AD #1610 – FCA Back in Black, Luxury Pumps Up VW’s Profits, 2016 Honda HR-V Impressions

April 30th, 2015 at 11:46am

Runtime: 8:33

- FCA’s Q1 Earnings Are Pretty Good
- Luxury Pumps Up VW’s Profits
- Plug-In XC90 Very Efficient
- First Impressions: 2016 Honda HR-V
- You Said It!

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33 Comments to “AD #1610 – FCA Back in Black, Luxury Pumps Up VW’s Profits, 2016 Honda HR-V Impressions”

  1. HtG Says:

    Wow, all that build up, I thought Sean was going to do the You Said It! segment. Still mellowing, I guess.
    HRV-what an interior. Honda spent.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The HR-V will sell like hotcakes. It will undercut its only competition, Trax and Encore, in price, and the buyers of small CUV’s seem to generally like import brands. Also, the Honda will probably be lighter than Trax/Encore, so it should perform better and get better mpg with its similar power.

  3. Jon M Says:

    Regarding the HR-V: credit Honda for 1) only using one infotainment screen and 2) putting the Crosstour out to pasture in favor of the HR-V

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Plug-in hybrids, as with that Volvo, can be great technology for bragging rights. Getting part of its power from a pre-charged better gets great mpg numbers from a short test of fuel use, but this car won’t do much of anything on electric power alone. It will weigh 4500-5000 pounds, and has only 87 electric horsepower. It will accelerate only VERY leisurely without the gas engine starting up.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    @ Kit- not sure why you think those things about the HRV, the Trax is pretty much the same price, has about the same power, is roughly the same weight and the Trax listed mileage is better. The Mazda ? but I would guess it will be a similar situation since everyone knows what the competition is doing they generally build their vehicle accordingly.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    @Buzzard- I looked up the base prices, and the base price of the HR-V is $1100 lower than the base Trax. Yeah, with automatic in both, it will be about the same. I’m just guessing that the HR-V will be lighter, but I could be wrong.

    EPA gas mileage is 2 mpg better for the Honda, comparing both FWD and 4WD automatic for both.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    HR-V and Trax/Encore have identical 138 hp power ratings, though with different technology. I wonder if Honda did that deliberately.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    Kit- the Honda is rated as 150lbs lighter but that’s from their site and not measured so you don’t really know but either way it’s not much. Pretty much all the small CUV’s are about the same weight, length, width and have about the same lack of power except the the Juke. I know cause we are thinking of buying something from this class, so far only the Mazda looks interesting to me but the wife is liking the Trax. It will be her car so she can pick which ever.

  9. HtG Says:

    Do HRV and Trax get cross shopped with Jeep Renegade? Because these are some nice choices

    (Not saying I want someone to total my car, but dang)

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 For weight, probably the best source of info will eventually be CR, after they buy and test all of them. They buy the cars, and actually weigh them. They will probably buy all of these small crossovers equipped similarly, with 4WD and automatic.

    9 Yeah, I suspect HR-V and Trax will be cross shopped a lot with Renegade. They are similar size, though the Jeep is more powerful, but thirstier.

  11. pedro fernandez Says:

    Just saw 2 reviews on the HR-V and both say that its interior has much better quality and space utilization than the Daewoo Trax. Besides I trust them there Honda drive-trains than whatever Mickey Mouse 4 cyl GM throws in there.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The CVT haters might like the Trax’s automatic powertrain better, but, I’d rather have the Honda’s non-turbo engine, unless it has a timing belt, as many Honda engines do.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From what I can find, the HR-V engine probably has a timing chain, if it is basically the same 1.8 used in current Civics.

  14. pedro fernandez Says:

    A co-worker recently sold his ’01 Camry with over 220k miles and never replaced the timing belt, something they recommend you do every 60k miles. But I believe that engine does not seize in case of the belt failure.

  15. HtG Says:

    14 HS, that’s some chutzpah. 220k?


  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 That’s impressive. Car companies say to change them often enough that they will almost never break if you follow the recommendations, but I’m surprised they last that long.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    Yep, that is the original factory belt, replace it with one of these cheap knock-offs and they won’t even make it to 100k miles. Yeah, this fellow changed his own oil, brake pads, tune-ups, never replaced tranny fluid, original everything, they sure don’t make them like that anymore.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 My friend’s Sunfire has done almost that well, 220K with no engine work, no transmission work, and the original spark plugs. I think the transmission oil was changed, though, at under 100K. The only significant thing was a motor mount.

  19. w l simpson Says:

    Proper care (& handling) pays. One of Dad’s customers (traveling salesman)got a trouble free 100 K out of a 41 Ford club coupe ,& even then all it needed was a valve job, but it was very pampered set of wheels.
    In those days a Plymouth flathead 6 had to be o’hauled @ 30k under average conditions.
    Metallurgy must have been on a par w/GM’s 2.4
    Made en Chine.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I drove a ’50 Plymouth when in high school, and while it wasn’t overhauled at 30K, it was really tired at 70K. Mosquitoes wouldn’t have liked its smoke. I suspect part of the problem was the short gearing they used, so lazy drivers wouldn’t have to downshift much. As I remember, it had about a 3.6 rear axle, and the engine had a 5 inch plus stroke. Not a good combination for driving 70 mph on the highway.

    As far as the GM 2.4, they seem to do just fine. I know two people with them, with over 100K miles, and no hint of a problem.

  21. pedro fernandez Says:

    Perhaps it has a lot to do with the type of driving you do, long distance driving on a regular basis is a lot better on any car than bumper to bumper city use. I’d take a high mileage cruiser than a city only used car

  22. pedro fernandez Says:

    Also, HOW you drive your car, for ex. I never floor the gas, not necessary, if I wanted a faster car, I would have bought a more powerful one. I start slowing down when I see I have to stop ahead and I also don’t take turns too fast, slow down at speed bumps, etc.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    21 Yep, a lot of highway driving, but at moderate speed, is what cars like. My friend’s Sunfire has quite a bit of highway at 70-75, but little big city driving. It wouldn’t like lots of 90-100 mph, nor would lots of heavy city traffic creeping along at 5 mph be too good for a car.

  24. pedro fernandez Says:

    That is why I’m shocked mine has lasted this long since most of my driving is like a tortoise, in the extreme Fl heat day in and day out. And with minimal maintenance.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22. Pedro, it sounds like I drive a lot like you do, except I take turns fairly fast. It helps save the brakes, though it might not be so good for the tires.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    24 I guess as long as your electric cooling fan is working, the engine is ok creeping along, and the transmission gets cooled by engine coolant. Still, I suspect steady 50-60 mph is what cars really like, for longevity. Maybe a steady 70 would be better for a Corvette, or other big engine cars.

  27. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    I don’t know about other places, but here in Kokomo,Indiana we play dodge the pothole every time we get on the road, its got to be hard on tires and suspension

  28. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 Also, it would be better if those low profile tires weren’t so fashionable.

  29. C-Tech Says:

    @14 One of the major causes of timing belt failure is failure of the belt tensioner, water pump, or idler pulley. That is why mechanics change these components with the belt. Your friend is lucky none of these failed.

  30. C-Tech Says:

    It is not totally foreign to have a car/truck make it to 200,000 miles these days. I saw a trade-in, Pontiac Bonneville 2004, with over 230,000 miles. It was owned by a salesman (insert traveling salesman joke here) who traded it for a 300. The only failure it had was the starter (no surprise) It was well maintained.

  31. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I don’t put many miles on my vehicles anymore.I have my oil changed once a year with mobile one,with the one exception I had a freebe at the dealership where I bought it.On my trucks I used royal purple.Always spend the extra for the best filter.And run hightest every other tank fillup,and do a 200 mile round trip on I5 once a month@65mph.It‘s all good.

  32. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “once a month @ 65 mph.” Ben send me another edit button ;}>

  33. Michael Jones Says:

    Until you said the car was a packard, I thought it was a Buick Special. You even said it had a buick transmission. Waiting for the answer to this one.