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Auto review: Honda HR-V continues the commuter tradition

Marc D. Grasso, Boston Herald on

Published in Automotive News

In 2023, with gas prices elevated and interest rates still rising, the cost to drive continues to go up and up. It's a good thing, then, that Honda's mindset has not changed. It continues to produce affordable vehicles that last a long time and meet or exceed commuters' expectations, all while looking good.

For years, Honda has set the standard for economical and dependable sedans such as the ever popular Civic and Accord, but now it's making its mark in the SUV market with the HR-V. This week’s tester, the 2023 Honda HR-V AWD EX-L, a 5-door commuter SUV, offers economical transportation for small families and daily commuters.

The 2023 model has a much improved exterior presence over prior generations, while on the inside it offers the convenience and utility we've come to expect from Honda, with its easy-to-use 9-inch color touchscreen infotainment system and standard rear camera. Superlative comfort, ample legroom for its class and excellent sight lines makes this a top choice in Grasso’s Garage.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the the HR-V its Top Safety Pick + rating, giving it “superior” marks in all categories for front crash prevention ratings. These are ratings that consumers weigh seriously, especially for smaller vehicles, to know that the vehicle they are buying has been designed well enough to keep them safe in the event of an accident.

The Honda HR-V ticks all the boxes for a variety of consumers: commuters, new families, those shopping for a good first car and those who are downsizing.

With an MSRP that is under $30,000, the HR-V delivers great bang for the buck. It’s so good that we have declared it Grasso’s Garage Economical SUV of the Year. I wouldn’t expect any less from Honda.


2023 Honda HR-V AWD EX-L

MSRP: $28,950

As Tested: $30,590

MPG: 25 city/30 highway/27 as tested

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