Paul- I have the 2017 LX with @17k miles. I agree on the Auto heat/AC- don't like it. I don't like the 'algorythm' it uses to heat you up- nothing for a bit, then blasts it out the defrost, then eventually at the feet. If you don't go into Auto mode when asking for heat after first starting, ie. when engine is still cold, it keeps blinking for you to put in Auto. The only way to overide is to press the blower zone button at far right and toggle to feet or feet/body. At least it stops flashing Auto when the car warms up a bit. And the Sync/zone thing I've always thought ridiculous-different temp zones for two feet away? Like Jerry Seinfeld said, how does it know the air molecules aren't commingling? lol.
As far as the jerk/surging, I rarely get it, but do occasionally. From a stop the surge is solved by pausing for a moment before accelerating, to let the clutch engage properly.
Radio is the default mode. You have to select AndroidAuto or ApplePlay with the USB in for it to start. I think there's a way to select from phone app to make it go auto into AA/AP when plugged in, or not. Dont know how it's done, but it changed on mine when I deleted and reinstalled AA app.
I always had the 1st year model rule too, but at the time I needed a car soon, found the price as low or lower as other models I looked at, Honda HRV, Mazda 3/5, Camry, Escape, even Civic with a few options added. But I liked the Niro interior/layout/ride/MPG better. $k's less than most hybrids too. The kicker was the super long warranty. Also the ADA height seats are a blessing, esp. when going back in low reg sedan or super high SUV seats.
So, not perfect, but no car is. Altogether, glad I got it.
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