I finally went to test drive an HRV today at my local dealership in NH. The size of the vehicle was perfect, roomy inside, bigger than I expected. However, as a short 5'2" woman, with the seat all the way up, I sat so low I did not have a comfortable view of the road over the dashboard. The belt line of this car is very high. Also, there is a wide step over the side foot board to get to the seat (like my husband's pick up truck). The visibility out of the front, for me, was so poor, that I decided not to test drive the HRV (similar to the Buick Encore). I was worried about the visibility out the back before sitting in the vehicle, which turned out to be less of a problem than the front. I have been waiting for the HRV to be released and was disappointed. I'm not sure whether the leather seats would have offered better adjustability for higher driver's seat height. There were not HRVs with leather in stock.