2017 Honda HR-V: Do We Really Need Hybrid?
When you think about it there aren’t that many hybrids in the subcompact crossover segment. Two of the best-sellers are the Jeep Renegade and the Subaru Crosstrek. Both these vehicles are not going to arrive in a hybrid variation at any point soon and another vehicle that isn’t arriving in hybrid is the Mazda CX-3.
This may be the reason why Honda hasn’t offered the Honda HR-V in hybrid form either, even though fans of the vehicle have been asking for it. The refresh for 2017 didn’t come with anything more than a new color options.
The Honda CR-V should have a hybrid format if the car maker wants to keep up with the Toyota RAV4 along with the Nissan Rogue. The threat doesn’t exist however for the Honda Fit based sibling, well not until the Toyota C-HR makes its way out anyway.
It will be the first significant effort from Toyota when it comes to entering into the new subcompact crossover segment and we think that it looks very promising. When it does arrive it would be the only vehicle with a hybrid option among the vehicles peers.
The Honda CR-V is going to offer up the 1.2 litre turbo four cylinder engines in other markets. However when it comes to the US market buyers can only get the 1.8 litre gas, which should come from the Prius perhaps or a hybrid setup with that mill. So the question is whether hybrids really matter in the subcompact crossover market yet.