New Owner here, trying to get a real lay of the land with my HR-V! I've been experimenting with car seats, configurations, and a few other things that parents might find relevantly informational about this vehicle. I'll hit a few topics including car seats, cameras, and interior as well as vantage point of my children.
Quick intro here though: I'm a Father to Three young Children. I have a 5 Year old, a 2 Year Old, and a 1 Year Old. I'm a very busy Optometrist, I work 6 days a week, and on my 7th, I might as well be working because I'm helping out my wife, who works for our church. We have an Odyssey (2010) that we use for hauling our family around primarily, so this HR-V is NOT our primary car for day-to-day, it's mostly my commuter car and errands car, as well as car for Date-Nights with my wife.
Bought the car on Friday the 22nd and have been making every excuse to enjoy the drive in this vehicle that I can! I absolutely love this car. I've many other threads about other topics on this forum, so I'll limit this thread to only my experiences as a parent and how I feel about this car.
My feelings on the use of this car for a family are somewhat mixed. It's sporty, with some room to haul, though that may mean the reduction of seating capacity, which is usually not an option for families who use car seats. That said, let's move into car seats:
This is really my biggest topic here, so hold your breath, here we go.
Configuration of car seats in this car are really not bad, however, fitting THREE STANDARD SEATS into the back of this car is an impossibility. My sweaty self couldn't make it work comfortably, without making me or my 5 year old have to do some serious arm gymnastics just to buckle in every time.
We have a Britax Marathon (2), a Graco Booster with High-Back, and a Cosco Scenera (lightweight travel seat), Links Below.
One Marathon 70, one High-Back Booster, and a Scenera cannot fit in the back seat. There is a deficit of about 1-2 inches to make it comfortable, even while one is rear-facing and the other two are front. The biggest problem is actually that the High-Back chair cannot easily be buckled in every time. I think that three regular seats MAY fit, if you were to get the correct seats and install them, but with standard seats, it is a difficult task.
This is just to make mention of the car seat issue simply because spending an additional $300 x 3 seats = $900 may be an unexpected cost for people looking to use this car to haul 3 children of car-seat age.
FYI, for those looking to fit three across, here's a good option:
x3 of course.
A very important note here is also headrests. The Headrests in the back do not remove easily (or at all from what I tried, though I may be able to remove the head rest by tilting the seat forward and getting some extra room to remove it. The reason I bring this up is that the headrests must be raised to the highest level in order to accommodate the car seat appropriately. Even in this case, you must then tuck the car seat backing UNDER the back of the headrest to have it positioned right. While driving, the headrests then obstruct your rear view through the window significantly, taking out almost 30% of your total view when two headrests are up. I'll experiment with this later, but in the manual, it does say to simply raise the headrests up before installing the seats, which is what I did. Upon reflection, I should probably have removed them entirely. I'll try this tomorrow.
I decided later to install two of my car seats and take my 5 and 2 year olds out for a ride, more on this later.
Oh BOY Cameras! The Rear Cam is standard equipment on all trim levels, but on the EX and EX-L trims, you also get Honda Lane Watch. I'll say that this is an unexpected boon for me. I was expecting it to be annoying and somewhat distracting, but I find it totally useful, and anything that increases the safety of my family gets a big thumbs up in my book.
Having a Rear Cam is no big deal anymore as pretty much all major manufacturers are putting them on their cars these days, but the side cam allows you to have extra info, extra views, and the ability to turn it on and off as desired is pretty slick!
One small problem with the LaneWatch cam is that at night time, the depth and distance is really hard to judge because you really only have headlights coming at you and the resolution and clarity of the picture become grainy and harder to read. I'd probably rather just turn my head as I normally would otherwise.
I have the cloth seats, and since I opted for the Deep Ocean Pearl, I got the Gray interior (which is really more of a Beige in my opinion, but what do I know). Interior materials are super important for me as a parent because, let's be honest, kids are filthy. My kids are no exception, and as luck would have it, I had an opportunity to inadvertently test the upholstery against my toddler's muddy shoes. That's right, my BRAND NEW HR-V with LIGHT COLORED INTERIOR got trampled inside by my toddler in muddy, wet shoes.
Before you have an aneurysm and die like I nearly did, a wipe down with paper towels and some really light scrubbing (without solvents, just dry) took the mud right off the cloth! not even a trace behind, I'll say I'm stupefied at how well this upholstery resisted the mud stains from my son. Now the crumbs that I couldn't jiggle out of their seats that still somehow ended up on my seats and floor are another matter entirely...
Loading and unloading the kids was actually a real breeze. My 5 year old could hop out really easy and even my 2 year old could jump out of the car unassisted (Maybe a bad thing??) On the contrary, my 2 year old does need help getting out of the Odyssey because it's a little clumsier for him though I'm not sure it has anything to do with height because they're probably very similar in height... Maybe the Ody is a little higher up?
Alright I'm running out of stuff to say here. I'm sure I'll continue to post with more experiences and share them as they come! Good luck out there all you prospective buyers and congratulations all you new owners! This is one amazing car!