After the last-year mid-cycle update, we are pretty sure that the 2020 Honda HR-V won’t feature too many changes. This subcompact crossover is one of the key players in the segment and that is for a good reason. Huge cargo hold, excellent fuel economy and great overall quality are some of the best recommendations for this model. Of course, there is a couple of drawbacks as well.
The biggest complaint goes to the powertrain department, due to an underpowered engine. Also, we would usually expect more standard equipment from a subcompact crossover like this one. Given the fact that the current generation has been around since 2015, as well as the recent update, we expect that the current generation will carry on in the same way. This also means that the 2020 Honda HR-V won’t come any earlier than usual, which would mean sometime late in the year.
2020 Honda HR-V Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2020 Honda HR-V will carry on in the same way. While the overall design is practically unchanged since 2015, the recent update has brought a nice amount of subtle changes. Some of the most notable modifications are a new grille, with a new chrome bar, as well as a new front bumper, which comes with a little bit different shape, new fog lights, air intakes etc.
On the rear end, you can notice slightly revised taillights and rear bumper. Other than that, things have remained pretty much the same. The overall shape remains unchanged and we have no doubt that the 2020 Honda HR-V will continue in the same way. The current generation is expected to carry on in the same for some more time. The redesign won’t happen in the next couple of year.
On the inside, the 2020 Honda HR-V will definitely have a lot of things to offer. This is one of the biggest models in the class, so it’s no wonder you can count on a pretty spacious cabin. Both rows are pretty generous in terms of leg and headroom, though front seats could be a little bit more supportive and comfortable. Another strong point of this cabin is great cargo capacity. This is where the HR-V really shines. You can count on more than 24 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the overall capacity goes all-away up to 59 cubic feet. These are definitely some of the best numbers in the class. For comparison, Toyota C-HR features max cargo capacity of around 36 cubic feet.
This interior has a couple of drawbacks as well. The biggest one probably goes to the seating position, as only highest trims offer power-adjustable driver’s seats.
Along with the engine, this is probably the weakest point of the HR-V. This crossover isn’t very generous in terms of standard equipment. Unfortunately, things won’t change too much in the next year. So, base models will be pretty modest in tech goodies. You can count on a 5-inch audio display, Bluetooth, USB and that would be it. Things are much better in higher trims, where you can get a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, automatic climate control, a moonroof, remote start, a six-speaker stereo, an additional USB port, satellite radio etc.
Things are even worse with safety features, as a rearview camera is the only standard feature in base models. Of course, there is more in higher trims, as you can get Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes numerous advanced safety systems. Some of the highlights are lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
2020 Honda HR-V Engine
The biggest problem with this crossover is lack of power and, unfortunately, things will remain pretty much the same in the 2020 Honda HR-V. It will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers around 140 horsepower, which doesn’t seem enough for today’s industry standards. Therefore, many experts anticipated that an optional 1.5-liter turbo four could come with the facelift. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Moreover, we don’t expect changes before the redesign.
The HR-V may be underpowered but offers an amazing fuel economy. Paired with a CVT gearbox, this crossover returns around 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. A great thing is that you can opt for all-wheel drive, which isn’t a so common thing among subcompact crossovers.
2020 Honda HR-V Release Date and Price
As the 2020 Honda HR-V will be a typical carryover model, we are pretty sure it won’t come any earlier than you would expect from a yearly turnaround. Expect to see it sometime in the last quarter, sometime closer to the end of the year. When it comes to the price, things are about to remain unchanged, which would mean around 20/21.000 dollars for base versions.