Honda is a very successful world-wide conglomerate that makes top-quality products from lawnmowers to automobiles. They encircle the world and the test car featured this week is a 2023 Honda HRV all-wheel drive, EX-L model. The “Nordic Forest” gray exterior paint shimmers in the sunlight on the spartan SUV design.
This Honda as an international legacy with an American engine, a Mexican transmission, and 30 percent Canadian products. All intertwined into final assembly in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.
The quality and craftsmanship of this model is first class, loaded with the latest safety equipment and convenient accessories, all included at a very competitive manufacturer’s suggested price of $29,950.
Add in two extras: the deluxe paint for $395, destination and handling charge of $1,245, to reach the consumer at $30,590. This is an all-wheel drive vehicle with heated front seats and outside door mirrors along with 17” alloy wheels and all-season tires. A very good choice for Colorado winter driving.
The 4-cylinder 2.0L engine produces 158 horsepower, teamed with a variable transmission that uses a standard Drive, Super, Low and snow mode for speed and economy. While a turbo-boost would be welcome, the Honda moves right along at high speeds and churns out 27 mpg. overall.
Electric assisted power steering combined with first-class McPherson strut suspension and rear multi-link suspension provide excellent handling and cornering. The ride is comfortable, resting on leather trimmed bucket seats.
Safety is top drawer with an assortment of airbags, front, side, knee, and side airbags. The 2023 model is not yet safety rated but will be in the perfect five-star area. The EX-L has adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation
Smart phone chargers are standard features on 2023 Honda model cars and charge phones fast. The nine-inch color monitor offers a full menu of car navigation, service, and special features.
Along with a bevy of special option, this Honda has a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature. Outdoor camping is covered with a 12-volt power outlet.
Overall, this is just a great family sedan, well equipped for winter weather, loaded with safety features, and easy to drive and enjoy.