I'm just back from a road trip to the Rockies, 1500 miles in each direction in a big Dodge 4-door pickup, towing 3 motorcycles in a trailer from Atlanta to Fort Collins, Co. Not the most obvious vehicle for comparison with a HR-V, but here are my impressions:
: Tie. Dodge had a multi-adjustable power seat; I raised the front of the driver's seat on the HR-V 8 mm using washers as shims. HR-V seat was slightly more comfortable, due to better lumbar support. Rear seat in the Dodge had exposed hinges at the split, which dug into my back while sleeping (we had three drivers, covering 1500 miles with only fuel/food stops in ~24 hours each way).
: No contest. The HR-V cools down quicker and distributes cool air more evenly. Given the reputation of big American vehicles, this was a surprise, but the truck's A/C was barely able to keep up in 102° heat across Kansas. The A/C had been serviced just before the trip, including a new compressor.
: No contest. The HR-V was quieter at speed, much quieter during acceleration (not surprising when compared with a big diesel). The truck had some bad wind noise issues with cross winds, something I have never experienced with the HR-V.
: Tie. The 8000 pound truck rode much more softly than expected, possibly because of the 2000 pound trailer load.
: No contest. Dodge controls were a typical mishmash of too many buttons with too few functions. Why do so many American cars use buttons on both
sides of the steering wheel for cruise control?
Why the long trip? Motorcycle rally based out of Red Lodge, MT. I rode ~2000 miles in 7 days. What spectacular country, especially the Chief Joseph and Beartooth highways!
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