Honda Vezel (also known as Honda HR-V in export markets) is a car manufactured by Honda. The Vezel was first introduced in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Auto show. It’s a 5-door 5-seat subcompact crossover SUV that combines the qualities, elegance, and functionalities of an SUV, coupe, and minivan with great fuel economy.
The exterior of the Vezel features a fusion of two elements of the vehicle body with the lower body having an SUV feel and the upper body having a coupe feel giving it a distinct and sharp character. At the front, the Vezel has two LED lights on both sides and an LED light guiding stripe on the rear lights.
The interior of the Vezel has a personal feel and is spacious thanks to Honda’s “Expansible Cockpit” concept. Honda made use of soft materials on most parts that passengers touch. To achieve a quality feeling the room-lamps and front-map-lamps are LED lights.
The front passengers of the Vezel are treated to a high-quality, smooth, and advanced instrument panel that is placed high enough creating personal space for the front seat occupants. Some other features on this high-deck center console include flexible drink holders with a depth adjustable bottom.
The Vezel comes with a fully automatic air conditioning unit with a simply designed wide flow air-condition vent on the front passenger side, designed as a horizontal straight line realizing comfortable air-flow. At the rear, there is ample leg-room, with the seats optimized in a way that the occupants are secure and comfortable even on long journeys.
2014 Honda Vezel
Under the hood, the Vezel comes with two power options, the 1.5-liter L15B engine, and the 1.5-liter LEB Hybrid.
The natural aspirated inline 1.5-liter L15 direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC engine produces 80 kW (110 HP) at 5800 RPM and has an average fuel consumption of 6.7 L/100 Km (35 MPG), while the Vezel Hybrid has been equipped with Honda’s next-generation i-DCD (Dual Clutch Drive) hybrid system that combines the naturally aspirated inline 1.5-liter L15 direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC engine with powerful motor eventually realizing a power that almost equals a 2.0-liter engine with a magnificent driving feel. The conventional Vezel transfers power to the wheels via an automatic, CVT, or CVT plus paddle shifter transmission, while the hybrid transfers power to the front wheels via a 7-speed DCT with internal high-output motor plus paddle shifter. The Vezel is available as an AWD or FWD.
The Vezel comes packed with safety features such as passive safety that is made possible by Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body and the Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Body that absorbs collision impact on the front part of the body, as its the high-risk area of causing pedestrian injury in case of a collision. Another safety feature that some select Vezel models come with is the City-Brake Active System that comprises side curtain airbags and front-seat i-side systems. This system mitigates accidental damage from a collision and supports safe driving.
The Vezel has advanced functionalities that provide smart driving assistance such as the Electric Parking Brake that is enabled by pulling a switch and disabled when the driver presses the accelerator pedal, another system is the Automatic Brake Hold function that when the driver enables while stopping at traffic lights or traffic congestion by pressing a switch it holds the vehicle stationary without the need of the driver stepping on the brake, and once the driver starts to accelerate, it releases. The other is the Reactive Force Pedal, a fuel-efficient system that controls the reaction force of the accelerator pedal when the driver excessively presses the accelerator pedal. This is so useful while driving on slippery or icy surfaces.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya