The Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover sport utility vehicle, manufactured and sold by Honda. The Honda HR-V Crossover was produced from 1999 to 2006, and it was first introduced in Japan during the late 2013 under the name, the Honda Vezel, and it was first publicized for the Australian and North American markets during early 2014.
The short form HR-V, consistent with the HR-V history website of Honda, formally represents the Hi-rider for HR Revolutionary Vehicle for RV. The Honda HR-V Crossover was introduced to serve the demand for automobiles with the benefits of sport utility vehicles, such as bigger cargo space and advanced visibility, together with the performance, maneuverability and fuel economy of a smaller sedan.
The first generation Honda HR-V Crossover was constructed on the Civic platform. The HR-V crossover is recognized as one among the earliest low nitrogen oxide emissions vehicles and unique character.
The Real Time four-wheel drive system arrives from the CR-V and uses a double hydraulic pump back differential, where the four-wheel drive system is hydraulically made active when the front wheels lose grip The Honda HR-V crossover also uses improved suspension and drive shafts. Variations were manufactured for New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Rim and for the Philippines, and for its home automobile market of Japan.
Then in 2002, a revised Honda HR-V Crossover was introduced with a few exterior design changes and with a fresh interior. Earlier than its time in terms of plan for pedestrian protection, the HR-V accommodates four passengers and it includes contemporary safety features, like Anti-lock braking system brakes with the electronic brake force distribution, double supplemental restraint system airbags, in addition to other features, like electric windows, electric mirrors, folding back seats, heat absorbing windows, power steering, air conditioning, front mist lights, and a back spoiler, incorporating an LED brake light range.
The second-generation and the current model Honda HR-V Crossover was unveiled at the Auto Show in New York in 2014 as a concept sedan with the manufactured model introduced later at the Auto Show in Los Angles in 2014. This model vehicle shares the similar platform as that of the third-generation Honda Fit and is mostly indistinguishable to the Honda Vezel that went on sale during December 2013 in Japan. The Honda HR-V Crossover will be smaller than both Pilot and CR-V, again providing Honda with a range with three commercial utility vehicles.
The Honda HR-V Crossover that was introduced in the United States was manufactured at the assembly plant of Honda in Celaya, Mexico beside the Honda Fit. The Honda HR-V Crossover was on sale during May 2015 as the 2016 model year vehicle. The Honda HR-V Crossover is powered by an Inline-4, 1.8-liter, i-VTEC I4 SOHC engine, which was coupled with either to a Continuously variable transmission or with a six-paced manual transmission. The front-wheel drive automatic transmission models offer a mileage of 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the combined mileage of 31 mpg, whereas the all-wheel drive models offer a mileage of 27mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the combined mileage of 29 mpg.
The Thailand-market Honda HR-V Crossover went on sell in Asia during November 2014 and its sales were expected to be increased to other Asian automobile markets from 2015.