The hrc does a pretty good job on a incline for me, but I should also mention two things; I typically mulch (no bag weight), and I live in texas, so there aren't too many steep inclines around. We do have a few though, and im sidehilling those most of the time. The mower will climb them also. Just easier on me to sidehill. It handles side hills fairly well too. I can side hill a few places where the exmark 30 can't. Don't get me wrong, I love my exmark 30 also....but the Honda is easier to side hill a steeper slope.