The Honda HR-V is a popular subcompact SUV that delivers impressive gas mileage, comfort, and safety. The 2021 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and every model comes equipped with a rearview camera, brake assistance, and other safety features.
While the current version of the HR-V earns high marks from critics and drivers, the maker thought it was time for a redesign, so the Honda HR-V is getting a complete overhaul for 2022. While not much is known about what to expect, a few tidbits have made their way to the public.
What We Love About the 2021 HR-V and What’s New for the 2022 Honda HR-V
There is a lot to love about the Honda HR-V, starting with the price. It starts at under $21,000 and tops out at about $26,000. You might not expect much for that price, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you take a closer look at the 2021 HR-V.
Small and sporty best describes the style of the 2021 Honda HR-V. If you opt for the Sport trim, you’ll get 18-inch alloy wheels, as opposed to the 17-inch wheels on the entry trim, the LX. Bumping up to the Sport will also get you fog lights, roof rails, black underbody spoilers, and a rear roofline spoiler. On the inside, the EX-L offers leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats, which also come on the EX.
One big hit in the interior was the Magic Seat, which folds nearly completely flat, which is a perk when you need to maximize cargo space. It’s this feature that makes the 2021 Honda HR-V one of the best in class for cargo.
Exterior color choices include:
- Aegean Blue Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Milano Red
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Midnight Amethyst Metallic
- Platinum White Pearl
Expect a fresher, modern design for the 2022 Honda HR-V. The new look is rumored to be minimalist with a classic feel that will appeal to buyers of all ages. A roomy storage bin will be added in front of the shifter. Also new will be a long air vent that divides the dash panel. The color options have yet to be announced. While it’s not official, it’s likely that the Magic Seat will be included in the redesign.
You don’t buy a subcompact SUV to win races off the line at a red light. Still, some found the single engine option to be a bit lacking. The only engine for the HR-V is a 1.8 liter, that delivers 141 HP and 127 lb-ft of torque. No other option is available, even for the top trim level. While the power is a little underwhelming for some drivers’ taste, the fuel economy is impressive. Expect 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.
Since so many people have said they wish there were another engine option, even if only on the upper trim levels, it will be interesting to see if the maker offers this on the 2022 update. Industry experts who watch this kind of thing feel there is a good chance another option may be available and that it will be an option only on top trim levels.
Impressive safety features have long been part of Honda’s lineup. On the 2021 HR-V, you’ll find front, rear, and side airbags, brake assist, DRLs, electronic stability control, child safety locks, and traction control. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist are available as options.
More standard safety and driver-assistance features are likely in the Honda HR-V 2022 redesign. The features mentioned above, which are now options, may be standard on the 2022 along with other features not yet available on the HR-V. Features not available at all on the 2021 HR-V may also be added during the 2022 redesign.
The base model of the 2021 HR-V doesn’t have the advanced tech features most drivers want, such as smartphone integration. The upper trim levels have more options, such as the ability to connect your smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Even with that, you’ll need to use the touchscreen to complete most audio functions. A 5-inch display with a USB comes standards, with an available upgrade to a 7-inch with navigation and a second USB port. Automatic climate control, remote start, and keyless entry are also available.
It’s hard to say exactly what to expect on the 2022 HR-V when it comes to tech, but some are saying it’s a good possibility that features, such as touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, may come standard on all trim levels. Features not available for 2021 will probably be added as well. These include in-dash navigation, Wi-Fi, and SiriusXM radios. Whether these will be standard on some trim levels or options across the board remains to be seen.
When Will The 2022 Honda HR-V Be Released?
The big question many want the answer to is when will the 2022 Honda HR-V be released. As the first quarter of 2021 dies down, and rumors of a 2021 release continue to swirl, interested buyers who are waiting for the 2022 update would love to have a date—even just an estimate.
It is still likely that the release will happen in 2021, but it will probably be late summer at the earliest.
Some good news is that even with major changes, only a small bump in the starting price is expected. As mentioned above, the starting price for the 2021 HR-V is just under $21,000. Estimates put the 2022 starting price at about $23,000. When you consider all the new and upgraded features, it’s worth it.
The team at Honda of Victoria is excited to learn more details about the 2022 Honda HR-V and to offer this impressive vehicle to our customers. We’re also looking forward to the 2022 Honda Civic and other updated options.