Honda’s subcompact HR-V crossover was one of the first contenders in this rapidly growing class and this well-to-ride and flexible-interior model still remains in the top of the recommendation list. The brand has been overhauling the crossover SUV range and we saw recently the all-new Honda Passport and refreshed Pilot SUV. The HR-V received also the number of updates for the 2019 version including the front and rear styling refresh, updated interior and tech features and the addition of new Sport and Touring trims.
The next 2020 Honda HR-V won’t bring substantial design upgrades and the model also has the up-to-date tech and safety equipment. Still, Honda will likely offer the new body color options and possibly the new exterior theme. Honda promised also the hybridization of the entire light truck range but there are no hints yet that the next version will get this option. The addition of the turbocharged gasoline mill is among the possibilities as some reports claim as well.
2020 Honda HR-V: Design
The recently refreshed, Honda Fit-related, subcompact crossover will continue to benefit from the last year styling updates and there won’t be substantial design or structural changes until the next full redesign. Buyers should expect the next 2020 Honda HR-V with the new color options and wheel styles.
The smallest in Honda SUV range model has an attractive appearance with the nicely defined body lines. The model combines actually the crossover and coupe styling cues which seems like the good combination from the visual perspective. The HR-V has up-to-date grille style and the new design of the headlights. Honda refreshed also the look of the bumpers and taillights for the 2019 mid-update.
The model will use the 17-inch alloy wheels on the base version and update the styling of the Sport version with 18-inch units and add dark trim exterior accents.
Honda updated also the interior of the popular HR-V for the 2019 version. The model received the reshaped front seats and upgraded upholstery quality plus improved sound insulation. The part of the mid-update was also improved infotainment system and safety equipment.
The HR-V will provide the 5-inch center display, Bluetooth, rearview camera and we could also see the extension of the actives safety systems to the base trim. The Sport trim will add larger wheels, additional sound insulation, a 7-inch center display. The upper grades will add the heated seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, etc.
The Safety Sense Suite available currently in the EX trim and higher could be introduced in lower trims as well.
2020 Honda HR-V: Powertrains
The current Honda HR-V goes on sale in the US with the single, naturally aspirated engine. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill makes 141 horsepower and torque 121 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Honda HR-V will also return this engine in the combination with the continuously variable transmission and dilemma between the front- and all-wheel drive. With this power unit, the model will provide a 28/34 mpg city-highway fuel economy with the 2WD. The 4WD versions will return 27/31 mpg.
The big news for the 2020 version could be the inclusion of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine as per the latest reports. A 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine with the power around 174 hp like in the Civic hatch would be the great upgrade for the subcompact crossover but Honda hasn’t yet confirmed this possibility. The HR-V should also get the hybrid powertrain but it still remains unclear when Honda will install it.
2020 Honda HR-V: Release, Price
The 2020 Honda HR-V will have the launch date in late 2019. The price will again start slightly above $20, 000.