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Question for HRV owners???

I am thinking about upgrading from my 2013 Honda Civic LX to a 18 HVR LX or EX model. From what I have read both models have the same 1.8l engine. How would the cvt compare to my current automatic transmission? My civic gets great mileage just not great acceleration and I expect the HRV would be very similar. I would appreciate any input about this matter. If I get the shift paddle would that help accelerating into traffic? I really like the looks, height and price of hrv.


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The best thing you can do is take the HRV for a test drive. You can compare both vehicles through Edmunds, etc but nothing actually compares to a test drive.

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I owned two 2011 civics (for daughters) and the gear and cvt trannies are remakably similar in terms of performance. I agree with the above, you need to take a ride.

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I came from a 2007 Fit automatic. Performance is about the same. My biggest complaint with the car is that it is noisy (which I was aware of before I bought it). On hilly freeways, the engine's RPM sometimes stay higher than the Fit's, not a problem, but it makes the HRV louder. Not a deal breaker, I would buy the car again. I have read that CVTs are inherently noisier than conventional autos.
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Do a test drive with the EX. You REALLY have to try the paddle shifters in Sports mode. Best feature of the car by far.

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Thank you for your input, I will drive one, I am not familiar with paddle shifters, do you let off gas and pull/push shifters to shift?
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You'll see....You don't have to come off the pedal to shift..... the paddles work all the time, regardless of the gas pedal position. But It's not a true hard shift like you would have with gears, it's a CVT. For more on a CVT just Wiki it.....

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For sure it's not like driving a real stick. But it truly wakes up the car. The way it's tuned, on normal driving in "D" the ecu always wants you to not pass 1500-1700rpm. I mean come on... Yes you want to save gas but it's still a naturally aspirated 4banger and max torque happens at 4300rpm and max hp at 6500rpm. Even in Sports mode the ecu won't let you climb pass 4500rpm...With the paddle shifters you actually control it all, stick in the power range, no bugging, etc. It's still a weak car don't get me wrong, but you can actually use that hp and easily pass and have a decent acceleration for what it is.

Yeah... I miss my EVO... and my Wrx... And my 5.0L Mustang...

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Even in Sports mode the ecu won't let you climb pass 4500rpm...

I don't have that issue. My 2018 EX revs all the way to the red line, and stays there if needed for acceleration, climbing, passing, etc. Maybe they changed the programming for the 2018s.
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I don't have that issue. My 2018 EX revs all the way to the red line, and stays there if needed for acceleration, climbing, passing, etc. Maybe they changed the programming for the 2018s.
I'll do a few tests in a straight line, and going up a hill. Pedal to the floor. I'll see what happens.

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