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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Honda described the HR-V as a High Recreational Vehicle. It was a crossover that saw the market in 1998, and in 2001 it received a 5-door version.

The crossover market was not invented yet in 1998 when Honda introduced the HR-V. But the Japanese carmaker took a small vehicle platform, extended its wheelbase, placed a different body on top of it, and the new HR-V. Its success was instant due to its low running costs, high seating position, and the 4x4 option. But the new model lacked a practicality factor: the rear doors. So, Honda fixed that later on. In 2001, the carmaker introduced a facelift for the entire range, and it lost the 3-door version.

Honda designers imagined an interesting shape for the headlights, with a twin semi-circular shape at the bottom, that cut their way through the top of the bumper. There was a small opening between them to coo the engine, but the bigger grille was on, the lower part of the bumper. For the greenhouse, Honda tried a mix between a station wagon and a hatchback. With the raked windshield and the flat, vertical tailgate, the result was good and formed a spacious interior. At the back, the vertically mounted taillights resembled those installed on Honda CR-V.

Inside, the car's vertical sides and the thin doors left enough room for five adult passengers, but most versions were offered as a four-seater, and there were only two seat-belts in the back. The folding and tilting rear bench allowed an increase for the trunk area.

Under the hood, Honda offered the HR-V with a choice of two engines. Both of them were of 1.6-liter displacement but provided different output power. The Japanese crossover featured either a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive system.

HONDA HR-V 5 Doors 2001-2006 3 Photos
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HONDA HR-V 5 Doors 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.6i (105 HP)
  • 1.6i (124 HP)
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HONDA HR-V 5 Doors 1.6i (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 6200 RPM
105 HP @ 6200 RPM
103 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
135 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/70SR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
161.8 in (4110 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
96.5 in (2451 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
10 cuFT (283 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2550.7 lbs (1157 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3549.4 lbs (1610 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195 g/km

HONDA HR-V 5 Doors 1.6i (124 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i (124 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
91 KW @ 6600 RPM
124 HP @ 6600 RPM
122 BHP @ 6600 RPM
Torque
106 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM
144 Nm @ 4900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60HR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
161.8 in (4110 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.5 in (1,471/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
96.5 in (2451 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
10 cuFT (283 L)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km
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