When Honda launched its first Ecocar variant last year in the guise of the five-door Brio hatchback, there were mixed feelings about the car in the local automotive media.
Of course, there was no denying the Brio came with one of the most capable engines in its class, for it yielded good driving performance, refinement and fuel economy. Its compact dimensions made for good driving agility around town and it provided a reasonably engaging drive when you needed some fun.
The biggest complaint, however, was the Brio's rear windscreen that had no defogger or wiper. Once you drove on wet road surfaces, water splashed onto the window and obscured rear vision.
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