Okay for the money but not great overall
April 8, 2019
Replaced a Toyota Matrix that I had for 13 years and loved with an HRV last month. It's a beautiful looking subcompact SUV with the same relatively large cargo space that I had with the Matrix (same overall dimensions, the HRV just rides 6 inches higher--about the same lackluster HP, too, and MPG). But the details aren't as good in this car as in my old Toyota. I miss the fold-flat passenger seat (HRV one barely tilts forward), I'm short and where I have to place my left foot is uncomfortable, lack of cubbies and interior storage spaces, a cheap plastic knob to turn to dim the dashboard, and LOTS of computerized options that I don't need, don't want, and can't turn off--but it was mandatory in order to get the model with the sunroof, which I will not do without and which Honda refuses to install. I also don't like the funny rear door handles that are vertical instead of horizontal. The driver's seat is stiff and uncomfortable, and I dread the thought of having to take a long road trip in this, although it's fine for around town. Also, it has carpet throughout the cargo area that's just waiting to get muddy (never thought about this until I went to load the bike the first time), and Honda does not make a cargo liner for this car. (The best you can get is a tray which only protects half the cargo area and not the sides). As other reviewers noted, it doesn't have a lot of HP, but I knew that--what bothers me is the jerky gearshifts at lower speeds, which run up the RPM and then drop off suddenly. The ride is good, noise isn't a problem, and while the steering isn't at all tight and sporty, it's fine enough for this price point. Overall, it was as close as I could get to my old car in a subcompact SUV class, and it is okay but not great. But I miss my Matrix's utility and interior design, and I wish I had a new one of those instead. For the next car, I'll go looking for a hatch with fewer bells and whistles and more utility inside.