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post #1 of 22 Old 10-22-2014, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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HRV vs FIT...

I wonder about the consequences of selling HRV and FIT side by side. Surely FIT sales are about to get kicked in the teeth. Current market demands are ease of ingress/egress, AWD, commanding driving position, cargo cap...

Even the Civic is likely to get dinged, CR-V should still be alright...
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I think that the added AWD and length of the HRV will draw in buyers. Not sure what it means for Fit sales, but the HRV should be fine.
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At least the FIT van benefit being a vehicle for someone who has minimal needs, and those who need more go for the HRV.
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Oh I'm not worried about HRV sales, its the FIT that really stands to lose. Once a FIT owner or shopper takes one look at the HRV and realises its a FIT just a little higher, with a little more cargo capacity, AWD and easier entry I dont see how anyone takes the FIT over HRV...
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Oh I'm not worried about HRV sales, its the FIT that really stands to lose. Once a FIT owner or shopper takes one look at the HRV and realises its a FIT just a little higher, with a little more cargo capacity, AWD and easier entry I dont see how anyone takes the FIT over HRV...
I agree with most of your position, but you leave out one very important factor,

Price.

The HR-V will several thousand dollars more than the Fit.
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2008 Fit Owner here: looked at the 2015 Fit last weekend at the local auto show, I was drooling and ready to go test drive (bigger engine, lots of tech upgrades and premium interior finishes on the top model compared to 2008). I did my homework, Yakima is not making a roof rack for the 2015 Fit, they called it "Un-Yakible" whatever that means. Users on the FF Forums have heard from the rack makers that the rear roof is too weak. I use my Fit to haul bicycles, skis and snowboards, I need a roof rack. I also need my next car to have AWD so I can stop bumming rides with Subaru owners when the mountain passes require AWD or chains (I'd rather not chain up if I can avoid it). So for a young 20-30somehting urban professional that likes to head to the outdoors on the weekend this is the perfect model car. Still lots of room to cram stuff in with the magic seat, AWD for snow, nimble in the city parallel parking, and did I spy some slim silver roof rails like the CRV? So yes, the HR-V is taking away this potential Fit buyer, but the lack of roof rack option would have sent me looking at Subarus anyway. Not particularly interested in a hitch mount unless I absolutely have to. For someone not heading into the mountains or needing to strap large gear (kayaks, bicycles, skis, snowboards, paddleboards, surfboards, etc) to the roof they'd be target demo for the Fit.
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I agree with most of your position, but you leave out one very important factor,

Price.

The HR-V will several thousand dollars more than the Fit.
I don't see that as being a major barrier however, its not a superfluous increase in price. As @Trickycoolj elucidated nicely, regardless of price the FIT has limitations which the HRV remidies for a marginal amount more...
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2008 Fit Owner here: looked at the 2015 Fit last weekend at the local auto show, I was drooling and ready to go test drive (bigger engine, lots of tech upgrades and premium interior finishes on the top model compared to 2008). I did my homework, Yakima is not making a roof rack for the 2015 Fit, they called it "Un-Yakible" whatever that means. Users on the FF Forums have heard from the rack makers that the rear roof is too weak. I use my Fit to haul bicycles, skis and snowboards, I need a roof rack. I also need my next car to have AWD so I can stop bumming rides with Subaru owners when the mountain passes require AWD or chains (I'd rather not chain up if I can avoid it). So for a young 20-30somehting urban professional that likes to head to the outdoors on the weekend this is the perfect model car. Still lots of room to cram stuff in with the magic seat, AWD for snow, nimble in the city parallel parking, and did I spy some slim silver roof rails like the CRV? So yes, the HR-V is taking away this potential Fit buyer, but the lack of roof rack option would have sent me looking at Subarus anyway. Not particularly interested in a hitch mount unless I absolutely have to. For someone not heading into the mountains or needing to strap large gear (kayaks, bicycles, skis, snowboards, paddleboards, surfboards, etc) to the roof they'd be target demo for the Fit.
If you can wait and really want the HRV it might be worth just waiting to see what accessories become available.
I see this as a vehicle that should have common things like a roof rack available soon after launch.

BUT if you're open to options and don't feel obligated to get the HRV, by all means go Subaru, they're another amazing japanese brand.
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I just bought the fit. The reasons; Slightly more cargo room in the Fit than the HRV from info from japan. Also sportier ride..(lower centre of gravity) Lower roof means its easier to clean snow off the vehicle. (I live in canada). So far I haven't seen any reasons to choose the HRV. Except maybe AWD...which I am not interested in. And possibly it may have more shoulder room?
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And possibly it may have more shoulder room?
I think the shoulder room specs are going to be the same, so no worries there. The HR-V will have SUV ground clearance over the Fit and we might get the 1.8L higher horsepower engine in the HR-V or a turbo.

But as they say, all that really matters is if you're happy with your purchase, so congrats! I hope you enjoy your new car.
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