The HR-V 2023 is available in three versions, which is the best?

A new, larger Honda HR-V is now heading to dealerships. There wasn’t much wrong with the previous version of the HR-V, but the new one is bigger, more powerful and much more sophisticated. Above all, it retains its low price and user-friendly features. But the all-new 2023 Honda HRV offers three trim levels, from the base LX to the fully optional EX-L. So which is the best?

Is the Honda HR-V worth buying?

2023 Honda HR-V Sport | Honda

The second generation of the HR-V SUV is 100% new, but it keeps its value and updates its style. All HR-Vs feature new body stabilizer seats designed to hold passengers more firmly, higher quality materials and updated technology. Honda designed the large cargo bay with a low lift height of just 27 inches to make it easier to haul heavy loads in the back as well. All HR-Vs feature a seven-inch color digital driver display and a central 7-inch touchscreen linked to the Honda Sensing system.

The new HR-V is built on the Honda Civic platform, giving it a 1.7-inch longer wheelbase than the previous version built on the Fit platform. Each new HR-V is powered by an efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 158 horsepower. While not everyone is a fan of CVT automatic transmissions, the new CVT has Honda’s shift programming that simulates shifting and feels more natural. It also adds a descent control button that controls the speed of the HRV when descending.

How much does a new Honda HR-V cost?

Blue 2022 Honda HR-V front view
2022 Honda HR-V | Honda

The HR-V starts at $23,650 and goes up to $28,950. All-wheel drive is a $1,500 option on any HR-V, before destination charges. All versions can be ordered with a variety of packages such as the Guard Packages, HPD Package or Heavy Duty Package which all have a variety of fender flares, splash guards and door trim.

2023 HR-V Pricing and EPA Fuel Consumption Ratings – City/Hwy/Comb.1
Trim MSRP MSRP plus $1,245 destination charge EPA mileage rating
LX (TA) $23,650 $24,895 26 / 32 / 28
LX (AWD) $25,150 $26,395 25 / 30 / 27
Sports (TA) $25,650 $26,895 26 / 32 / 28
Sports (AWD) $27,150 $28,395 25 / 30 / 27
EX-L (TA) $27,450 $28,695 26 / 32 / 28

The base LX trim is the value leader

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The big thing missing on the LX trim that’s standard on other versions of the HR-V is the blind spot information system. It has a single-zone HVAC system and simple 17-inch gray wheels. It comes standard with Honda Sensing driver aids, cloth seats, heated mirrors, Bluetooth audio and a four-speaker stereo. However, it packs a lot for under $24,000. Reviewers, like those of The readersaid that even in base trim it’s better than the 2022 HR-V.

The HR-V in sports trim may be the best

The interior of the HR-V Sport in black cloth.
Interior of the 2023 Honda HR-V Sport | Honda

The 2023 Honda HR-V Sport version receives several exterior updates that allow it to make the most of the styling updates. It gets a mesh grille, gloss black rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tip, along with 18-inch wheels. Above all, it gets one of our must-have options, heated seats, as well as remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a rear privacy glass.

In the Sport trim, you get the new tech, engine and styling (and heated seats), but not the extraneous bits like the EX-L’s leather-trimmed seats.

The EX-L makes the larger CR-V attractive

2023 Honda HR-V EXl
Interior of the 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L | Honda

The EX-L comes with leather-trimmed power seats, a nine-inch center screen, front wireless charging, a sunroof and dual-zone climate control. On the styling front, it gets gloss black door pillars and gloss black trim on the front and rear bumpers. Sport and LX trims come with Honda Sensing, but the EX-L has parking sensors, low-speed brake control, a multi-angle rear view camera and an assistance system lane keeping. But, at around $28,000, it may make more sense to upgrade to the new 2023 Honda CR-V, which is significantly roomier and more powerful than the HR-V.

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