Honda dealerships will welcome in the latest version of the popular HR-V this week. The new model offers a new color and at a starting price of $20,200. It enters the new year with a shelf full of awards and at hotcake selling rate.
The model won the 2016 Green SUV of the Year award. It gets a 34-mpg highway and 28-mpg city rating with 2-wheel-drive and CVT. Honda boasts its coupe-like lines help with aerodynamics and style.
Don’t forget, it’s a Honda. It comes with plenty of standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora radio, and Bluetooth.
A new Lunar Silver Metallic color is offered for 2017. It basically replaces last year’s Alabaster Silver.
The base LX model comes standard with 2WD and 6-speed manual transmission. A Continuously Variable Transmission adds on $800. If you’re interested in the LX with all-wheel-drive add on another $1,300. Two-wheel drive with CVT gets the best fuel economy.
There are two trims above the LX. The EX and the EX-L with Navigation. The EX offers the same choices for powertrains as the LX. It starts at $22,250 with manual. The EX-L does not offer manual. It starts at $25,675.
Compared to the 2016, each 2017 trim gets an $100 to $200 price increase.
The model’s power comes from a 1.8-liter SOHC engine. It uses an i-VTEC valvetrain with 16-valves and 4-cylinders. Output tops at 141-horsepower with 127 pound-feet of torque. The efficient CVT uses Honda’s “G-design” shift logic.
The new model year begins hot on the heels of great August sales month. Honda reports that the HR-V jumped in sales by 66 percent just last month. That totals 7,580 HR-V’s sold, which is on par with the growing interest in smaller SUVs market wide.