Hi AMRadio! Glad you had a chance to go for a test drive and enjoyed the EX-CVT. I have an LX FWD-CVT and really enjoy it so far - only owned my HRV for 12 days
but I too find similar findings that you mention, with some differences.....
-seats I find comfortable - I am 5'7" - 135 lb female- enough adjustment choices to be comfortable
-gauges are awesome - well laid out and easy to read and looks really nice too
- touch screens I find are fine - for A/C no issues at all. I use the steering wheel controls for the radio and bluetooth - very useful I think even though the touch screen is still okay to use
-I like the console - very sleek and it does hide everything
-re: visibility I find it is really good for front, side and rear views and for me the C pillar does not seem to be a problem, but I don't have the right hand mirror camera like the EX model so it could be different? I find when doing a shoulder check I have very good visibility and the backup camera works very well - I am in a very tight parking spot with a concrete pillar on my right side and have no problems backing up. The camera at night seems very clear to me so far as well. The LX model does not have the tinted rear window so perhaps that makes a difference for visibility - maybe other members will comment and give more feedback
- I had an older Honda Fit that I traded for my HRV and I find the HRV just as good or even better for visibility especially with the higher ride position
- re: Cargo cover - LX model does not come with one and I did not purchase - MSRP is nuts - I hope it will come down in price eventually or if I can find an aftermarket version?
- re: ride/noise/CVT - I thoroughly enjoy the ride....yes you feel the road a bit, but it is not noisy in the cabin to me at all and quite smooth on the highway in particular. I really like the ride and the CVT is not a problem for highway driving and city driving is a breeze - love the Econ button
I am not a speed demon but still more than enough power to feel comfortable
-have not used the brake assist yet....but I love the parking brake - it is cool!
Well that is my 2 cents! Just wanted to share too
Hope you are able to find the car of your wishes - maybe it will be the HRV!