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A Closer Look at the 2023 Honda HR-V

2023 Honda HR-V

The 2023 Honda HR-V is an SUV based on the 11th-generation Honda Civic. This Honda HR-V car is larger than its predecessor. According to CNET, this SUV is 9 inches longer, and its wheelbase has been stretched by 1.7 inches. Honda designed this car with a low horizontal beltline and a sleek roofline to give the car a sporty feel. The impressive aspect of this car is its luggage space. It provides 24.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat. As a result, adult passengers have plenty of headroom and legroom. To reduce back strain, the load height is 27 inches which is low enough to ensure straightening of your back. Furthermore, you can create space by dropping the SUV's 60/40-split rear backrest, which expands the cargo hold to 55.1 cubes. Below are the features of this SUV that you should know about.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)

CMBS is a driver-assist technology developed by Honda which detects a possible front-end collision and then warns the driver to brake. According to Honda of Watertown, CMBS is part of the Honda Sensing safety suite and is available in most new Honda vehicles. CMBS uses a radar transmitter which is mounted in the front grille trim. It measures the distance of obstacles in front of you and the closing speed of the obstacles. The system also uses a high-resolution camera that captures objects in front of you. If the camera senses an object in front of you, it will give you visual and audio warnings. In case you do not brake soon enough, CMBS will automatically apply the brakes.

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

RDM is another feature of the Honda Sensing safety suite that you should know about. The feature helps to keep this car in its lane at all times. For instance, you may drift too close to the side of the detected roadway at speeds of between 45-90 mph. Typically, when drivers drift to the other side, they will not have put on their turn signals. Since you veered off without turn signals, RDM alerts you through rapid vibrations on the steering wheel. If you continue to leave the roadway, the feature will instead apply braking and steering torque so that your car stays in the detected lane. RDM uses a windshield-mounted camera that records lane and road markings. It has an instrument panel that displays the warning whenever you veer off the lane. The feature will only work correctly when driving between 45-90 mph on a straight or slightly curved road. Many people may confuse RDM with Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), but they play a different role. LKAS keeps you in your lane while RDM warns you when you veer off the road.

Wheel Type

The car runs on 17-inch alloy wheels. Alloy wheels are generally revered for their aesthetics due to the shape of the rims and their shiny appearance. As attractive as they are, they serve important functional roles. First, they are very effective when it comes to fuel economy since they are lightweight. According to Fast Co, they are 20% lighter than steel wheels. As a result, they lower the car's overall weight, allowing you to use less power to move. Contrast that with steel wheels which consume a lot of power due to how much gas you would need to push a heavy car. Additionally, the lightweight of the alloy wheels also improves the acceleration and braking time. Once again, you will be using less effort to move. Therefore, these wheels come in handy when you are faced with a situation whereby you could be involved in an auto accident. For instance, you will be able to brake in time or move away quickly from danger.

Automatic Climate Control

Automatic climate control is currently the most advanced air conditioning system. In most cars, you must manually operate the car's air conditioning, which is somewhat distracting. While you are busy turning the knob to adjust the air condition function, your eyes will not be on the road. As a result, there is a chance you could hit an object. Thankfully this car's cooling feature allows you to set your preferred temperatures before you drive. Not all people in the car may want to cool off. In most air conditioners, the temperature remains the same for everyone in the car. However, this feature allows you to independently set different temperatures for those at the front and the back.

Engine Type

This car uses a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Its engine delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Most drivers agree that the best horsepower should range between 200 and 300. Since this car has a low horsepower based on what some drivers expect, they may not like this SUV. However, some people love to cruise, so they will be impressed with this engine. Although some drivers may not like this car's engine because of its low horsepower, it is efficient in terms of fuel economy. That is evident since you will likely be driving at a consistent speed. Another benefit of this engine is its low emissions rate. Your car needs to emit less waste into the air since you wouldn't want to be the reason for causing global warming. Therefore this engine is ideal for environmentally-conscious people.


The 2023 Honda HR-V SUV caters to two types of drivers: those after visual appeal and those after functionality. In terms of visual appeal, we highlighted how sporty its body looked as well as its alloy wheels. Some car manufacturers emphasize so much on the external appearance and forget to make it good functionally. Thankfully, this car is not only attractive on the outside but on the inside too. This car is designed in such a way that it reduces your gas consumption. That is evidenced by its alloy wheels and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. While these features improve fuel economy, ultimately, your driving techniques are what will lower your fuel consumption. For instance, you could avoid constantly accelerating.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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