In January 1997 I literally drove my CRV off the showroom floor. I believe it was the first CRV sold in Tampa, Florida. Seven years and 117,000 miles later, it is the best car I have ever owned, although it is not without problems. The A/C is very noisy and too weak for the Florida summer (dark tinted windows would probably help). Needed head gasket replaced at 97,000 miles. After 85,000 miles I had to switch to mid-grade unleaded to stop engine from knocking. My mileage is about 22city/25 highway, not as high as Honda claimed but better than any other SUV. Extremely reliable, I have driven several trips of 1200+ miles. Worst problem is abysmal service from theHonda dealership.
High ground clearance, plenty of head and leg room in both front and backseats, lots of luggage space, especiallywith the rear seats folded down. Good traction with the AWD when driving on flooded or washed out roads in thunderstorms, but the high profile makes it a little unsteady in high winds.
Stronger A/C, more engine power, better service from the dealership.