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I was getting set to jump on the HR-V as soon as it arrives, mostly because my present car needs some repairs (new shocks, ...) before the winter cold.

However, it seems that the HR-V is unlikely to be available in Canada before January/February. We still don't know what it will be like (engine, AWD) and I am weary of the new model/new plant syndrome. I have been looking at alternatives, but I am coming to the conclusion that the HR-V is really what I want.

So I am going to wait. My present car is perfectly usable in the spring and summer. Fall 2015 could see a much better HR-V - I hope.

It is a very dynamic segment. Next year might bring an Acura HR-V, Mazda might offer a CX-3, the Crosstrek will get its mid-cycle refresh, etc. We live in exiting times. Patience might pay off.
 

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I was getting set to jump on the HR-V as soon as it arrives, mostly because my present car needs some repairs (new shocks, ...) before the winter cold.

However, it seems that the HR-V is unlikely to be available in Canada before January/February. We still don't know what it will be like (engine, AWD) and I am weary of the new model/new plant syndrome. I have been looking at alternatives, but I am coming to the conclusion that the HR-V is really what I want.

So I am going to wait. My present car is perfectly usable in the spring and summer. Fall 2015 could see a much better HR-V - I hope.

It is a very dynamic segment. Next year might bring an Acura HR-V, Mazda might offer a CX-3, the Crosstrek will get its mid-cycle refresh, etc. We live in exiting times. Patience might pay off.

Most of the time, «delaying gratification» is a guarantee of success... It sure will apply to owning the new HRV. Personnaly, I'll delay as much as possible the decision to buy; since one may notice that Honda tends to bring improvements to his cars year after year... It was the case with my 2010 CRV, with the most engine power of its generation...
 

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It is very difficult to find the perfect car. AWD and a sufficiently stronger engine than a 1.5 liter are two attributes I would like to see the HR-V have before I commit to buy. I believe the HR-V will have the former because the market needs it, especially in the upper states of USA and in Canada. People buying the CR-V already have the choice of FD or AWD. With regards to a bigger engine, we might have to wait an extra year. Hope it is not any longer because newer options will be open to the buying public. I am ready to buy a new car, but I will be ready to wait an extra year. In that year it will give me time to read all the HR-V car reviews.
 

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Waiting sucks but if you think it's what you should do then go right ahead. You might even find that it's better to go with a slighly used vehicle that has all that you'd want in a newer one and keep it around until a new car to your standards shows up
 

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You might even find that it's better to go with a slighly used vehicle that has all that you'd want in a newer one and keep it around until a new car to your standards shows up
I thought about that. My 'standards' are almost there. A small, highly reliable, AWD car with a decent engine, advanced electronics and easy access. The HR-V is awfully close. I would not want to procrastinate more than a year.
 

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I was getting set to jump on the HR-V as soon as it arrives, mostly because my present car needs some repairs (new shocks, ...) before the winter cold.

However, it seems that the HR-V is unlikely to be available in Canada before January/February. We still don't know what it will be like (engine, AWD) and I am weary of the new model/new plant syndrome. I have been looking at alternatives, but I am coming to the conclusion that the HR-V is really what I want.

So I am going to wait. My present car is perfectly usable in the spring and summer. Fall 2015 could see a much better HR-V - I hope.

It is a very dynamic segment. Next year might bring an Acura HR-V, Mazda might offer a CX-3, the Crosstrek will get its mid-cycle refresh, etc. We live in exiting times. Patience might pay off.
Indeed, we do live in exciting times and this segment is highly competitive. Financing options are also good now, but that may change a little within a year. I just compared for example, the RVR 2014 which has been at 0% since at least April, and the 2015 is now at 3.8% :).

Buying a car is almost like buying a computer, new technologies are added all the time, you just at one point, have to live with that. What I don't like though, is car makers are pushing consumers more and more towards CVT transmissions for the sake of fuel economy and those standards along with emission controls are added pressures for car makers that make them go along a certain path for compliance and regulations purposes.

I'll have to wait myself and still am not 100% sold on the HR-V though. I'll need to test drive the models I'm looking into but I'll need to make decision by spring 2015 for sure .
 

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Indeed, we do live in exciting times and this segment is highly competitive. Financing options are also good now, but that may change a little within a year. I just compared for example, the RVR 2014 which has been at 0% since at least April, and the 2015 is now at 3.8% :).

Buying a car is almost like buying a computer, new technologies are added all the time, you just at one point, have to live with that. What I don't like though, is car makers are pushing consumers more and more towards CVT transmissions for the sake of fuel economy and those standards along with emission controls are added pressures for car makers that make them go along a certain path for compliance and regulations purposes.

I'll have to wait myself and still am not 100% sold on the HR-V though. I'll need to test drive the models I'm looking into but I'll need to make decision by spring 2015 for sure .
I agree with you, goverment mandated car design by emissions & CAFE regulations. The goverment should get out of car design and let the free market decide what consumers want.

I was waiting for the HR-V earlier this year, but Honda had such good deals during the spring that I went ahead and bought a 2014 CR-V. I figure that the Honda's hold their value so well that when the HR-V comes does come out, I can wait a little to let the price settle down and also figure out what Honda plans on doing power plant wise then trade in the CR-V and maybe owe next to nothing for the HR-V.
 

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I probably will also wait for the 2016 models. Trying to keep my '97 Toyota Rav4 alive until then, currently has 190,000 miles, and it's hanging in there.

Unfortunately, this week I need to install new timing belt, water pump, and drive belts, which will end up costing around $700 (with tranny flush). Wanted to hold off that repair and let the next owner deal with it, but the belts haven't been changed in over 120,000 miles and I'm playing with fire if I delay the repair any longer.

Learned long ago never to buy the first year of a new model. Hopefully, the upcoming Toyota repair will be the only thing I have to deal with for another year, it has been extremely reliable and inexpensive to maintain up till now.
 

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One caveat. By 2016 the HR-V might use a CVT produced in the new Mexico plant. This might turn out to be a bigger risk than the body assembly done in a new plant.
 

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One caveat. By 2016 the HR-V might use a CVT produced in the new Mexico plant. This might turn out to be a bigger risk than the body assembly done in a new plant.
Agree! Checked fitfreaks fourm, seems the quality issue they found are not something critical. At least for 2015 model we will have the JDM powertrain. >:D
 

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Good tip, checking out that forum along with other forums on the fit will be a good thing to do since they are supposed to share some things.
 
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