2016 Honda HR-V Gets 28 MPG City, 35 MPG Highway
Compact Crossover Gets Class-Leading Economy
Crossovers are becoming a more and more popular vehicle for many car buyers, and one of the main reasons for that is their combination of economy and utility. The 2016 Honda HR-V is about to raise that bar even higher, with segment-leading fuel economy figures of 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for the 2WD automatic model. The other two variations of the HR-V, the 2WD with the six-speed manual and the 4WD automatic model, are slightly lower but still very good at 25/34 and 27/32, respectively. The figures are now posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) site, fueleconomy.gov.
The compact crossover segment in general is getting to be much more crowded, with entries from Buick, Chevrolet,and Fiat and models expected from Hyundai and Mazda, among others. Fuel economy figures have not yet been released for Mazda’s athletic-looking CX-3 crossover but will likely come close to the HR-V’s figures, despite having a slightly larger-displacement 2.0L I-4, compared to the Honda’s 1.8L. The HR-V is based on the Fit subcompact platform, and like that urban hatch, it has a centrally mounted fuel tank and rear seats that allow multiple configurations for cargo and passenger accommodations. Subcompact (or so-called B-segment) crossovers are expected to be one of the hottest market segments over the next several years.