If you love the functionality of an SUV but without all the excess bulk, the 2021 HONDA HRVTOURING is just for you. We had the pleasure of reuniting with this family of amazing vehicles just as we are coming out of shutdown out my way. While we recognize that we still have a ways to go before seeing any semblance of businesses operating at full capacity and events picking-up in the City, we appreciate the opportunity at least for the HRV in a gorgeous Aegean Blue Metallic, to have been a part of our journey through these challenging times even if it just means stocking-up on essentials (It was legit my first proper visit to a Costco!). And also seeing family and friends – human and equine – who like us have been isolating cautiously. But more importantly, it was there for us when we were successfully able to get my dad vaccinated. What a relief to know that it won’t be long before mom can get hers, and then hopefully me.
What is an HRV exactly? It is a crossover vehicle, like a Honda CRV, but more compact. This is not to say it isn’t spacious, because it nails all the marks. It more than comfortably seats five and its hatchback trunk enables you to carry plenty.
Operating with a 1.8-litre, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and 141 horsepower @6500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft of torque @ 4300 rpm, this is perfect for everyday driving. A selling point, as is the case with many in the Honda family, is Fuel Economy. It is equipped with an ECON mode, which can get you 9.1/7.7/8.5 L/100 km (City/Highway/Combined). With fuel prices having gone up of late, paying a bit more for gas was expected, but our tank of gas lasted us about a week and our drives took us far!
The 2021 Honda HRVTouring possesses craftmanship, style and luxury. Many will appreciate its tinted windows for privacy and having beanie aboard in the backseat and belongings, this gave a sense of added security. Seating was cozy with leather-trimmed seating surfaces (heated driver and passenger), plus 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seats. An atmospheric moonroof made for serene driving and its 180-watt AM/FM Audio System with six speakers synced hassle-free via Bluetooth to my phone for a personalized experience. We admit we’ve been spoiled prior by the Honda Accord‘s 12 speakers and 452-watt system, but this does the job if you aren’t an Audiophile like us. While we wished there was a wireless phone charging plate in the HRV Touring, it isn’t a standard like the Touring editions of others in the Honda family.
The first thing I noticed when boarding was the attention to detail placed in the Dual-Zone Climate Control and Display Audio System panels. Their enhanced design looked phenomenal and above this, super-easy to navigate. We value a system that is so sophisticated it looks easy, and it is!
Aesthetically, the 2021 HONDA HRV TOURING possesses an effortless sportiness that is sleek. Front grille, dark chrome, lower body garnish, body-coloured rear roofline spoiler, project-beam LED headlights, LED foglights – the small details say it all and this is not your average SUV. It also has rain-sensing windshield wipers which are a selling point considering how much precipitation we get in the months ahead. And I am a huge fan of rear-window wipers, they are a lifesaver when visibility is an issue.
Most passengers haven’t a clue where the door handles are for the door rear doors on the HRV, but once they do, it all makes sense!
The SUV also has several of the makings which make Honda best-in-class for safety. Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward Collision Warning,Collision Mitigation Breaking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, Advanced front airbags, SmartVent side airbags. Above this, we look like a pro at reversing and parallel parking thanks to that essential Multi-angle rearview camera with dyamic guidelines. Honda has thought of all these things so we don’t have to and can just focus on driving smart and safe.
The 2021 HONDA HRV TOURING starts at $35,671 CAN and is worth every penny. More here.