Here's my test drive experience, keep in mind I love me some horsepower on my cars, but I used to own a 99 civic EX so I know what 127hp feels in a 2,600lbs car so going into a 141hp with 2,900 I knew it would feel pretty much the same. What i'm looking for is the SUV like ride height, I don't want to feel like its another car down low, also the space inside and in the cargo area although I don't need that much just enough to fit a stroller and maybe some groceries. My first impression when I saw it for the first time in person was that it looks smaller than I thought on the outside, but that didn't discourage me since I already knew its a sub-compact going in. After that I went straight ahead to look at it on the inside and my first thought was that the interior looks really good for the price of the car, up until that point I have not had a soft touch interior and I definitely like that aspect of the HR-V. Anyway the sales man got the keys and handed them to me, I drove an LX model so it has the conventional unlock with a button get in and insert and turn the key and I thought it was not that bad knowing I need to pay at least $2,000 more for the smart entry and push to start, I kept thinking what if those fail but that's another topic on its own. When I headed out there was a pot hole and road imperfections and I purposely went over them just to feel out the suspension and was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the ride, accelerating with the CVT I really had forgotten it was a CVT since ive never driven one before, to me it just felt like a regular automatic. I did punch it a bit and did experience the rev to torque peak effect but it really doesn't bother me at all. As I gained speed at about 50+ I did notice some road noise much lower than in other cars ive been in, definitely not a luxury SUV in the road noise category but its not on the cheap sedan level either, what I noticed is it varied, as I got onto a better road the noise went way down and it was really quiet on the nicer road. Steering wheel feels real nice on the hands, the speedo, rpm and info display all look conventional but modern at the same time, the green/white ring on the speedo is a real nice feature for saving gas I really like that. The stereo was just fine but im not an audio guy with my cars so the basic stereo is fine for me. When I got back to the dealer ship I tested the reverse camera and liked it a lot, the 3 modes really give you an aid to park and I see myself using it a lot. Played with the audio system a bit and on the LX its a basic audio system nothing fancy but works well, and I prefer the traditional knobs over a full touch interface.
Overall I really liked it a lot and I was looking at other SUV's (Nissan Rogue, Rav4) but the for price, cargo room/space, gas mileage and the warranty/service is just right on the deal im getting for the HR-V, I mean Honda really had me with the included 3 years roadside assistance and my dealer has a 3 year oil changes offer right now, so i'm buying one as soon they get a modern steel LX 2WD with CVT.
Last edited by crow; 06-15-2015 at 05:23 PM.