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Hello from Chicagoland

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I live in the western suburbs, and my 2007 Honda Fit Sport MT just flipped 100,000 miles. It's been a very reliable, economical, and practical little car with tremendous cargo room for its size. I might keep it another couple years, or I might take the plunge on a new car before the end of 2015. I've been researching new cars and have been anticipating the HR-V since I heard the "Vezel" would be coming to our shores.

I'm looking for something a little bigger and more refined than my 2007 Fit but I'd hate to give up the "magic seats." Also, a vehicle with higher ground clearance & AWD would be a big plus for the snow season and on rough forest service roads to remote trailheads during hiking trips. The HR-V would be a perfect "fit" for me if AWD was available with a manual transmission. I've been shifting my own gears for 35 years and am not about to change, so I'm sorely disappointed AWD on the HR-V will be offered only with the CVT.

Still, the HR-V is the current frontrunner in my quest for a new car. The Subaru XV Crosstrek (AWD with manual) has a lot of appeal, but only 31 MPG HWY would be a hard pill to swallow.
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Welcome to the boards!

ONLY 31 mpg, 31 mpg is still fantastic compared to much that is available. Yes the new FIT pulls down 41 and the HRV should come in at say 34-35, at the end of the day 3 mpg difference is splitting hairs. A difference of cents at the pump IMO...
Welcome to the forum! The Subaru XV does get really good reviews but the fuel mileage isn't amazing. Nowadays fuel isn't that expensive though, so maybe it really wouldn't be the worst thing if that is the thing that is holding you back.

Fuel economy is pretty important to me, and not just the impact on my wallet. Though I'm not ready to give up long road trips to softball tournaments & hiking destinations, I do want to limit my consumption of fossil fuels.

3 or 4 MPG difference between the HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek wouldn't be a deal breaker, but it might be more than that:
"Fuel mileage is an open question for the conventional HR-V, but Honda suggested it would be between the CR-V’s 27/34, and the Fit’s 36/41 – figure mpg around lower 30s combined."

The Crosstrek with manual transmission is rated 23/31, so the diff is probably close to 5 or 6 MPG.

I'm also considering a few other non-crossover hatchbacks that get substantially better MPG. I've had my Fit for nearly 8 years now and it's gotten me through Chicago winters (last year was brutal) and to a lot of remote destinations, so ground clearance & AWD, though desirable, aren't an absolute requirement.

Ultimately it will come down to test drives and whichever vehicle really feels like something I want to live with for the next 100,000 miles or so.
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Fair points!

I've long given up trying to limit my consumption of fossil fuels, they're so baked into everything we do my new goal is accelerating consumption, the faster we go through them, the faster they're gone ;)
Thanks for the welcomes, and Merry Christmas to all! :D
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