2016 Honda HR-V (Vezel) Review, Release Date

The 2016 Honda HR-V, a.k.a. Vezel, is a sporty crossover vehicle that most people will find attractive. It will go on sale in the U.S. in spring of 2015. Its Japanese counterpart went on sale this December, after it made a debut at the 2014 LA International Auto Show.

front view

2016 Honda HR-V Design

Customers will be able to choose among three variants of the 2016 Honda HR-V. These include the LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. This crossover looks similar to the Fit or CR-V, but still retains a bit of its own styling. It looks like an amalgamation of an SUV and sporty coupe, and we mean it in a good way. It has an elegant front end with small grille and sloped hood. Viewed from the side, you can notice that the car’s roof was inspired by coupe models. It rides on a 17-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels. Doors are characterized by distinctive contours and lines. The rear door handles are hidden behind the rear mirrors. The rear end also look elegant and sporty, with large taillights, small roof spoiler, shaped tailgate, and black bumper.

rear view

Interior Styling

The 2016 Honda HR-V has very spacious interior, thanks to its platform design. All passengers will be able to enjoy in comfy ride, and there is a lot of space for all the stuff and luggage. The cabin consists of soft-touch and plastic materials, with chrome trims. The dashboard features a 7-inch touchscreen display with Honda LaneWatch infotainment system, SiriusXM and HD radio, as well as GPS navigation. The steering wheel has additional controls for audio system and navigation. Behind it is an analog instrument cluster with one interesting feature – the speedometer ring changes color depending on fuel consumption.


Engine, Specs, Performance

Honda put a 1.8L i-VTEC I-4 engine under the hood of the 2016 Honda HR-V, which is able to generate 138 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a CVT, available on the both standard 2WD and optional AWD models. A 6-speed manual gearbox is exclusive to 2WD models. There are no details on the EPA ratings, but Honda promises improved fuel economy for this crossover. The Japanese model is known as the 2016 Honda Vezel, and it comes with different engine. It is powered by a 1.5-liter DOHC inline-4 engine which produces 129 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of twist. It also comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission. There’s also a Hybrid variant which adds an electric battery, producing additional 30 hp and 118 lb-ft.


Honda Vezel Release Date, Price

The 2016 Honda HR-V (Vezel) made its official world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, where it caught the attention of the public. When it comes to its release date, it is scheduled to go on sale in the beginning of 2015, most likely in the spring. It will be available in the United States, however, its price is not known at this moment. Experts predict that it could cost between $17,500 and $19,000. The Vezel went on sale in Japan this December for the starting price of 1,923,429 Yen (~ $16,195).


For the end, you can take a look at the rest of the pictures posted in the photo gallery below.

2016 Honda HR-V front

rear view



storage area

And here’s a photo of the Japanese counterpart, the 2016 Honda Vezel S.

2016 Honda Vezel S

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