I would purchase an HRV this week if it were available in a manual transmission. I want to replace my '93 Honda (which was stolen last week, and is now back with > $1000 in damages). I have owned many cars I've enjoyed, from bugeye Sprite, vintage Jaguar, Austin-Healey 100-6, Jensen Healey, and '72 and '87 Toyota Landcruisers. Although not as exciting as many of the others, my Honda was the most reliable and required the least amount of maintenance cost. I have been shopping for vehicles for six months, and haven't found a small SUV type vehicle with excellent storage, great gas mileage, and attractive styling that is available in a manual transmission. The HRV is the only thing that's close to what I'd like. AWD and turbo would be very nice, even though that would reduce gas mileage rating. This vehicle will appeal to a wide variety of people (I'm mid-60's single female).