If you live in a world where space comes at a premium, then the 2016 Honda HR-V is an excellent choice. It's based on the subcompact Honda Fit, so the tiny dimensions make this little CUV shockingly easy to park, turn, and weave through traffic. Like the Fit, the Honda HR-V is teeming with novel ways to squeeze lots of stuff and/or people into its toddler-sized footprint. For example, the rear "Magic Seat" is situated to offer plenty of legroom, and the seatback can recline to accommodate even the lankiest of teenagers. The seat bottom can be folded up to create a separate cargo hold that can swallow items up to 4-feet tall. And the front passenger seat can even fold flat so you can haul stuff that's up to 8-feet long (Honda likes to reference the HR-V's tremendous kayak-toting capability in their brochures). To get all of your friends/stuff home from IKEA, they've given this versatile little crossover a peppy 1.8L EarthDreams 4-cyl that makes 141-hp / 127 lb-ft of torque. But since getting "more" is the mantra of the subcompact CUV segment, you should consider upgrading to an AEM 21-800C cold air intake system. This low restriction intake can add an estimated 5-hp and 7 lb-ft of torque, and the reusable AEM DryFlow air filter might help save you some money.
An AEM 21-800C cold air intake provides more power & superior engine protection
Like all gas engines, the Honda HR-V 1.8L has to inject fuel and air into the cylinders, then the computer tells the ignition system to trigger the appropriate spark plug to detonate the mixture. Since air serves as the catalyst, increasing the amount of oxygen molecules inside the cylinder will create a much hotter explosion, which consumes the gasoline more completely and forces the piston down with greater force. That piston then spins the crankshaft, and the resulting rotational energy can be used to turn the drive wheels. The force from the fuel detonation is where horsepower comes from, and the rotational energy from the crankshaft is where the wheel-turning torque figure originates. When you reduce the ambient temperature and flow restrictions that are placed on the air by Honda's stock intake system, the engine can extract more power from the same amount of fuel. And the AEM 21-800C cold air intake system is designed to do just that.
In order to get air into the motor, the Honda intake system draws it in through a small opening in the bottom of the air box, then forces it through a thick paper air filter to remove any airborne contaminants. Once cleaned, the dirt settles between the folds in the filter, and the air that does make it through this restricted walls of dirty paper, gets sent to the cylinders through a narrow plastic intake tube that is riddled with tight bends and uneven surfaces. As the air bumps its way down that intake tube, the turbulence causes it to heat up, reducing the number of oxygen molecules, and thus the amount of horsepower / torque that it can be used to create. An AEM 21-800C cold air intake system on the other hand, pulls in air through an oversized round DryFlow air filter that's designed to flow significantly more air than an OE Honda HR-V air filter. To better protect the engine, this filter is made from a special 3D structured synthetic material that can remove up to 99% of the airborne contaminants, then store them deep inside a web of synthetic fibers. This "depth loading" performance air filter won't need to be cleaned for up to 100,000 miles (depending on road conditions), and the dirt won't cause airflow restrictions as the miles tick away. Plus, this entire AEM cold air intake system is backed by the AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty, so you'll never have to buy another expensive OE Honda air filters again.
AEM DryFlow air filter removes up to 99% of contaminants from the air
To access an unlimited supply of cold air, that big AEM DryFlow air filter is positioned behind the front grille, and the factory radiator shroud keeps warm engine air from entering the system. The clean air then travels to the engine through a wide diameter aluminum intake tube, which has integrated sensor fittings to preserve the factory ECU settings. To eliminate air turbulence, wide-angle bends are created in the tube using a mandrel bending machine, and the aluminum actually soaks up heat so the air temperature gets reduced even further. The high volume of power-rich oxygen provided by the AEM 21-800C cold air intake system not only increases the horsepower and torque, but it will come in at lower RPMs. As a result, your gas pedal will respond faster, and engine strain will be reduced when you're towing/hauling heavy loads.
Dyno chart for a 2016 Honda HR-V running a AEM 21-800C cold air intake system
With more power, more engine protection, and more ways to save money on engine maintenance, an AEM 21-800C cold air intake System is the perfect way to get "more" from your little Honda HR-V.
The AEM 21-800C fits the following vehicles:
2016 HONDA HR-V 1.8L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
Closeup of an AEM 21-800C cold air intake installed on a 2016 Honda HR-V