside Fit and go on sale in Spring 2015 as a 2016 model. It will be powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC I4 engine mated to a CVT transmission similar to the Civic. Fuel economy for front-wheel drive (FWD) automatic models is rated at 28/35/31 mpg (city/highway/combined) or 27/32/29 mpg for all-wheel drive (AWD) models.[3]


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