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2023 Honda HR-V: 4 things to know

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The Honda HR-V will be all-new for the 2023 model year, but other than some exterior photos and vague details, we don’t have too much information just yet.

But here are four things we do know.

Complete redesign

This is a complete redesign, which marks the second generation for this compact SUV. We know the underpinnings are based on the Honda Civic, which is all new for 2022. So, we’ll see some exterior design cues – like the lighting signatures – that will resemble those of the new Civic. The grille, roofline and exterior lines also get a facelift, and the overall effect is something that looks more curvaceous and elegant.

Larger than last gen

One of the vague details Honda shared in its 350-word press release is that the new HR-V will have a longer wheel and wider stance. If you take a look at previous HR-V specs versus the new Civic specs, we could see a wheelbase increase of round 4 inches, and an overall length increase of around 14 inches.

New powertrain

While Honda hasn’t released any specifics, it has stated the new HR-V will get a more responsive engine and a new independent rear suspension. Though Civic and HR-V haven’t previously shared the same engine specs, it would be interesting if Honda gave this next-gen SUV the Civic inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, that would account for an increase of 17 horsepower and 11 pound-feet of torque.

Available this summer

We don’t have an exact drop date for the new HR-V, and saying “this summer” means we could see the new version available anywhere from June to September. So, you’ll have to stay tuned there. We expect more details to drop within the next couple weeks.

The bottom line on the 2023 Honda HR-V

Though the 2023 Honda HR-V has been “revealed,” we still don’t know very much about it. We have just four photos and a very brief press release. We see nothing of the interior, but knowing it’s based on the Civic, I think we can assume it will get some of the same honeycomb interior dash access and a more up-level look and feel to the materials.

What’s clear is Honda intends for this version of the HR-V to be a little sportier and to attract a younger – or at least more youthful – customer.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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