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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 26, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE E4 E 4 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015 AUTOS winnipegfreepress. com OF A HAIL SALE HOTLINE 1- 888- 699- 9146 BUY BEFORE WE REPAIR! MAIN STREET SALTER STREET LEILA AVE PARTRIDGE AVE 1900 MAIN STREET WINNIPEG, MB HAIL SALE HOTLINE WWW. E ASTERN H AIL S ALE. COM 1.888.699.9146 DLR # 4615 16 CHRYSLERS REMAINING WITH UP TO 22% OFF 121 DODGES REMAINING WITH UP TO 38% OFF 90 JEEPS REMAINING WITH UP TO 24% OFF 90 RAMS REMAINING WITH UP TO 33% OFF ON SELECT MODELS Dealer # 4615. Vehicles were available at time of print. Any repairs needed are to be covered at the purchasers expense. Example of 22% off Chrysler model STK# 15009 MSRP 24,520 Hail Sale Price $ 19,100. Example of 38% off Dodge model STK# 15077 MSRP $ 39,740 Hail Sale Price $ 25,629. Example of 24% off Jeep model STK# 15705 MSRP $ 31,950 Hail Sale Price $ 24,452. Example of 33% off Ram model STK# 15892 MSRP $ 42,770 Hail Sale Price $ 28,751. See dealer for details. With the seats upright, it delivers 657 litres of cargo space and 1,583 when folded flat. In this position, the floor is flat and the area nicely squared off, so just about all of the space is functional. The ace up the HR- V’s sleeve is the ability to lift the rear- seat bases up and lock them upright against the rear- seat back. This opens up a central tall cargo area. It’s a handy design that adds a great deal to the overall versatility. The HR- V is powered by a 1.8- litre i- VTEC four- cylinder engine that’s good for 141 horsepower. It’s a smooth operator that loves to rev, which is just as well because the full 127 pound- feet of torque does not arrive until 4,300 r. p. m. It powered the HR- V from rest to 100 kilometres an hour in 10.8 seconds and ran the 80 to 120 km/ h passing move in 7.7 seconds. Neither seems very quick on paper, but in practice the HR- V feels faster than the stopwatch says. It has ample pulling power off the line and on through the mid- range. The engine was married to a continuously variable transmission. Normally, I would launch into a rant about the vagaries of the CVT and the annoying motorboating that deafens the riders whenever the driver takes a deep stab at the gas and holds it there. In this case, however, Honda’s CVT proved to be, well, surprisingly good at all it did. It slipped through its near- infinite number of ratios smoothly and it had manual and sport modes. The seven pre- determined manual ratios work seamlessly. They also brought engine braking into play at a tug of the steering wheel- mounted paddle shifter. In the end, I would take Honda’s CVT over the truculent nine- speed ZF automatic many manufacturers are adopting — Honda included. The bonus is the powertrain returned pretty good fuel economy during the test — an average of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres in mostly suburban driving. That came as a pleasant surprise. The HR- V’s other likable trait is the manner in which it drives its way through a corner. Unlike many crossovers, which tend to favour the ride side too much, the HR- V’s suspension and steering makes it feel more like a Fit than a CR- V relative. As such, the amount of body roll is limited and the steering delivers decent feedback. This made a mundane drive a lot more fun than is the case with some of its peers — think Nissan Juke. The HR- V is a city- friendly crossover with more than its fair share of comfort, convenience and versatility. It has, if you will, family values. The HR- V does everything almost as well as its larger CR- V sibling, but delivers better fuel economy at a more affordable price. — Postmedia Network Inc. 2015 Honda HR- V Continued from E 1 PHOTOS BY GRAEME FLETCHER / POSTMEDIA NETWORK INC. The cabin is polished, especially in the EX- L Navi model, with rich materials and Honda’s typical attention to detail. With the rear seats down the floor is flat and the cargo area is squared off. E_ 04_ Jun- 26- 15_ PP_ 01. indd E4 6/ 24/ 15 4: 42: 51 PM

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