The small crossover is quite popular with millennials as it ranks as the fifth most Googled car.
The fifth most Googled car during 2015 was Honda‘s new compact crossover, the HR-V. News Factor reported Friday that the HR-V is a key model running the current crossover craze in the American automotive industry.
The baby brother of Honda’s CR-V crossover, the HR-V is an even tinier version of the small crossover. The paradox is evident. An affordable and small crossover, the HR-V has a starting price of under $20,000 with athletic styling and tech features that have been attracting many millennials to the market.
The HR-V starts at $19,115 and has an estimated fuel economy of 28/35. An economic option to haul people, things and groceries, the HR-V is a practical option for younger buyers trying to break out of the compact car market into something more versatile. The Billings Gazette observes that the crossover mimics coupe-like lines which create a sporty stance for the HR-V.
Equally as sporty is the interior which sports “floating” illumination rings in the dashboard, a plethora of soft-touch surfaces and Honda’s Eco Assist feature which notifies drivers when they are driving in a gas-saving or gas-wasting manner. Under the hood is a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The already light HR-V doesn’t need much more power than this to propel it quickly through city traffic.
The HR-V comes in response to other small crossovers flooding the market like the Fiat 500X, the crossover version of the tiny Fiat 500 coupe. Starting at $20,000 the Fiat is only a few hundred dollars more than the Honda with a 24/35 mpg rating which is very similar to the Honda. Coupe-like in it’s own way, the Fiat mimics many of the attractive styling cues of the Honda.
Equipped on the Honda which gives it a leg up on the Fiat is the attractive 7-inch touch screen infotainment system that comes standard in the HR-V which boasts HD radio, Sirius XM radio and USB connectivity. Smartphones can connect to the HR-V via bluetooth technology to play music from a driver or passenger’s phone directly over the Honda’s speakers. Honda HD digital traffic also comes subscription-free in the HR-V which adds a standard level of practicality to the infotainment infrastructure of the crossover. Backup and side view cameras also come standard on the HR-V which allow drivers to see their blind spots blown up on the 7-inch touch screen. These features will likely come in handy as the IHSA aims to make these key features in their new way of ranking safety in vehicles.
The HR-V remains popular with millennials as an inexpensive way to purchase a crossover with styling cues of sporty coupes. Even as competitors attempt to draw buyers away from the Honda, the HR-V stands it’s own ground.