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2022 Honda HR-V debuts as a hybrid that keeps its Magic Seats

The Honda HR-V has been redesigned for the 2022 model year.

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This third generation of Honda's Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle has arrived, and it's a hybrid. The new, 2022 Honda HR-V advances the look of Honda design as well, showing off fresh design language.

The new HR-V features a boldly designed grille area. It's integrated into the car's entire body, beginning at the face of the car and blending through the SUV's elongated hood. The classic Honda "H" logo sits in the center of the upright grille.

The 2022 HR-V is the second Honda to wear the e:HEV badge, which denotes a hybrid powertrain). The first was the Honda Jazz. In the U.S., the Jazz was called the Fit, but it was discontinued recently, before the new generation made it to the country's shores.

2022 Honda HR-V

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The Honda HR-V has been redesigned for the 2022 model year.

Though not detailed as part of the new model announcement, Honda is likely to give the HR-V the same powertrain as the Jazz. That's a 1.5-liter engine paired with two electric motors and a fixed gear transmission. There, the result is about 40 less horsepower than the U.S. version of the 2020 HR-V has, but 50 additional pound-feet of torque. The second-generation HR-V was often criticized for being slow off the line, so the extra torque would help there and would likely make up for any perceived horsepower shortfall.

In the Jazz, there's three drive modes: Hybrid, Electric, and Engine. Those could be carried over to the new HR-V.

A coupe-like roofline leads to a small rear window. The liftgate looks narrower in the new generation than it is in the last, especially at its bottom.

Well-designed packaging allows the HR-V to retain class-leading interior space. Honda has equipped the model with soft-touch materials to create a more modern in-cabin aesthetic. Minimalistic design helps the cabin feel large.

Honda has divulged that the HR-V will continue to have the company's Magic Seats, which are able to fold flat or flip up, allowing the crossover to delivery more flexibility than many of its competitors.

Availability in the U.K. is set to start later this year. When and if the new model is coming to the U.S. has yet to be announced. Count on the HR-V jumping across the pond. The company sold nearly 100,000 HR-Vs in the U.S. in 2019 and just over 84,000 in 2020.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

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The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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