Say Hello to the Honda HR-V, a 2016 Green SUV of the Year

Green Car Journal awarded the Honda HR-V it’s “Green SUV of the Year” award.  The HR-V, a member of the bustling subcompact crossover/SUV segment, is (to me) the best looking Honda to hit the showroom since the S2000.  It’s too small for my family currently, but when it was just my wife and I, the 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space would have been plenty for golf AND home improvement runs.

But let’s get to economy, the reason why Green Car Journal recognized the new Honda.  The 1.8 liter, inline 4 cylinder engine generates 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft of torque. According to Honda, when equipped with the available CVT, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 27/32 miles per gallon when equipped with Real Time AWD.  At Fuelly.com, 64 2016 HR-V drivers are enjoying 29.9 mpg overall.  This is a pretty reliable figure considering they’ve reported 1,166 fuel-ups over 347,000 miles.

The HR-V is an ULEV-2 vehicle, or Ultra-low Emissions.  I could spend a lot of time talking about the details, but it is quicker to show you:


ULEV 2 Specs, courtesy of California EPA.


 

“The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Auto Sales for American Honda. “All of us at Honda truly appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing the HR-V as Green SUV of the Year and as the latest in a growing lineup of products with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.”

 

With a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 25/34 miles per gallon.

But enough of the minutiae, as they say, here’s the car:



The 2016 Honda HR-V is in showrooms now.

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