Well this is what 3000km/2000miles of a 3 week ski vacation in our HRV looks like! Pic is in Golden B.C.
My wife and I met in the Calgary ski club 20 years ago and we still ski 20+ days a year.
Winter driving just trashes any vehicle. Sand, gravel, salt, etc, etc. This is why we bought the HRV.
It handles poorly but with 4 winter tires and front wheel drive, it is excellent in the snow.
As mentioned previously, the Nokian all-weather tires from our Acura are too small (195/65R16) but work excellent in snow and ice.
While our HRV has the full 3M clear film paint protection, I have always used a car bra on all our winter ski vehicles.
Car bra's are a total pain to deal with but clear film paint protection is not enough on the hood.
The HRV hood bra I bought is a cheapo from Amazon. CAD$70. It's not great and I should have got the Colgan one but it's fine for now and great protection. We just use the bra for long winter trips.
I always put black plastic cardboard to block off the lower grill opening.
This keeps rocks and gravel from damaging the AC condenser.
I removed the lower air deflectors in front of the rear wheels. Those are a totally poor design as they trap snow, salt and gravel. Once removed there is a 1inch hole that needs a rubber plug.
But it's way better with those removed.
With the 3 of us, 6 pairs of ski's, and all our gear, the HRV stuggles up long steep highway passes but it has enough room and gets incredible fuel economy.
On our 1st stretch: Calgary to Kamloops B.C. , 700km/450miles, 2 mtn passes to go over, full winter roads and cold temps, my wife driving, we hand calculated 42.5 MPG Imperial / 6.6L/100/km / 35.4MPG US.
This is pretty slow winter highway driving, avg 50mph/80km/hr. But incredible fuel mileage.
It's lower when I'm driving rather than my wife.
All these figures are hand calculated, NOT from the info on the vehicle dash. I never trust the vehicle mileage info on the dash on any vehicle.
Our used HRV has been great, no issues after I fixed all the minor issues.
It has a rattle on the passenger side of the dash when idling and cold but it goes away when it warms up.
The only concern is that the CVT trans runs hot when under load. it will go to 210F up a long hill in with the HRV loaded down with our ski gear.
This is too hot for me. It does cool down when going downhill but this makes me uncomfortable.
When the CVT trans hits 205F up a long hill, I slow down to preserve the trans.
And this is in the winter. How hot will it go in the hot summer up the same long hill.
Not sure, but I'm thinking a CVT trans cooler may be needed. Not expensive, easy to install.
I don't think many HRV owners are even monitoring their CVT trans temp at all.
I would be curious if others are seeing the same trans temps.
The trans does get hot in stop and go traffic, 200F+ but that's with no load and at that point the engine goes to 200F+ which heats up the trans.
The other thing is that I hate the rubber weatherstripping at the bottom of all the doors.
They collect dirt and salt and will totally contribute to rust if left that way.
I was going to remove them but there are plastic clips in holes to hold the rubber strips in place.
I soaked the holes and door bottoms with Rust Check (similar to Fluid film) but I am going to have
to do something about this in the spring.
It's still under warranty but I still have some mods in mind.
Cold air intake, remove passenger side exhaust resonator, bypass throttle body coolant heater, leather steering wheel.