May 8, 2015
A LITTLE HONDA NEWS by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I guess you can’t have too many compact crossovers in the market. Honda must feel the same way. The new HR-V goes on sale May 15 as the Japanese automaker’s entry into what it calls the “entry crossover market.” Based on the sub-compact Fit hatch, the HR-V’s 1.8L, 141 hp four-cylinder is borrowed from the Civic sedan, and the all-wheel drive unit is right out of the larger CR-V. A six-speed manual is standard on LX and EX 2WD models (and not available with AWD) while a CVT (continuously variable transmission... okay, an automatic) is standard on all others. Depending on your drivetrain (2WD or AWD, stick or automatic), expect gas mileage to range from the high 20s to the low-to-mid 30s. Honda will offer the HR-V in three different trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. Points off to Honda for the naming of that last one! Styling, while not ground-breaking, will not give its owners any kind of a complex, as it fits right in with other compact SUVs. Its concealed rear door handles, according to Honda, :...further enhance the HR-V's coupe-like appearance.” (What is the appeal of a four-door looking like a coupe, anyway? Just asking.) Pricing should start at $19,115 for the LX 2WD version, and top out at a starting price of $28,840 for the (ugh) EX-L Navi AWD. ### Jim Corbran, Automotive columnist for Artvoice Read You Auto Know every other week in Artvoice, and check the YAK blog daily here: http://blogs.artvoice.com/avdaily/category/you-auto-know/ The post A LITTLE HONDA NEWS appeared first on Buffalo Cars.