Honda HR-V to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show


Automotive product lineups change over time.  Cars simply get bigger and a new entry-level model is created.  This is the case with the Honda CR-V.  Customers may be asking for more room while maintaining the reputable Honda reliability and functionality.

Now, the CR-V is bigger.

Honda is now introducing the Honda HR-V.

"The all-new Honda HR-V entry crossover ( will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 19. Previously seen only in pictures, the HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size and competing in an all-new segment for the brand.With sleek styling and expressive character lines, the HR-V is anticipated to launch this winter. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the critically-acclaimed Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to an innovative center fuel tank layout. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat®, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space.[via Honda. 2014. Honda HR-V Crossover to Make North American Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. [Press Release]]"

Recent sales of the Mazda CX-5 have shot up. It’s not surprising for Honda to make a more direct competitor the the sport Mazda CX-5.

The Honda Fit is a tremendous entry-level value, but it is seen as a compact car rather than a crossover or Sport-Utility Vehicle.  Some may consider the Honda Fit underpowered with 130 horsepower and 114lb.-ft. of torque, considering it can hold five passengers and carry cargo as well.

The Honda CR-V nearly weighs 1,000lbs. more in curb weight, but has 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque.

If the Honda HR-V can reach a happy medium, or better yet, retain the CR-V four-cylinder while weighing less, this may be the sporty crossover that can compete against the Mazda CX-5 directly.