The Uniquely Personal and Functional 2016 Honda HR-V Launches in July Bringing a Shot of Energy to Growing Subcompact SUV Market

With bold and sporty coupe-like styling, SUV versatility, 6.7L/100 km  highway fuel economy rating (2WD CVT), and Honda packaging magic, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is set to challenge the growing subcompact SUV market when it hits Honda dealerships across Canada on July 10. The all-new Honda HR-V crossover will deliver incredible value with a long list of standard features and technologies including 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Display Audio System, rearview camera with guidelines,  and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®1 – all for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at just $ 20,690.

Available in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, the 2016 HR-V is powered by a highly refined and efficient 1.8-litre 4-cylinder 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC® engine producing a peak 141 horsepower2 and 127 lb.-ft. of torque3. The engine is paired with one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions, a seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging, short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.The HR-V also targets class-leading safety ratings and features Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection. The HR-V is expected to achieve top safety ratings: an NCAP five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2016 HR-V Pricing and NRCan Fuel Economy Ratings




NRCan FE L/100km 4 Ratings (city/highway/combined)


2WD w/ 6MT




2WD w/ CVT








2WD w/ 6MT




2WD w/ CVT







EX-L Navi




Developed on the new global platform, the HR-V utilizes a centre-mounted fuel tank layout and reconfigurable 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to deliver voluminous interior space along with a flexible cabin featuring multiple seating/cargo modes. With 2835Litres of passenger space and 1665Litres of cargo volume (LX FWD) with the 2nd-Row seats folded down, the HR-V has space to rival some competitors' compact SUV offerings.

The HR-V's dynamic appearance and sporty, solid stance is aided by its coupe-like cabin shape and bold and powerfully tapered face. Distinctive side contours, including a sharply upswept character line and deeply sculpted lower body flow into a tapered rear fascia that adds to the visual appeal. Concealed rear door handles further enhance the HR-V's coupe-like appearance.

The equally sporty and sophisticated interior features an expansive, airy cockpit with an abundance of soft-touch materials and premium detailing punctuated by precise bezels, sophisticated stitch lines and up-market brushed chrome and piano black highlights – all fitting its mission as a youthful yet refined personal crossover vehicle. The three-meter driver's instrument cluster features "floating" illumination rings and Honda's ECO Assist™ feature, wherein the speedometer illumination changes from white to green depending on current fuel efficiency.

2016 HR-V Key Packaging Specifications

Wheelbase, mm.


Length, mm.


Width, mm.


Height, mm.


Passenger volume, Litres.

2835 (LX), 2721 (EX, EX-L Navi)

Cargo volume, Litres.

688 rear seats up (FWD)

657 rear seats up (AWD)

1665 rear seats down (LX, EX FWD)

1631 rear seats down (LX AWD)

1583 rear seats down
(EX,EX-L Navi AWD)

Seating capacity


Powertrain and Drivetrain

Power comes from a highly refined and responsive 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain, producing a peak 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda "G-design" shift logic, or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission (LX and EX FWD). The HR-V is available with front-wheel-drive or with Honda's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ for outstanding all-weather traction and control.

2016 HR-V Powertrain Specifications Overview


SOHC i-VTEC® inline 4-cylinder


1.8 litres

SAE Horsepower @ rpm

141 @ 6500

SAE Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft.)

127 @ 4300

Fuel supply system

Programmed Fuel Injection


CVT or 6-speed manual

Drive System

Front-wheel drive/Real Time AWD

Fuel type

Regular unleaded

Emissions certification (CARB/EPA)

Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle

Body and Chassis

The HR-V utilizes a unique centre-mounted fuel tank layout that enables the 2nd-Row Magic Seat® to fold completely flat into the floor, creating a more spacious and versatile interior package. Driving efficiency, handling performance and cabin quietness are further aided by an aerodynamic shape and a lightweight yet rigid body structure with significant noise-insulating materials and design features. The body utilizes Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for enhanced frontal collision protection, and 27 percent of the body is composed of advanced ultra-high strength steel for improved rigidity that enhances collision-protection, handling response, ride quality and a quiet cabin environment.

Fully independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension systems with amplitude reactive dampers maximize rear seating and cargo space while also providing outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality. Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a refined and sporty steering feel while minimizing energy requirements. All models feature power-assisted four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Hill Start Assist, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 215/55R17 all-season tires.

2016 HR-V Key Body and Chassis Specifications

Track, F/R, mm


Turning radius,m


Curb Weight, kg. (FWD 6MT/CVT)

LX:  1,314/ 1,320

EX:  1,325/1,332


Curb Weight, kg. (AWD CVT)

LX:  1,389
EX:  1,407

EX-L Navi:  1,413

Fuel capacity, L.


Ground clearance, mm.
not loaded/loaded


Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology

Utilizing advanced safety technologies and design features, including Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure, the HR-V is expected to achieve top-class collision safety performance ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the rigorous IIHS small-overlap frontal collision test.

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®6)electronic stability control system; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera7; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; driver and front passenger SmartVent® side airbags; side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions;. Honda LaneWatch®9 display is included with EX and EX-L Navi trims. Furthermore EX-L Navi trim is equipped with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) safety systems.

Features and Trims

The HR-V offers a high level of standard equipment for an affordable crossover vehicle, along with a long list of available premium features to accommodate a wide variety of consumer needs. LX and EX trims with front-wheel drive can be equipped with either the 6-speed manual transmission or sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT),.  Models with Real Time AWD™ are available only with a CVT.

LX comfort and convenience features

  • 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio12 connectivity interface
  • Electric parking brake
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, cruise control, and Bluetooth®10 HandsFreeLink® phone interface
  • Automatic climate control system with air filtration
  • 160-watt, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability
  • 2 USB inputs11
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface
  • Auto-off headlights
  • Cargo area light
  • ECO Assist with ECON mode
  • 12-volt power outlets (front/second row/Trunk)
  • LED taillights
  • One-touch turn signals
  • LED pocket light
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Reverse-linked intermittent rear windshield wiper
  • 60/40 split 2nd-Row Magic Seat®
  • Speed-sensitive audio volume control
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Siri Eyes Free Compatibility
  • Body coloured heated side mirrors with expanded View Driver's Mirror
  • Floor mats
  • SMS Text Message functionality
  • Front Wiper De-icer

EX additions

  • Honda LaneWatch® Display
  • 180-watt, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Smart Entry and Push-Button Start
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (CVT only)
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Dual Zone Automatic climate control system with air filtration
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Cargo Cover
  •  Mirror Integrated LED Turn IndicatorsVariable intermittent wipers
  • Lighted vanity mirrors
  • Chrome interior door handles, speaker rings and air vent trims

EX-L Navi additions

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™14
  • Leather steering wheel and leather shift knob
  • Rear-seat centre armrest
  • SiriusXM®15 radio,
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)/Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Auto day/night rearview mirror
  • Roof rails

The 2016 Honda HR-V is covered by a comprehensive 3-year/60,000-kilometre new vehicle limited warranty and a 5-year/100,000-kilometre powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Honda Roadside Assistance, which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance during the 3-year/60,000-kilometre new vehicle limited warranty term. The HR-V was developed by Honda R&D Co. Ltd. in Japan, and will be manufactured alongside the Fit subcompact car at Honda's eighth and newest auto plant in North American, in Celaya, Mexico.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $$1,695 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary

2 141 horsepower @ 6500 rpm (SAE net)

3 127 lb-ft @4300 rpm (SAE net)

4 Based on 2016 NRCan FE ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your fuel economy  will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

5 LEV2 ULEV (Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle) models as certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

6 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

7 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.

8  For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

9 Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.

10 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

11 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work.

12  The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.

14 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L Navi trims in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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