Yes, I took it on a test drive. IMHO test drives are next to worthless, but I drove it a few miles and it was fine. Itís still fine, but there are a number of things I wish Iíd realized or noticed before deciding to buy.
For one thing, there is next to no place to put anything such as pair of glasses, loose change, stuff. I traded a 2009 Corolla and it had so much more places to stash stuff, including a overhead eyeglass compartment. My daughter has a Buick Encore, about the same size, and it has tons more front dear storage areas than the hrv.
Iíve never driven a CVT car before so maybe Iíll get used it, but I find the transmission to be noisier than Iím used to, and it seems to have a low growling sound at times. The car has only 18k on it, so maybe thatís just normal. Iíd like to check the transmission fluid but IĎm a bit reluctant to pull it myself, plus the dealer supposedly did their 182 point certification check. However I found all tires over inflated by about 8 psi, and the spare donut tire at 30 psi when should be 60, so not very confident in how conscientiously the dealer checked anything. Also it doesnít look to me like the check plug has ever had a wrench on it.
The doors are all very stiff for some reason and itís annoying. Iíve tried squirting a little lubricant in the hinge areas but that made no difference at all. Itís s small thing but noticeable every time I open or close the doors. And Iím finding the rear door handles to be inconvenient and awkward now that Iím using them regularly. If there is supposed to be some advantage to the placement of these door handles over the conventional, I have yet to appreciate it.
I really am concerned that Iím unable to find any service manual anywhere for this car. I never owned any Honda before so donít know if thatís just the way it is with all models or just this model. There was plenty of info for the Corolla and I did lots of minor repairs and maintenance myself over the years. Now Iím afraid Iíll be dependent on the Honda dealer for practically everything. Even checked AllData and no luck there either.
Like I said, itís fine. Maybe a little buyerís remorse because Iím not sure it was my best choice. Wish I could have kept it for a test day or two rather than just a few minutes test drive. On the other hand, if I get half as many miles out of it as the Corolla (230,000), and it is as reliable I wonít have anything to complain about.