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Decided to go to Palm Springs via Banning (long way) then onto the Salton Sea, Borrego Springs and finally before heading up and over Palomar mountain, Montezuma Valley road or s22 - called a top 5 road by Top Gear its the place that almost all of the auto manufacturers come to test there vehicles because you gain nearly 4000 feet of elevation in 11 miles at +6% grade and temperatures that day went from 110 at the base to 60 at the summit, its about as hard of a road as there is for them to test on.

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It sounds like a challenging drive, but you're still at an elevation roughly equivalent to where I drive on a daily basis. I took my HRV up over Trail Ridge Road this summer (12,183' maximum elevation), Vail Pass and others. Nothing challenges a vehicle like pure elevation with those steep grades like you're referencing. And, yes, the HRV did just fine. Did it wind up the revs a bit on some of the climbs? Yeah, but all vehicles were huffing a bit. I was able to keep in the left lane, pushing 75+ at 10,000' of elevation. Not bad for a vehicle with such a small engine and CVT.
 

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Yeah I havent had any issues, the salton sea is -225 and the Onyx Summit is +8500 - they are within 90 minutes of each other with temps that go from 50 to 110 easily. I still prefer driving it on a cool morning on PCH though. A guy I know is trying to push his to 55-60mpg and it flies when he puts the hammer down, kinda jelly.
 
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