Luckily, the lady in the Kia was all right, though her Sephia might not ride again. I was fine too, obviously. The incident renewed my enthusiasm for the little crossover. Yes, there are more impressively equipped vehicles in the compact-CUV segment, some of which will apply the brakes for you when they sense an impending collision, but the Honda HR-V is great for what it is – a sturdy, efficient, and versatile car with good fuel economy and a low sticker price. Car enthusiasts are vocal about CUV burnout, as one after another hits the market, but honestly, these vehicles aren't for the gearheads. They're for people who think of their vehicles as tools that enhance their daily lives. The HR-V is a fine and dandy tool, one that those pesky, anti-car millennials will find attractive as they start to buy houses and start families while grappling with paying down student loan debt.
There's a reason the HR-V beats the related Honda Fit in sales month after month, and we saw it first hand. The HR-V was the workhorse of the Autoblog office. This unassuming CUV has been through a lot over the past year. I used it when I moved three times in six months. I was surprised to find that a CUV based on the tiny Fit could pack away so much stuff. When I finally escaped the cycle of crummy, law-flouting landlords, the HR-V was the vehicle that hauled the first load of stuff to my very first house.
Of course, the CVT is nothing to write home about but the overall driving dynamics aren't actually bad. And, as I learned that last morning with the HR-V, it has no problem going from 45 mph to a dead stop when you need it to.