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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 Honda HR-V AWD EX-L

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 37

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $28,950
Price as Tested: $30,590

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14
EPA City mpg25
EPA Highway mpg30
EPA Combined mpg27

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

Now in its second generation, Honda’s small SUV is basic transportation . . . plus. That is, the HR-V not only gets you where you’re going, it does so with proficiency and verve. For example, the cabin is spacious, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo and lots of storage options. And the interior fit and finish is quite good, especially on the EX-L trim. The HR-V is also engaging to drive, with nimble handling and good steering-wheel and braking feedback - that’s more than you can say for many entry-level SUVs. It also has a nice complement of standard advanced safety features, including traffic-jam assist and trafficsign recognition. Only blind-spot warning and parking sensors are optional. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. But, unfortunately, some of the HR-V’s qualities make for an unpleasant driving experience. For example, the drivetrain is underpowered and noisy, and a lot of that racket (abetted by road noise) makes it into the cabin. And although the infotainment is easy to use, it feels outdated. The front seats afford easy access, but intrusive wheel wells make getting into a backseat a bit difficult. As a counterpoint, however, it’s more than worth mentioning that the HR-V is a very good value: The top EX-L trim’s base price comes in under $30,000.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good value (starting price under $30K)
  • • Plenty of room for passengers and cargo
  • • Nimble, responsive handing and feedback
  • • Good set of ADAS features

Weak Points

  • • Underpowered drivetrain
  • • Noisy cabin (drivetrain and road noise)
  • • No power liftgate
  • • Instruments lack customization options

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3300.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 179.8 / 72.4 / 63.4
Wheelbase (in): 104.5
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Hankook Kinergy GT
Front and rear tire size: 215/60 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 DOHC VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 158 @ 6,500

Test Data

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Handling: 7.41
Quality and Drivability: 6.75

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