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Auto review: New Honda HR-V is stylish, roomy and fun. Until you put your foot into it

Henry Payne, The Detroit News on

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But on the whole, this is a stylish, roomy vehicle that punches above its price point. Sitting in Summit’s paddock next to the Honda, a friend pointed at the HR-V’s clay-blue wardrobe.

“I like that color,” he said. “Very fashionable.”

In the middle of a sea of race cars sporting all kinds of entertaining paint jobs, it’s no small feat for a small SUV to get noticed. Just a few yards away, a trio of red, yellow and blue F1600s flashed by — nose to tail — down the pit straight.

If a little more of that sportiness rubs off on the HR-V’s engine bay, the Honda will be complete.

2023 Honda HR-V

Vehicle type: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger subcompact SUV

 

Price: $24,895, including $1,245 destination fee ($30,590 as tested)

Powerplant: 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder

Power: 158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque

Transmission: Continuously variable automatic (CVT)

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