Flash Drive

2023 Honda HR-V

Model Tested: 2023 Honda HR-V 5DR AWD EX-L

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L is a sharp looking compact crossover SUV.

Engine: 2.0-liter I-4, 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 25-mpg city, 30-mpg highway, 27-mpg combined

Base Price: $28,950

As Tested: $30,590


Pleasant city and highway ride

Reasonably good fuel economy—our best was 31.8-mpg highway

2023 Honda HR-V hatch opens high and the flat floor enhances cargo capabilities.

CVT transmission a little lethargic

Three drive modes: Normal, Econ, Snow

Separate hill descent button

Blind spot monitor

Fine safety features


Stretch-out driver and front passenger legroom

Supportive seats but no power lumbar

Ample headroom

Medium thick, slightly contoured

This cutaway shows the interior space in a 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L

leather steering wheel

Excellent range tilt/telescopic column

Dual zone HVAC controls

Heated front seats (3 temps)

Excellent backseat room if fronts up slightly

Very good shoe room under seats

Low floor hump

An adult can fit nicely in center position

Middle cushion firm but not terrible

The HR-V is most likely to be used on paved roads but it is capable of more rugged terrain and snowy conditions.


Medium size glovebox but no lock

Deep front door bins medium size

Deep console bin

Extra open storage under console

Phone charging pad

Big visors with very good sliding range

Single seatback storage pouch

Split folding seats fold almost flat

Folded seats higher than cargo deck

Flat cargo deck

Good extra storage under deck

Front row room, comfort, and amenities are excellent.

WOW Factors:

Sharp looking, handsome styling

Dedicated snow mode

Spacious interior for five

Great visibility

Very good driver assistance technology


Flimsy cargo deck

Only bottle notches in rear doors

No center armrest

More horsepower would be nice

The 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L side profile is very contemporary and makes the HR-V appear more upscale than its price might suggest.

Bottom Line:

The 2023 Honda HR-V is based on the popular Honda Civic platform which is a good thing. The HR-V is compact which is fine for commuting and city errand driving, but it also has a snow mode and hill descent feature which are very welcome in wintertime. Most buyers will use the Honda HR-V in the city but it’s agile and capable enough for moderate level outdoor adventures.