Thursday news reported Honda HR-V being named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by auto industry bellwether publication “Green Car Report.” That’s fantastic!, What makes Honda’s Fit platformed crossover “Green,” and when was it reclassified as an SUV? Perhaps a bit more suitable award would be “2016 Green SUV Alternative of the Year.”
This Examiner likes 2016 Honda HR-V for many if not all of its attributes. So does the Honda buying public. In 2015, HR-V crossover outsold 2016 Fit in November and December, as young progressives and seasoned car buyers alike, opted for the sub compact coupe-like 5 door hatchback over 2016 Fit and up-sized CR-V SUV.
As predicted by Torque News last December, our associates at “Green Car Report” picked 2016 Honda HR-V for this most coveted award out of all comers, including but not limited to BMW X1, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX3 and RAV4 Hybrid. An interesting diverse grouping to be sure, and all crossovers. Yet we don’t find a historically correct SUV in the lineup. The announcement was made from the floor of the Washington D.C. Auto Show.
“SUV” may simply be a limitation of vehicle category for “Green Car Journal”
2016 Honda HR-V was awarded “2016 Green SUV of the Year” based on its micro-environmental impact footprint. Here’s what Honda tells us:The “Green SUV of the Year” award recognizes the all-new HR-V for its class-leading environmental performance – a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1 (2WD CVT) and additional designation as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2 ULEV).
In the words of Honda’s Mr. John Mendel and Green Car Reports’ Ron Cogan
“The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Auto Sales for American Honda.
“All of us at Honda truly appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing the HR-V as Green SUV of the Year and as the latest in a growing lineup of products with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.”
“With its active styling, smart features, and fuel economy leadership, the 2016 Honda HR-V gives car buyers an entirely new option in the small SUV category,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “The HR-V brings true environmental performance to this fast-growing category, and drivers are taking notice, as are we here at Green Car Journal, making HR-V the perfect choice to take home 2016’s “Green SUV of the Year” honor.”
Subcompact crossover, big utility
This Examiner likes 2016 Honda HR-V crossover with AWD (all-wheel-drive) for its great utility and light off road duty capability. This coupe-like 5 door hatchback handles well on the highway, presents a decent drive and ride environment while presenting an uptick trim and finish package. You may read our latest 2016 Honda HR-V drive review here.