I freely admit that my first post on door locks was reactionary and very overblown. I was irritated to find out that a vehicle that I thought was locked up and safe, really wasn't. But I'm over it now. Learning to hold up the door handle isn't that steep a learning curve. It just took me completely by surprise. I also admit that I'm guilty of not reading the owner's manual cover-to-cover. I hit the high spots, but now I'm going to go back and read it thoroughly.
If the salescritter had spent even a few seconds going over this feature, it wouldn't have even been an issue for me. Thinking about it, my salescritter was really pretty lame. I got the distinct impression that I knew a lot more about the E just from researching it online and from test driving a couple of others at other dealerships, than he did. It does seem to me that Honda could make a point of alerting new Honda owners to this feature. That's really all it would take.
Interestingly, the salesguy called me this morning to ask me how I liked my new ride, and to again ask me to rate him highly with Honda when they call. (This, I find very annoying, but that's a whole separate thread. This makes the second time this guy has begged for ratings, for what amounts to minimal service. ) When I mentioned the door lock issue, he said that they'd had such a problem with their own sales staff not locking up E's properly, that they'd had a mini-group demonstration on how to properly lock an E. So, it's really odd that he didn't mention it when he was droning on about the cupholders, the ceiling cubby hole and the little change tray. He said that some Honda models come with this feature and some don't. I confirmed this by asking coworkers who have various makes of Hondas if their models had it. Some do, some don't, but all E's do.
Anyway, I'm back to being completely and totally thrilled with my SOP AWD EX, even if the salescritter could've used improvement.