>> I would stay away from Hyndai/Kia products.
Anecdotal evidence isn't really a good thing to base your decision on. That includes Legacy's warning about Kia, and it also includes the praise I'm about to heap on Kia. These are both the experiences of a single buyer of a single car of a single dealership.
I've had a 2010 Kia Soul+ for 90,000 miles and 5+ years. Love it to death. Rock solid reliability. Great dealership experience. Incredible value for the money, and the new Soul is dramatically better than mine. I've had the same storage space as the HRV in a car that has the same dimensions (edit: the Soul has the same storage area in a car 6" shorter) and performance almost to the inch and pound, and I've enjoyed it for 5 years and counting. I guess Kia should sue Honda for such a blatant copy?
So there you have it. One person hates Kia, another loves it. You can repeat with any auto manufacturer, and it's meaningless until you collect large numbers of experiences.
Now having slammed anecdotal evidence, how about we look at some real numbers? Go to the link above. You'll see Honda does in fact hammer down Kia in initial quality. These are 2012 numbers. You'll see Honda has 83 problems per 100 vehicles delivered, Kia has 107. So Honda definitely does better in initial quality at delivery time. In fact, even with the quality problems of the recent years, Honda is still one of the better rated manufacturers.
Be careful interpreting those quality results. They aren't necessarily fenders falling off. The majority of initial quality complaints these days are for infotainment systems. In fact, I have a friend who's about to return his incredibly awesome Mazda 3 Grand Touring hatchback because he doesn't like that it doesn't remember what song it was playing when he left the car (not making that up).
PS: In a very real sense, I'm the first person on this forum to own a Honda HRV. It just happens to be called the Kia Soul+, and it came out of its mother's womb a bit homely.
PS: I don't work for Kia.
PS: I'm still gonna test drive the HRV, and it's still 1 or 2 on my list. So I'm not a Honda or HRV hater.