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New to the forums, referred here by Redflag deals. Have test driven a few cars, including an HR-V. Just wondering about the pickup for merging into traffic. Had a 2000 Civic, which was great but underpowered with the 1.6L, especially with the AC on. Wondering if the 1.8 in the HR-V would be the same issue. Not speed demons by any means, but like to get to Highway speed in decent time and pass quickly when needed. Thanks.
 

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If highway passing (quickly) is a requirement, I would pass on the HR-V. It's adequate, but probably similar to your Civic. I do not have issues personally, because I knew what I was getting into, but it takes time to get up to speed, and passing requires some thought beforehand.
 

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I am coming from a Yaris so the acceleration for me is great. I have no problem passing or merging onto interstate. Might be an issue with 3+ passengers.
Completely agree with the heart of Fearturtle's post. I consider my new HRV-EX AWD a big step up from my 1997 RAV4 with a 1.4L 128hp. I admit I mostly drive alone or occasionally with one passenger, so I'm rolling light, but I step on it entering a hiway or changing lanes and it is responsive and quick enough to slide into even a short opening in speedy traffic. Not loaded with a full car of people and gear may give me the speed and pickup I find perfectly adequate, so I'm willing to qualify my satisfaction and recommendation.

Street speed in NYC is limited to 25 mph. I struggle to behave and comply as the HRV is quite peppy and will get up past 35 in the street faster than I realize.

All around, if you think you will drive with 3-4 adults and cargo/luggage or need steady speeds above 65, this is not the ideal car. If that's not your circumstances, then the HRV is a terrific little car with many charms, quiet comfort, and particularly nice dashboard electronics.

I should add that the 4 wheel disc ABS brakes are instantaneous, yet smartly soft and not grabby, just the best brakes on any car I tried out before buying my Honda. I'd have to say that the emphasis on Go power is important, but once you're up to speed, you'll like knowing that strong straight, reliable Stop power is right there with you. I don't take the really good brakes on the HRV for granted.
 

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I have the FWD with a manual, so it's a little faster. If I have 2 or more passengers, or running the ac, I need to slam it in some situations. By planning ahead though I can usually pass people on ramps and have no problem moving around on the freeway when I drive by myself.

Not unsafe, but not a big passer if loaded down

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Definitely test drive to make sure it meets your expectations, if 4WD is not needed the 2wd is a little better
If you want push you back in your seat acceleration go test drive the civic hatch with the 1.5 turbo, it's another great option
Hopefully the 2018 HR-V will include the 1.5 turbo, I love mine in my civic
 

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I agree with all the comments of this post.

I've had the experience driving alone (which I normally do) and with 4 passengers (a 5-hour road trip). I have an LX 2WD.

This is a great single-person's car. On the freeway, the acceleration is suitable. Put your car in sports mode for a bit more umph. Though that grace of speed becomes less and less with more people in the car. During my road trip with four other passengers, passing up big rigs took a bit longer than I'd like, even in sports mode. Wasn't horrible, though.

Otherwise, if you're not doing a lot of highway driving, the HRV acceleration is more than what you need for basic traffic and highway driving. It's short length comes in handy during those quick merges.

And consider your price range, too. The HRV goes 0-60 in just about 9 seconds. The Civ turbo can do the same in 6.8 seconds. So, it depends on how much 2.2 seconds really means to you and how often you'll need that extra time, too. The real difference in speed comes with a lot more money.
 

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Here's my observation after all of 3 whole days driving around town in my HR-V LX AWD. I used to own a small turbo AWD CVT, and that thing can "zoom".

The HR-V acceleration is acceptable for a non-turbo CVT vehicle. The CVT is another factor too. It can't "hop" to a lower gear like regular A/T when you hit the gas. It can only "walk" or "run" there. So, I think that makes a difference too in my non-technical opinion.

I would not attempt those quick pass-and-hide tactics when you are stuck behind a long caravan of winnebagos/ silverstreams on a two lane curvy rural or mountain highway. I just pray it will be their nap time soon :D
 

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I really think it varies depending on other cars you have driven. If you are coming from a 2000 civic with the 1.6, I suspect this is the 160HP Si model. The HRV is heavier and slower so, yes you will definitely notice it being even slower. For lower HP vehicles, you need to adjust your driving. You need to make sure you are giving yourself and other vehicle enough space when you try and get up to speed. My other vehicle is an 09 Jetta with 170HP and 177 TQ and there is a significant difference in performance. Now, as others have said, if you are coming from a 2000 Civic DX, LX, or EX which I believe is only 127 HP, I believe you won't notice any difference because the added HP has been offset by the additional weight.
 

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I wonder now with the newer 2019 with a some tweaks to teh CVT they did. if it's improved, if I get to test drive one it will be to the hwy not some local street ride maybe renting for the day
 

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I wonder now with the newer 2019 with a some tweaks to teh CVT they did. if it's improved, if I get to test drive one it will be to the hwy not some local street ride maybe renting for the day
Tip: use Shift /Sport mode with eco off to test out the acceleration. You can with use the paddle shifters or not. There is a difference in S mode and I have no issues speeding into freeways and passing other drivers.
 

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Tip: use Shift /Sport mode with eco off to test out the acceleration. You can with use the paddle shifters or not. There is a difference in S mode and I have no issues speeding into freeways and passing other drivers.
Thank you for the tips. will see oneday? One thing I like to find out is the on and off start stop system. when the car is off the lagancy of hit the pedal and how long it takes to go, Lol.

And I'll hear put the car in brake hold and when you slamb the gas..... (just kidding)
 

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if you use the Sport mode and utilize the paddle shifters - you can almost keep the engine in a sweet spot for zipping around- but it should be test driven if you are worried.
 

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Tip: use Shift /Sport mode with eco off to test out the acceleration. You can with use the paddle shifters or not. There is a difference in S mode and I have no issues speeding into freeways and passing other drivers.
Thank you for the tips. will see oneday? One thing I like to find out is the on and off start stop system. when the car is off the lagancy of hit the pedal and how long it takes to go, Lol.

And I'll hear put the car in brake hold and when you slamb the gas..... (just kidding)
You're welcome!
I did a 0-60 test late one night and I'm surprised! Check out my video :

https://youtu.be/y0mR9EB4cFs
 

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Dead stop to 60 mph not a drag racer. If your at 40 mph+ and put it to the floor it flies. I can easily blow by cars traveling the speed limit. The CVT does not jerk like traditional auto transmissions. I love how it works. My wife says you can hammer it without spilling her coffee. I bought this awesome vehicle because of fuel economy, how exceptional it handles in the snow *AWD*. I average 36-37 mpg Highway in summer in eco mode even at 70 mph. This is Honda’s little secret and I’m ok with it as 10 gazillion CRVs pass me by.
 

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thanks. seeing how it did and seeing a few, I saw one as a Emergency Car so it is something I have to one day again go test drive or rent for a day. wished 158 Hp that would be the icing on the cake
 

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Dead stop to 60 mph not a drag racer. If your at 40 mph+ and put it to the floor it flies. I can easily blow by cars traveling the speed limit. The CVT does not jerk like traditional auto transmissions. I love how it works. My wife says you can hammer it without spilling her coffee. I bought this awesome vehicle because of fuel economy, how exceptional it handles in the snow *AWD*. I average 36-37 mpg Highway in summer in eco mode even at 70 mph. This is Honda’s little secret and I’m ok with it as 10 gazillion CRVs pass me by.
Cool. FYI the AWD is heavier than the 2wd so i think it does make a difference.
 

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Weight for the touring is unavailable in AWD but these are the models FWD and AWD

what 50 lbs is a lot of weight hmmm but increases per model its not a LX to a touring that will be a few hundred Lol

Curb Weight (2WD/AWD)
2906 lbs / 3066 lbs

2928 lbs / 3096 lbs

2959 lbs / 3124 lbs X

2974 lbs / 3142 lbs

NA / 3150 lbs

Weight Distribution (front/rear, 2WD)
61.8% / 38.2%

61.9% / 38.1%

61.4% / 38.6%

61.5% / 38.5%
 
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