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Date posted: May 5, 2015

The 2015 Honda HR-V is fit to be a wagon

Eager to hop on the baby-crossover bandwagon before anyone else gets a big head start Honda is introducing the HR-V. The basis is primarily the Fit, engine from a Civic and the wrapper a hatchback Honda calls “coupe-like.” I have no doubts this will do much better than their last two slope-roof crossovers, the retiring Crosstour and Acura’s late ZDX.

Making things “coupe-like” is arguably good for aerodynamics and bad for rear seat headroom or cargo space. Fortunately the HR-V doesn’t go far, so there is adult headroom in back and 23 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row, up to 59 behind the front seats: Don’t compare that precisely to anything but other Hondas or Acuras. Since it’s based on the Fit the 60/40 rear seatbacks fold flat or the cushions fold up for a deep bin ideal for your drought-tolerant bush transport.

Delving in to the home-office dictionary the HR-V’s mission brief used a Japanese term that can be used for “alluring” or “seductive.” That’s a reach, though I wouldn’t argue clean or cute and the grille treatment works better here than on some of HR-V’s relatives. With a heavy upswept body crease and a concealed door handle per the 1990 Pathfinder, I wonder if Honda wants you to know it has four doors.

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