After months of research, and reading forum posts, I went out and actually tested a HRV. As with any car, loved a few things, and did not like others. I was disappointed with the manual gear box as I thought it would have been a lot smoother, and more precise than I found it to be. It felt "rubbery" and I had to spend time searching for the right gate to slot the gear into. Also kept asking the salesman if I was in the correct gear. I've been driving manual transmission all my life, and even my 20 year old SUV was far more precise when clicking between gears. So, that was a bummer for me. Loved the handling, the right lane camera, and all the options you can get with this car. Was not happy with the cabin layout as I found the seat height and position of gear lever to be a tad mismatched....but that's just my opinion. The driver information gauge with mpg etc was also a bit small to read. All in all, it was a mixed experience. Fortunately, I'm not in a hurry to buy so am hoping that maybe some of these will be addressed in future model changes. I think I could get accustomed to the not very precise gear change and would welcome hearing other people's experience with this. Have been testing other brands in the same class as well but none are as well optioned as the HRV with manual, with some brands offering absolutely no options or upgrades! Like they're punishing you for actually wanting to drive a manual! This is why the HRV is still on my list.