That is correct....."cram together' is the accurate phrase...but it can be done.Someone (Bicepeak, I think?) said it was, but requires some effort and maybe 2 people to align the seat tops and push them down. Honda hasn't mentioned that mode at all in North American releases / ads.
Well that is how we basically did it. Just think about how hard it is to use the recline angle lever for the front seat and push the back seat down together by yourself. We did it together, but it is a very tight smoosh.From a video I saw some time ago, it looked like this:
- front seat all the way forward
- front headrest off
- lift rear seat bottom some, recline front seat until the top of the front seat back meets the front of the rear seat bottom head on
- schmoosh 'em down
Bice, does that sound right? The key thing I remember is that the two cushions have to meet in the air, so to speak... you can't leave the rear seat down and squish the front down past it. Think of the two halves of London Bridge dropping down to meet in the middle.
Disclaimer: I just gleaned this from a single dimly-remembered video and from thinking about it, and I have no way to verify it until the HRVs get here in July!
Edit: Hmm... guess I could try it out on a Fit, come to think of it. If I find myself at a dealer this week, say putting down a deposit, I'll try to remember to do that.
Yes it was much easier with the fabric seats.The sales rep showed my wife and I lounge mode in an EX 2WD manual. It only took him a second to set it up, no help and I couldn't even tell you what he did. I did not take a photo but it is possible. So it's at least possible with the fabric seats.
Believe me, I've been thinking about it! Discovered my passport expired in January, though, so now I have to wait a couple of weeks. Also, last I checked the Clipper's timed for Americans coming North, so it's pretty much impossible without spending 2 nights in Seattle.Why not take the Victoria Clipper down to Seattle instead of waiting for Canada to get it? You can check out the HR-V there.
I'm a little surprised no one posted pics of them using lounge mode in this thread. I did see so one share is in another general discussion "unheralded features" but I'll share some I took yesterday. I'm just glad I luckily came across this feature on YouTube the other day. Note, there are two ways to set up lounge mode, but I set it up the easier way without squishing the top of the passenger seat to the back seat, and it was still comfortable for me. I haven't tried this on the road as a passenger, but it looks to be safe since you can still use the backseat seatbelt. (BTW I'm about 5'7")
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Your dog is like, why don’t I get lounge mode too?