Join Date: Apr 2015
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Lack of cubby storage space potential deal breaker
I have now test driven both an LX AWD and an EX-L AWD at my local dealership.
My initial impression is the HR-V is a much better driving vehicle than the new FIT (I have a 13 base FIT I really do love, and I've owned Hondas for the past 25 years.)
The HR-V's handling is tight, crisp and it turns on a dime. Way to go, Honda! Also, the road noise is vastly reduced over the new FIT. The acceleration was quite sufficient and much quieter and smoother than the FIT's. All in all, I thought the HR-V is a superb handling machine, and I think Honda has really kept to its zippy, good handling heritage. It lacks the coarseness I found in the new FIT.
I wasn't sure what to think of the new dash until I saw it in person. I really think the LX dash has a much cleaner appearance due to the buttons on the stereo. Yes, I'm old school that way. And, the knobs on the heating/air are Honda simplicity. On the EX-L, I thought that the new touch screens for both stereo and heating/air worked much more simply than I thought, but somehow the lack of buttons lends a lack of contrast to the dash. It's all too much of the same IMHO. I'm undecided on whether the air vents on the passenger side look cheap and out of place, or are a new design cue I would never have thought of.
The lane watch is an amazing feature, and I'm surprised more cars don't have it. The back up camera just works. The NAV is very simple to use, and did its job.
I'm not sure the leather in the EX-L is as comfortable as the cloth seats in the LX were. That could be a simple fix by going with the EX and having some Katskins put in.
But, the one thing that really bothers me as I reflect on whether or not to replace my 13 FIT with a new HR-V is the lack of cubby space. Yes, I'm spoiled with the amazing little cubbies in the 13 FIT. But, all the HR-V has (or, all I could find) was the space behind the console with the USB, etc. ports. My IPhone Six+ fit snuggly into that space, but that is ALL I could have fit in there. The cup holder space in the console is tiny, and it could fit a small water bottle, but for storage for a wallet/sunglasses, etc. it's pretty grim. The tiny storage space under the arm rest is next to useless. The storage space in the doors is also miniscule.
I don't haul everything but the kitchen sink with me when I drive. Yet, I do appreciate carrying a bottle of Uncle Harry's Breathing Mix essential oil spray, Burt's Bee's balm in a tin, sunglasses, hand lotion with me in my car. And, how can anyone drive without pens/pencils and a Moleskine?
I'm sad when I think that Honda cut back on something so basic as their famous ability to tuck in cubbies everywhere. Before I make a decision, I want to bring my "traveling tools" with me to see where they can live.
Also, unless I am missing something, the HR-V doesn't have the neat i-MID feature the Civics and the CR-V has where you can toggle through and see MPG, bluetooth, etc. I absolutely think this feature is brilliant.
Honestly, when looking at the value proposition given the lack of storage space and HP, the CR-V EX looks like the better value. My daughter has a 14 CR-V LX AWD, and I am amazed at the quality of that vehicle.
Does the HR-V have more cubbies than I saw? Does it have the i-MID and I missed it?
I have waited a year for the HR-V, and I'm not so sure anymore.