Joined the forum to get more info and first-hand tips. the 2016 HR-V looks groovy and i'm planning to give it a try, but I still need to know info about it.
I messed with the paddle shifters a bit. I don't think I'll use them to slow down to turn - I just can't get the timing right and it feels jerky. But I did downshift when pulling out onto the highway a few times and that was pretty fun getting that extra boost of power.
Very Responsive Padding shift. Tap the downshift once while in "D" and you will have control for Three(3)Seconds. Tap it twice and you will have more control. Sometimes, I just end up holding down the paddle and let go when I no longer need the boost.I think I just might go to my Honda Dealership And Give Those Paddle Shifters a try myself. Any Droning while paddle shifting.
You really need to drive an HRV with the CVT. I've driven manual cars more than auto in my life and the only reason I buy Automatic now is because the wife doesn't know how to drive manual. With that said, the HRV CVT can emulate a 7 speed auto transmission and can be driven like a manual on S mode. When on regular drive mode, you can shift up and down using the paddle shifters and it will continue to shift on its own like normal. You can definitely tell the difference when you downshift with the paddles to pass cars, go up hills, or to tranny brake down hills.I've driven manual all my life, but I'll take a crack at describing it. I don't think paddle shifters are necessary or helpful in an automatic, but maybe that's because I'm craving the real thing With the CVT transmission in this car (which doesn't really have any gears), I think it's especially useless. Also note I have the manual and have never used the HR-V in an auto.
Generally engines have more power at higher RPM (how fast the engine is spinning), so if you want more power you can "downshift" using the left paddle to bring the RPM higher. This can be helpful if you see a need to pass someone coming up, you can prep the engine for higher power before you pull out. If you waited until you pulled out then hit the gas, the car will have some lag while it downshifts.
Another use for downshifting is to slow the car down using the transmission. On hills this is useful because the engine will drag the car down instead of riding the brakes as hard. I've also used this when my brakes have all out failed and I need to come to a stop, but hope you don't need that
Upshifting (the right side paddle) can be useful to bring the RPM down, which could possibly give you better gas mileage in situations where you don't need the power. Generally upshifting an automatic is useless unless you just want to play with the engine.
I'll re-iterate, there's no reason to use it in this car. The CVT should react and give you the power needed when you need it. I guess maybe you could use it when anticipating a pass, but I doubt you'll get much out of it.