Honda has been keeping the HR-V's powertrain a closely guarded secret – until now. All of them get a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 138 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque with the choice of either a six-speed manual or CVT. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available, but the six-speed is only available on front-driving models.
Based on the same platform as the Fit, the HR-V actually doesn't seem to share much with its smaller sibling in terms of looks and instead borrows more cues from its big brother – the latest 2015 CR-V. Bits of Honda's larger crossover peek out in the grille and roof shape, but the HR-V reinterprets the design in its own funky way. Hiding the rear door handles near the rear pillar is an especially clever touch. The compact's wheelbase is 102.8 inches, just 0.3 inches shorter than its larger sibling. However, overall length for the new model is 169.1 inches, about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V.
"The new HR-V crossover is a true segment-busting vehicle, unlike anything else on the market today," said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda Division, in the company's model announcement.
Inside, the HR-V gets an airy cockpit with some convenient standard features, including Hill Start Assist and a multi-angle rearview camera. Further options include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the company's LaneWatch system, and the CUV is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trims. The Magic Seat storage system from the Fit allows for up to 58.8 cubic feet of rear storage – a little less than the CR-V's 70.9 cubic feet. Honda also expects the compact crossover to earn top scores in crash tests.