I had a '10 Fit, '13 Civic, and now a '15 Renegade (lease, lease, traded in early & bought). I test-drove the HR-V. In theory, it's a great car. In practice:
1. The HR-V is basically a lifted Fit. However, they based it on the redesigned Fit, in which they ruined the design. Used to have like 10 cupholders & lots of other neat stuff, kind of went the Versa Note econobox route. That's the design they used, not the good one from a year or two ago.
2. It was curved inside...I felt somewhat cramped. Didn't like the visibility. It felt like a shrunk CR-V, but not in a good way. Also checked out the CR-V, but they have a known vibration issue this year, so meh. Anyway, the interior storage space in the HR-V felt like a compromise, especially after having had a Kia Soul. The Renegade is basically a Soul with a cooler interior design, AWD, and a way better ride.
3. Performance...BLEH. Didn't like the CVT at ALL. The one in the new Subaru Forester is a million times better. I don't care for the Renegade's 9-speed all that much - it shifts weird - but it's better than the HR-V's CVT. It often felt underpowered in my test drive...would have been a LOT better with a stick. The Renegade was fine for me, even when I needed to do a quick merge on the highway...again the 9-speed is a weird cat, but it's livable.
If they had used the good Fit design & a 5-speed tranmission, the HR-V would be a beast of a car. I was planning on one up until I actually test-drove it...yuck, not for me. I feel like I have more than double the room inside of the Renegade...I'm 6' and I am very comfortable in it.