Gets off the line with some verve, partly due to abrupt throttle delivery, but once you get going there just really isn't any power at play here. That said, the CVT gets things up to 6,600 rpm surprisingly quickly, then holds the revs there for the remainder of the quarter-mile. The engine is loud. Really loud. Not particularly smooth, either. You can feel vibrations through the steering wheel. It has paddle shifters for a Manual mode, with fake "shifts," but that mode proved significantly slower than just pinning the revs.
Pretty firm pedal. We experienced some side-to-side movement on every stop, thanks to some tire squirm. Also a decent amount of ABS commotion. The brake pedal stayed firm until the fifth stop, at which point the HR-V also pulled to the left pretty dramatically. Still, the brakes held up better than most Hondas we've tested in terms of resistance to major brake fade and brake odor. The first stop was the shortest at 124 feet, the fifth stop was the longest at 130 feet and the sixth and final stop was 127 feet.
Slalom: The HR-V is interesting. It has nicely quick steering with good turn-in, along with excellent feedback. All good stuff. And it initially feels small and light, but once you start weaving around the slalom cones there's big-time body roll/lean along with little grip from the tires. And it starts to feel heavy. The stability control system isn't overly intrusive and because of that, along with the intuitive steering, you can really throw this thing around. A good-handling little vehicle. Skid pad: Good steering with nice feedback. It's rare these days to feel this much input through the steering wheel. A lot of body roll, for sure, but the HR-V is quite receptive to drop-throttle antics. Backing out of the throttle quickly brings the tail out a bit, and it's fun to make the car go back and forth between understeer and oversteer. The only issue here is that the HR-V has so little power that changes in throttle can make it fall out of its power band quickly, and that makes it difficult to keep momentum up.