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Honda joins the compact SUV set with 2016 HR-V (pictures)

Honda's newest model is called the HR-V, joining a trend of compact SUV models that offer interior utility, comfort and all-wheel-drive.

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At the Los Angeles auto show, Honda showed off its much-anticipated compact SUV, named the HR-V. This naming convention follows that of its big brother, the CR-V.

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The HR-V's grille design, which flows outwards to the headlights, follows current Honda model styling.

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The HR-V's total length is just over 14 feet, making it a good size for urban dwellers.

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The HR-V's offers a "Magic Seat" feature similar to that of the Honda Fit, allowing different configurations for the cargo area.

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Power comes from a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine, mated to either a six speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The engine produces 138 horsepower, which should be adequate but not exciting for the HR-V.

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The HR-V can be had in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive formats, although the manual transmission is not available with all-wheel-drive.

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Honda rates the cargo capacity at 58.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

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In EX-L trim, as shown here, the HR-V benefits from comfortable leather-covered seats.

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Honda makes its latest tech available for the HR-V, including LaneWatch, its take on a blind-spot monitoring system.

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Honda fits the HR-V with its dashboard-mounted navigation head unit.

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Honda notes that the HR-V will go on sale early next year. No pricing has been announced.

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