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It's looking very likely that we will have a whole slew of reviews coming from American reviewers sometime in the next week or two from the press event that's occurring down in Miami. We've seen reviews from other parts of the world, and the pros and cons listed for the HR-V have been varied across markets. This got me wondering what the top 3 pros and top 3 cons would be from American car reviewers when it comes to the HR-V. Here are the top 3 pros and cons that I think we'll see most commonly mentioned from the reviewers.

Pros
1) Cargo space to vehicle size ratio
2) AWD availablity / ride height.
3) Cabin materials nicer than a Fit

Cons
1) Engine performance (I don't think American reviewers will think there's enough power).
2) Touch screen controls useability (radio and climate controls no having buttons)
3) Styling over functionality (specifically the USB plug in area being hard to reach and rear door handles hard to reach for kids / C-pillar area being thick and limiting visibility).

What do you think are going to the be most mentioned pros / cons? I think a wild card is going to be ride quality, some reviewers have said it's too soft while others have said it's comfortable and well balanced, so I could see it being mentioned as either a Pro or a Con.
 

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The only reviews that interest me will be for the US models once they hit dealer floors. I'm waiting until the coast is clear on potential problems with a new car from an iffy source, and I want to know the American version is something I'll like.
 

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It's looking very likely that we will have a whole slew of reviews coming from American reviewers sometime in the next week or two from the press event that's occurring down in Miami. We've seen reviews from other parts of the world, and the pros and cons listed for the HR-V have been varied across markets. This got me wondering what the top 3 pros and top 3 cons would be from American car reviewers when it comes to the HR-V. Here are the top 3 pros and cons that I think we'll see most commonly mentioned from the reviewers.

Pros
1) Cargo space to vehicle size ratio
2) AWD availablity / ride height.
3) Cabin materials nicer than a Fit

Cons
1) Engine performance (I don't think American reviewers will think there's enough power).
2) Touch screen controls useability (radio and climate controls no having buttons)
3) Styling over functionality (specifically the USB plug in area being hard to reach and rear door handles hard to reach for kids / C-pillar area being thick and limiting visibility).

What do you think are going to the be most mentioned pros / cons? I think a wild card is going to be ride quality, some reviewers have said it's too soft while others have said it's comfortable and well balanced, so I could see it being mentioned as either a Pro or a Con.

I think you nailed it as far as what the reviewers will say.


When comparos come out, most writers will declare the CX-3 the winner because they will laud it's handling and zip. That is what they value the most. We have seen this with the CX-5 against comparable models.


Of course , I don't agree because utility is more important to me. As long as the ride is good and the cabin is comfortable.HR-V for me.
 

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The only reviews that interest me will be for the US models once they hit dealer floors. I'm waiting until the coast is clear on potential problems with a new car from an iffy source, and I want to know the American version is something I'll like.
Best practice to steer clear of issues is to wait it out till people have taken delivery and put on a good few hundred miles, that usually is a good test.
 

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Cons: The touch controls. Sometimes buttons and knobs are the better solution. As an example, the radio needs a volume and tune dial. And the climate control would be better with large dials.

Pros: Vehicle size to cargo capacity. Miles per gallon and overall quality.

It is a decent vehicle in a growing segment and will likely sell in large quantities.
 

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I think one of the stressed pros will be styling.

Its will be the first on the market that looks like a CUV since the renegade is butched up, the trax is a cheap copy of the Encore and the juke is...well the juke.

I've also yet to be impressed with the cx3 exterior styling in pictures and video and just feel like it lacks the rear end fit and finish of the bigger Mazdas (I feel the same way about the 3).

That leaves only the Fiat 500x as the real visual competitor. If that's the case, you are going to hear lots of "Honda got its mojo back" and "this car is decidedly upscale and, dare I say, Acura in appearance."

I also think pricing will have the Edmunds guys talking about potential true cost to own being unbelievably attractive for a crossover as long as the top trim AWD doesn't top 26k (though I'm hoping for closer to 25k).

Cons will be capacitive controls, the weird 3 vent thing on the passenger side, lack of unique Honda storage options in the front of the cabin, and the lack of the dash mounted cup holders because those were FN awesome on the original Fit.
 
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