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I got a call from my Honda dealer a few minutes after 6pm. She said a truck full of HR-Vs had just arrived. I went down and took a look at an LX. It was the only one off the truck when I got there. One of the sales reps confirmed something I read I other post. High volume CR-V dealers are getting their HR-Vs first.

I maxed out the seat height and realized it was an inch or two lower than my Element. There was lots of room in the back seats. When I cranked the seat up to the max my elbow didn't rest comfortably on the center console.
Those were my immediate observations. No deal breakers. I'm going back to look at an EX-L as that is what I'm eyeing.

I wasn't able to test drive because it hadn't gone through their check-in process yet. I'll go back tomorrow.

Anyhow, the vehicles are beginning to arrive!
 

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I'm sorry for going off-topic, but as a hiker and biker, the Element really has me fascinated. I'm even considering getting one used. What is your take on it as an owner? I wish Honda still made them!
 

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I got a call from my Honda dealer a few minutes after 6pm. She said a truck full of HR-Vs had just arrived. I went down and took a look at an LX. It was the only one off the truck when I got there. One of the sales reps confirmed something I read I other post. High volume CR-V dealers are getting their HR-Vs first.

I maxed out the seat height and realized it was an inch or two lower than my Element. There was lots of room in the back seats. When I cranked the seat up to the max my elbow didn't rest comfortably on the center console.
Those were my immediate observations. No deal breakers. I'm going back to look at an EX-L as that is what I'm eyeing.

I wasn't able to test drive because it hadn't gone through their check-in process yet. I'll go back tomorrow.

Anyhow, the vehicles are beginning to arrive!

No pictures of the LX?? Sorry I am anxious to see some. Maybe tomorrow when you go back?


Thanks!
 

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I really love the Element. Tons of room in the back. I have an LX. It doesn't have any arm rests and the seats were never really great. Those are my only qualms with it. I, too, wish they still made them. I think the HRV can fill that niche for many as well as many other niches for different wants and needs.
 

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I'm sorry for going off-topic, but as a hiker and biker, the Element really has me fascinated. I'm even considering getting one used. What is your take on it as an owner? I wish Honda still made them!
i had an element for 7 years, excellent versatility. to me, the best thing about it was the "rubbermaid" floors and suicide doors. made for no worries when some mud an dirt were on them. cleaning was a breeze.

i really wish they would have made something like the renegade with the "rubbermaid" floors
 

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i had an element for 7 years, excellent versatility. to me, the best thing about it was the "rubbermaid" floors and suicide doors. made for no worries when some mud an dirt were on them. cleaning was a breeze.

i really wish they would have made something like the renegade with the "rubbermaid" floors
Exactly why I will be getting all-weather mats to replace the ones that come with the HR-V.
 

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I loved the fact (or at least what I read) that you could just take a hose to the back of an Element. It was designed so the water would drain without rusting anything. Brilliant.
 

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I'll probably get WeatherTech mats for my next car. I have 2 family members with them and they're especially great for ski season when muddy parking lot snow is melting off they have a 2" lip that holds in the dirty water. Pop 'em out and hose them off when you get home!
 

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Loved my Element to death (2008 EX) ...I put 176k on it and regrettably sold it because I sort of inherited a 2007 crv with only 65k on it.....if they still made them I would buy a brand new one no doubt .....I kind of like to think the HRV is a "sort of" replacement for the Element....they were awesome vehicles ,,,mine got 23-24mpg on the highway ....and that 176k was completely trouble free miles...I just replaced brake pads , plugs and the condenser fan .......ABSOLUETLY no other repairs ! That original 2.4 engine and trans is bulletproof . Remarkably similar in size too...
HRV....................... 14.08 feet
ELEMENT.................14.16 feet
 

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Just finished my test drive

Awesome! Let us know how the test drive goes!
I just took the HRV for a test drive. I drove an EX. I'm 5' 8'' and like to sit up high so I can see as much as possible. I currently drive a Honda Element, which has a very high roof. So take any criticism with a grain of salt. The HRV is a not as high as the Element, so I raised the seat as high as it would go and moved it closer to the steering wheel until it was a comfortable distance. The problem was that I was about an inch from the ceiling. Also, at this height I did not see much of the hood. This may be fine for others but a little uncomfortable for me. As I was driving, I found the need to move the visor from the front to the side. As I did, I found there was no room to rotate the visor without having to dramatically lower and tilt my head.

I got to take the HRV on a short strip of a highway. So, as soon as I did, I pressed the pedal all the way down to see what the pick-up felt like. It wasn't horrible. It definitely wasn't impressive, but I think we all knew that. Overall it drove very, very smooth and was a quiet ride. The sales rep told me that the lane watch and rear camera display and radio was the same as the CRV. I really liked that feature.

Accessing the area where you can charge your phone was a little awkward. The only way I could comfortably access it was from outside the vehicle.

I think I'm leaning towards getting a CRV instead of an HRV. After following this forum for more than six months I want to say thanks for all the helpful news and speculation.

If I can answer any other question, I'll do my best.
 

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One othe thing I forgot to mention. The dealer is charging $499 for Appearance Protection, $299 for Theft Protection, and $1000 for Dealer Markup. The rep confirmed that the dealer markup was due to low inventory, high demand. After hearing that I didn't even ask about the other fees. The sale price for an EX was $24,643 before taxes. That includes the $880 destination charge. $1800 over MSRP! WOW!
 

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My wife is currently driving a 2009 Honda Fit and has been excited about the HRV. The excitement is beginning to fade. We are also looking at the Ford Escape and 2016 Hyundai Tucson.
 

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Bought one in Feb

I got one off the second shipment that arrived in Perth Australia. Done just over 5000 km already and am loving it. In Australia spec mine is the middle of the three levels, VTI-S, which adds keyless entry, active city stop, blind spot camera, LED Drl's on top of the basic model. They all come in front wheel drive, with the 1.8 petrol engine coupled to the cvt transmission.

I also own a 2014 Jazz Vti-s (I believe it's called the Fit in USA) with the 1.5 engine and same cvt tranny.
 

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Sorry no pics. I'll try and get some when I go back.
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I see a problem with grandkids in the HR-v. I have 8 and one more on the way. The cloth doors are not only ugly but unpractical IMO. There is a good reason for plastic door panels. Plastic cleans up much easier than cloth.. The HR-v has taken a large notch down because of weird cloth door panels. Might be a deal breaker for me because it's something I would have to always be concerned about getting dirty and/or stained.
 

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Starting to get calls from several CT and RI dealers - the HRV is available to drive pretty much everywhere in my area. Off to see and drive it in a few hours. My primary concern going into the test drive is whether the vehicle has adequate power. I'll be paying very close attention to that area. Hilly here, and absolutely unforgiving 80 MPH rush hour traffic. No mercy if you're driving an under powered or under braked vehicle.

Cool to see the initial reactions. Some folks here loved it and bought it on the spot. Others went "meh". I think both reactions are educational.
 
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