2005 Honda CR-V Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A) Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I bought this car over 6 years ago and has 100K+ miles on it. Buying it was the best decision I ever made. It's been rock solid with very few issues. No major breakdowns of any sort. I've made several trips up and down the east coast with it and hope to make several more. It's comfortable, quiet, has ample space for everything I need. The gas mileage isn't the greatest but nowhere near bad. I love this car and shutter to think of the day it will give up the ghost. I don't think that will happen any time soon.
Comfort, space, easy to drive
2005 Honda CR-V Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A) Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I have owned my 2005 CR-V for about 4 1/2 years now and love it! It has about 120,000 miles on it now; had 29,000 when I purchased it. No problems at all - all I've done is change the oil on schedule (every 5000 miles), replace the tires and brakes once each, and regular maintenance items. We've taken it on many 400+ mile trips and it provides a very comfortable and safe ride every time. Cargo room is great and comes in handy often! The interior plastic trim does gouge easily if you're not careful when loading large items, and the "H" on the steering wheel will discolor if wiped with a Clorox-type wipe (oops). Otherwise, it's a fantastic vehicle that we'll have for years to come!
Moonroof, 6-disc CD player, cruise control, comfortable seating, center console table (very handy!), smooth ride, reliable and depreciates very well
Better quality material for interior trim
2005 Honda CR-V Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A) Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I've had my CR-V since new in 2005. Just went over 87,000 miles. Bought one set of tires and change the oil every 8000 miles. Still runs great. I don't know the problems that others are having, but you can always get one bad vehicle out of thousands made. Don't judge this car by a few bad ones.
AWD, steering wheel controls, table in the back (used it many times), center console (I bought rubber inserts on ebay that fit the cup holder, and tray perfectly).
lighted vanity mirrors, MP3 player plug in, road noise, variable speed intermittent wiper (only one speed on this model), power seat adjustment.
Have owned my 2005 CR-V-SE since new and the only thing I ever have done to it is meticulous maintenance and a tensioner went bad while it was under warranty. Best car I've ever owned. Have owned Camry's; Maxima's and previously American cars and would only buy Honda in the future. Best dealer I found for service is Coggin Honda in Orlando, FL.
Ease of driving; turning; great sound from the radio (XM).
The newer Honda' have already enclosed the opening above the glove box and had the a/c "piped" to the rear as well.
I photograph vehicles for a living and I drive all sorts of different types of vehicles. I have to say, this was the most fun I have ever had driving an SUV off road for my pictures. I took a Chevy Avalanche in the same area I took this Honda CR-V. I had a hard time getting the Chevy Avalanche to climb this solid 45° slope for pictures, however this little CR-V took the slope like it was NOTHING! I'm a fan of large trucks and SUV's but guess what. Those larger trucks and SUV's are not going to make it through tight trails behind woods like this little fox can. It's more comfortable than it looks and has a lot more room than portrayed.
I love the little picnic table that comes standard with this vehicle. It could be so useful in many ways regardless if you go camping or not. You can go to the park with your kids and make it a nice little lunch table.
As mentioned before. I am not a big fan of the way this vehicle looks. The design could use a lot of improvements. It also could use a ride- height adjustment feature. The one thing I did notice was all the grass and twigs touching the underbody. No damage taken, but definitely gave me a cringe.
I've had my CRV for over 4 years now, over 100k miles, no problems except for changing the oil, the tires, the brakes and the rear differential fluid, and I drive aggressively. The CRV is fun to drive, looks attractive even though not new, and I don't feel as if I'm being "overconsumptive" even though I'm driving a SUV.
big back seat that sits high, ability to sleep in car if needed, that table in the rear end (that I've never used, but I like showing it off!), fun to drive, looks great 4 yrs old even tho dirty and dinged- I still get compliments- looks better than the current version (IMHO)
Road noise can definitely be improved, lighted visor mirrors, electric seat adjustment (on EX or SE models), ability to plug in ipod or mp3 to stereo, some of the "extras" such as fog lights and mudflaps should be standard.
I own a 2005 Honda CR-V SE and brought it on Nov of 2004 and it's been a great car since the first day I brought it. It's been to seven different states and it's has given me no problems on the road trip. It has 61,500 miles on it now. I also am very happy with the gas mileage, the best gas mileage I ever gotten on the highway was 37 and close to 40 mpg a few times with the AC off going about 60 mph. With the AC on I get about 32 to 34 mpg on the highway. The worst gas mileage I ever gotten was 21 mpg in town but that only happens a few times. It's very easy for me to change my own oil and trans services and i used the best oil like amsoil for improved gas mileages.
Great Great gas mileages for a small sizes SUV. I like the volume button on the steering wheel. I like everything about the car. Its easy to clean and easy to change the oil. I can't wait for the TurboDiesel coming soon for the CR-V for better MPG and better power, I might buy one and keep the old cr-v
Underpowered in the mountains of Colorado but it's not terrible and could use an extra 20 horsepower and more torque for better hill climbing. A TurboDiesel is coming soon for Honda so that means more power because off all the Torque diesel has for hill climbing.
I bought my CR-V SE back in Nov of 2004 and still own the car today with 61,500 miles. So far I have been very please with my CR-V because there have been no problems. I change my oil every 5000 to 7500 miles with Amsoil motor oil. I services the transmission myself every 15,000 miles. It's easy because it has a drain plug just like changing the oil. I highly recommended any type of Honda vehicle to anyone because my has been so reliable, my mother and brother both own a Honda. All three of our cars get great gas mileage better than what the window stickers says. I am thinking of getting a new Honda CR-V Turbo Diesel when its comes in late 2009 as a 2010 year model because of the better MPG.
Great gas mileage and its gets up to 37 mpg sometimes on the highway going at 60 mph. Its also so easy to keep clean and easy to change the oil and transmission fluids. I like the leather seats because its really makes the car looks nice.
I wish my CR-V has a Turbo Diesel like the CR-V in other countries like England because they get better mpg and they last longer than gas engines. The gas engines is a little underpowered on the mountains in Colorado but it's not terrible, but its could used an extra 15 horsepower and more torque.
This has been a great car for me and my husband and two golden retrievers. Love that we got an interior with leather, the dog hair would have been awful on cloth. It's pretty comfy to drive in, although my husband (5'11") complains about the way it feels for him to drive it, his knees bump into the console.
Heated seats, steering wheel radio controls, cargo space, folding seats
Gear shift is in the way of the radio, improve the between-the-seats console. I think they've done these on the newest CR-V model
My wife and I were looking for something to take the dogs to the park in, mainly because I don't want them in my 06 Avalon or my 93 mustang. so we looked at many SUVs but we wanted something small with room and reliability. I got mine with 52,000 miles on it and you would think it was brand new. I have read 100's of reviews and the CR-V has great ones, Seems the 05 has issues with the Transmission, i have not experienced any I bought the 36,000 mile warranty so I am good till 98,000.
6 disc, picnic table, sunroof, hight off the ground, cargo room. Much better then my mom's RAV-4
More power, Locking rear diff. It's AWD but you can't lock the rear diff. would have added the XM or AUX to the radio instead of saying XM ready. Every car should have a AUX jack now a days.
This is our first CR-V but fourth Honda and its proving to be just as reliable as the others (now 3 yrs old with 32000miles). Mileage is worse than our other Hondas but its a SUV. We have used all 72cu ft of cargo space more than we thought we would, can't imagine how we lived without a SUV before. For those complaining about road noise I suggest Goodyear Comfortreds, helps a lot with noise and its a good tire as well.
Engine and 5-spd auto work perfectly together. Cargo space is amazing - back seats that flip, fold or slide!! All the special features of the Special Edition (heated leather seats, painted bumpers, etc). If they didn't offer the SE we would have gotten something else
Better OEM tires, fog lights and roof rack standard. Rear differential needs a fluid change every 10-15K miles although the Owners manual states 90K miles, so far dealer has picked it up under warranty.
My wife and kids got into an accident where my CR-V was declared "totaled." A 2003 MDX swerved in front my CR-V and was T-boned. My family walked away with some bruised shoulders and hips, but nothing more. The safety personnel at the crash site repeatedly stated that the Honda did was it was built to do (e.g., crumple zone, and the engine dropped). Thank you Honda for a superbly built automobile.
A few more ponies.
Yes, I'm a woman, and yes, I LOVE my CAR!!! I only had regular mnt. done and no recalls. Heated seats weren't necessary, but now they are. The only problem is the middle area (console). It is basically worthless. If you place anything in between the front seats, you have no cup holders or tray. Now, they don't offer ash trays for this model. I need to carry something for my friends. Otherwise, everyone I spoke with who own this model, love it. I would not sell it, but am now disabled and cannot ever drive I actually cry thinking of selling my Honda. It bothers me more than the disabilities. So, yeah, I love my Honda!
Everything within reach of a 5 foot woman (many vehicles are not) Little, if NO mnt. Sturdy vehicle: good in snow, ice, rain and cools quickly in heat. Headlights don't seem to hit drivers' in front's rear view mirror as many high profile vehicle do. FOLD DOWN SEATS. SAFETY FEATURES!!
Console area needs huge improvement. Also neds for smokers. Alarm if back window is left open causing battery drain.
I and my family love this CR-V as it fits the 3 of us just right. It's a good looking car and is easy to keep clean. We love the 6 disc cd changer in dash and love the height of the vehicle as we can slide right into it. The only drawback is the road noise while driving. It has great pick-up after 40 mph even though it is a 4-cylinder.
Sun-roof, CD changer in dash.
So far I have have no problems at all with my 2005 CRV SE. It's bigger than it looks from the outside! Gets good MPG for suv also.
Reclining rear seats that also slide back for more leg room, heated leather seats in the winter, and the amount of cargo space in the back.
leg room in the front passenger seat, paint seems to chip and scratch easy (i have a black one).
Honda needs to reduce the road noise for this vehicle. Switch location is in poor placement too, for example the heated seat button is located in a location under the steering wheel where it can not be seen withpout taking your eyes off the road. Windshield angle should be looked at, have had ours replaced twice and were told its very common on these. It is a good reliable vehicle with pretty good mileage. We average 25-27 mpg. It does need a larger gas tank, 15.8 gallons doesn't cut it. On longer trips where the speed limit is 70 or 75 expect to be stopping to fill up every 4 hours.
Its does about anything you need it to do. Roomy to carry pretty much anything.
The heated seats are a winner but change the on off button location and make them adjustable. Too hot when on too long. Rear window too hard to clean needs to have less handles and buttons on it. Seats are hard need a better seat for those longer rides. It needs a larger gas tank too.
After much review I opted for the CRV Special Edition. I had driven a Camry and loved the ride. My CRV still feels awkward. The road noise is horrible, reminds me of my 76 Pinto! I am looking for a replacement. The AWD is what lured me to the CRV.
Leather interior and controls on the steering wheel.
Improve the ride
It is fun to drive, reliable and functional. There is a lot of room if you need it. The seats fold down very easily.
Seat warmers, leather interior, and also love the sun roof
Needs center console storage
This is the best CRV I ever owned I used to own a 2002 CRV and I gave that car to my mother. The 2005 CRV that I own now drives and rides better than the 2002 CRV and also gets a little better gas mileage. The five speed auto transmission makes the CRV runs faster and improve gas mileage. I like everything about this CRV there too many to list.
Wonderful gas mileage sometimes up to 36 mpg on the highway going between 60 to 65 mph. I like the leather seat and the color bumpers. Very nice inside and outside.
No Improvements needed. I heard rumors on the new 2007 CRV that there will be a Diesel engine as a option sometimes in the middle of 2007.
This is the 4th CR-V I've purchased ... they keep getting better and better! Drives more like a car than an SUV. VERY comfortable. Surprisingly agile. I'm averaging 24mpg which isn't bad for a CR-V! I am VERY happy and will probably get another one next year!
First honda purchased, engine misses out, was told by dealership the missing out is OK, something the CRV engine does. Gas mileage is average 22 miles per gallon. Just not pleased with the car.
comfortable seats, nice body style
We purchased this vehicle for my wife's daily driver. The amazing number of standard safety features, along with our specific needs, made the CR-V the perfect choice for us.
Standard safety features. All-wheel drive, VSA, and traction control. Love the walkthrough to the rear seat as well, and all the room behind the rear seat.
Not too found of the rear mounted spare.
I drove a 2000 CRV-SE for 4.5 years and traded for one of the first 2005 models off the line. I am sorry I traded the 2000. Gas mileage never comes close to the promised mileage on the sticker and is much worse than 2000 model. The car is plagued with rattles that the dealer can't fix. The ride is stiff and uncomfortable. XM radio is nice, but the $500 extra cost is misleading in sales brochure that says "XM ready". Heated seats are nice, as are the radio controls mounted on the steering wheel. There is less space on the floor between the front seats than the 2000 model. Can't fit my Longaberger roadtrip basket where it sat in the 2000.
Heated seats and outside mirrors, XM radio, sun roof, steering-wheel mounted radio controls.
Power seats (both driver & passenger), climate control, and homelink. Storage cubby holes are useless and need to be more like 2000 model. Cup holders don't fit any size of beverage cup, causing drinks to pivot and spill.
Very pleasant drive. Exterior's shape is smooth and somewhat sporty. Gas mileage could be better, but not too expensive considering that it is a sport utility vehicle. The all-wheel- drive features have proven to be an asset during inclement weather.
The AWD capacity has proven to be the very best feature along with the simple pleasure of driving one.
A practical means to achieve a more reasonable savings towards gas mileage.
A good car almost a year old. Although the sticker indicated a fuel economy of 22/27 mpg, I have never been able to get better than 17/22 mpg -- very poor for a car this size with a 4 cylinder engine. My 2002 Lexus RX300 gets 19/25 mpg and it is a heavier car with a 6 cylinder engine. Have been generally please with the CR- V otherwise. When the rear seats are down, it has very large cargo space for a car this size -- bigger than my Lexus SUV
Fuel economy. Longer window visor to enable sun to be blocked at side windows. Mover flexibility to adjust passanger seat.
I've owned this vehicle for a little over five months and all i can say is that i've fallen in love with it..I prevously owned the 2000 crv and passed it on with 80,000 miles and never a problem to speak of...This 2005 model seems to being heading in the same direction...Just love everything about it; except the rear middle seat safety strap with comes down from the rear ceiling near the back door. I feel it's unsightly and awkwardly placed.
Overall the whole vehicle is fine and i especially love the added 17 horsepower which give it a very nice and reliable getting onto the highway and passing qualities compared to the 2000 crv.
Get that strap out from the rear ceiling to the middle back seat.
Both the front and rear suspension are defective and make strange popping and knocking noises. This started after only a month after I bought the car brand new. AND after about 8000 miles, I started hearing gas moving around in the back of the car right after I fill the tank. Its been to the dealer almost a dozen times and they cant fix it. They say the gas sloshing noise is normal!!! Honda refuses to give my money back. Customer service stinks after talking to me for 6 months, the rep has tried to blame every complaint on me or my driving and cant even pronounce my name correctly. DON'T BUY FROM HONDA!
After putting up with my Olds Alero for 3 years I wanted to move into a Honda for reliability/refinement reasons. I'm quite disappointed overall. My CR-V drives pretty nicely for a small SUV and meets most expectations, but I've come away very sorry I bought it for a couple of reasons. Most importantly is ride quality, which is just terrible. I'm amazed nobody mentions this, as my CR-V is the worst riding vehicle I'v ever owned. With correct tire pressure this vehicle is brutally stiff over expansion joints and road irregularites. Typical interstate travel feels like driving on braile. Also, I've found the build quality to be un-Honda like. At only 5K miles I have 4 loud/constant rattles.
Surprisingly strong 4-cyl. engine, although it feels weak when asked to accelerate from slower speeds. Great handling in exchange for the ride quality. Meets gas mileage expectations. Strong brakes. Stereo is pretty decent for a factory system. Awesome headlights /w highbeams engaged.
Really, really bad ride quality. No exaggerating here folks. Severe interior rattles as a result of this. Engine "stutters" sometimes during acceleration and shakes at step-off between 900-1200 RPM. Noticable idle shake /w trans. in gear. Bad driveline snatch from transmission upon letting up gas.
I love my CR-V. It's fun to drive, accelerates well, and is GREAT for hauling. Those seats flip so quick, and it allows for MEGA cargo space. I have two problems, one the gas mileage is not so great; and two, the trunk light indicator has been a problem since I bought the car. It constatly comes on, even when I've slammed the trunk to the point where my teeth rattle. I've taken it to the dealer twice now. Not sure if this is just my car, or a problem with the model year. Hopefully this is now resolved. Otherwise, I love my CR-V. It's nice being off the ground. Oh yeah, great sound system too.
Six CD changer, sound system and storage capacity.
It would be nice to put the CD forward and backward arrows on the steering wheel. A hybrid version would be awesome. Lighting on the mirrors under the sun visors would be great
This is my 1st Honda ever and I am trying to figure out why I haven't bought one before this. This is a very fun vehicle to drive nice quite smooth ride. The price on it can't be beat. The only thing I don't care to much for is the comfort of the seats, they are firm, need to be a little more plush just like the vehicle is. The vehicle is a Very Classy Smaller SUV. I highly recommend if you have a family of 4 plenty of space for all. We esepcially love the picnic table and the sunroof. 4 1/2 stars for us (again just because of the firmness) that's all.
Love the child proof windows and doors. Comes with a 6 disc CD already in the dash, offers a small picnic table, has lots of compartments, the knob controls are nice & big, and I love the sunroof.
2 things. 1- The sits need to be a little more plush and 2- Add fog lights. Those are it.
I purchased my CR-V after owning a Forester for three years. Though I loved my Subaru, I wanted something a little bigger and higher. The heated seats/exterior mirrors sold me on the move to the CR-V, and I don't regret it! I just love driving my car. It feels so sporty and secure, and I can't believe how large the interior seems. I'm looking forward to see how it handles in the snow. The excellent reliability ratings and consumer reviews were a big selling point, too.
Heated seats, sunroof, CD-changer, all-wheel drive, leather seating, folding console tray, automatic up/down drivers window, steering wheel controls, large cargo space, great handling.
I wish that the headlights automatically turned off after turning the car off, and that fog lights were included as a standard feature. I would also like all controls, including the steering wheels buttons, to be lit at night. A small tray or coin dispenser would be nice.
I've been researching small SUV's for a few months now and decided to go with the CR-V mainly because I've owned Honda's and always been happy with them. This is a really sharp looking little truck and a lot of fun to drive. I love everything about it with one exception, I wish it had a tad more leg room. I'm 6' tall and I wish the seat moved back another 2" so I could stretch out a bit better on long trips. The gas mileage is good but not as good as they list on their web site. I've been driving like a granny trying to see how good I could do with mileage but I have not gotten very close to the listed mileage yet.
Appearance, I've had a lot of complements on how sharp this vehicle looks inside and out. It's also a lot of fun to drive and the sound system is awesome. I've tried out the heated seats on a couple of cold morning are they are sweet.
More leg room. I'm 6' tall and I wish the seat moved back a couple of more inches. I feel like I can't stretch out enough on long drives.
This is our fourth Honda and overall we are very pleased. The only complaint is road noise (however, we sold a Lexus to buy the CR-V SE). Would love to know if undercoating or different tires would reduce the road noise.
Handling and riding higher.
Dash lights need to be distinct at night. Reduce road noise.
After researching the CR-V, I thought it would be a great vehicle. After only several months, it has been in the shop 4 times for problems with the sunroof rattling and the driver's side back door rattling. The CR-V is a pretty loud SUV for interior noise. I wish I would have taken the time to drive it more when I was test driving. I also find that my left foot is cramped while driving. Space is very limited for comfortable foot placement. The driver's seat lacks lumbar support and the headlights do not have an auto function.
Radio, gas mileage, storage, A/C controls, easy to handle
Auto headlights, lumbar support for front seats, standard auto dimming mirror, add more sound dampening material to lower interior noise
This is truly an awesome vehicle to own in its price class. Loaded with safety and standard features including leather 6 CD, heated seats and mirrors. The look and ride is smooth and fun to drive.
Leather interior, moonroof, climate controls and overall cockpit design.
Tire pressure monitor, power tail gate window, power seats, and V-6 options.
My dad purchased this vehicle for me in Nov. of 2004 when they first came out. I wasn't really excited about the CR-V because I had never really liked them in the first place. My dad being the Honda fanatic that he is, encouraged my to try it. When I first found out about the 4cyl engine I wasn't too excited, but when I started to drive it, every day I started to like it more. I was very impressed with the handling from the awd and the power of the small engine. The tweeter sound kit is very nice and the 6-CD changer is a great thing to have. The leather seats are very comfortable and easy to clean and most of all it makes the CR-V look even more stylish and expensive. All in all it's a great SUV.
Leather seats, 6-CD changer and steering wheel controls, AWD! Ddoor panels- tire cover- and front bumper match car color, fog lights, very roomy and spacious interior
Larger tires, xenon headlights, and spare tire under the car, Better gas mileage A larger engine with more horsepower
I previously owned the 2000 CR-V SE, and this current 2005 model I find to be a very great improvement over the 2000 year model. The interior is much quieter. I find the horsepower jump of 17 more horses to have made a significant improvement in acceleration from dead stop and demand for acceleration on the road at speed. I like the outside shape and the color I chose (pewter) actually more of a grey color. I enjoy the airbags all around the vehicle (standard and side curtains) and the vehicle ride has a more solid feel than the 2000. The handling is very tight and responsive. All in all I actually love this vehicle.Only time will tell the true story. Have about 2000 miles.
Moonroof--heated front seats and heated outside mirrors for the winter I feel is fantastic.
Outside side view mirrors should be set further back in their casings to avoid the direct strike of raindrops. Also, the brightness of various instrument lights should be much brighter. Sunglasses and daylight obscure the ready identification of these lights.
My first test drive was one year ago with 2004 EX. It was a nightmare with 4- speed auto. I was not even considered anymore to buy a CR-V after that, but somehow salesman got me back to dealership. He remembered my negative comments about transmission. He enforced me to drive 2005 model, with same engine but new 5-speed automatic transmission. Car acceleration was changed, also functionality was much better. Car shifts smoothly and still keeping firmness. I bought the car and still happy with my SE!
Engine, transmission and excellent fuel consumption!!
I recently purchased a 2005 SE version of the CRV and I love it. It is comfortable, fun to drive, and it gets great gas milege for an SUV. I had a 1999 CRV and I loved it, so when it came time to buy a new car I knew I had to have an upgraded version. I have not been disappointed. The added horsepower is wonderful and I love the leather interior on the SE version. The back seat is roomy even with a child seat and the back cargo area provide lots of storage. I recommend the CRV if you are looking for a practical, sporty, and fun to drive SUV.
Leather interior, 60-40 split rear folding seat, updated gear shift, radio controls on the steering wheel, AWD, and the safety features.
Nothing really but I would love it if it had power seats, and automatic front lights.
I looked at many SUV's that were about the same size and many that were larger than the CRV and this was by far the best. The SE model has many extras including leather interior, six disc CD, heated seats and mirrors, moonroof and plenty of passenger/cargo space as well as an excellent ride. The CRV is not meant to haul trailers but is an excellent family vehicle, that has the reliability of being a Honda, and the safeness of real time four wheel drive and a few other safety features. This SUV is not the most stylish, but overall the best that I have driven with excellent gas mileage!
I bought my graphite pearl CRV three months ago after months of investigation and test drives of all small SUVs in this category. Ninety days after purchase, I believe I made the right choice. As a former owner of a Chevy Silverado pickup, I had an adjustment period in the shorter wheelbase vehicle--ride a bit choppy and tire noise more intrusive, especially on coarse pavement. But I liked the much improved fuel mileage-- about 22 in town (I drive very conservatively.) and 26--27 on the highway at a steady 65 mph. Handling is tight, steering a bit heavy, fit and finish exceptional, seating firm but comfortable, controls smoothe and intuitive. Of course, it'a a Honda, so it will last!
Excellent build quality; fit and finish, crisp handling. Good gas mileage, attractively roomy interior and exterior, smoothe-shifting five speed automatic, easy to handle in traffic, low maintenance requirements. Roomy, versatile interior.
Needs about 10-15 more horsepower. The trans. has to downshift even at the slightest grade increase. Reduce road/tire noise. Also, the small and dim lighting of some dash info could be improved--outside temp., radio nos., etc. Automatic doorlocks and daytime running lights should be standard.
LOVE my CRV third one in five years. So Happy with the leather seats. But, when we they ever change the damn windshild wipers to be like the ones in Accord. Driver needs to be able to adjust the amount of time between wipes. Also why is the gas cover release soooo out of the way. why not on the doo?? LOVE the CRV but still don'r see the MPG I thought I'd see.
Love the whole crv, except fot itmes noted. this is my third in five years traded a 2004 for the 2005 when I saw the SE
Need to install the same wiper speed control as in the ACCORD, alos why is the damn gas cover release so low and out of the way?? Can't it be mounted on the door or next to the seat as in the accord?
I just bought my CR-V Special Edition in June of 2005, it's my 3rd Honda & so far so good, I love it. It's so much fun to drive, I like being up above the other cars on the road. We have alot of rain over here on the Big Island of Hawaii & the CR-V handles very well in rain & on curves. It's a very quiet vehicle, some times I can hardly tell it's running. There is plenty of room in the back seat for tall passengers. Ant there is so much storage space, Now my dog & I go everywhere in it. I'm glad I bought it instead of another car. Well gotta hit the road....
I love the comfort of the seats and the ease of driving. I like being higher up than the cars going by. I feel safer with all the extra air bags, The stereo has great sound too. Love it..
The front arm rest are too short, could be a little longer & a bit wider. glove compartment in from could be a bit larger, it's so flat & small inside.
I've driven a number of cars in the past, but this CR-V SE is one of the top. Good mileage, great ride, very comfortable and easy to get around in. Don't believe the info about "too much engine noise" - its surprisingly quiet and has some features you used to find only on BMW or Mercedes. I will never go back to $50k autos.
Ride, handling, quiet
Punch up the power
As an expectant mother I wanted a mini SUV and wanted the "reliability" of the Japanese cars. I went with the top of the line SE edition. Within 3 months of buying the car, a strange clicking sound began from the steerting wheel area. It became unbearable and so I took it to the dealer. They needed an entire day to take the entire steering wheel apart. I had meetings in the afternoon and since Honda has no loaner program even for situations like this where a new car is performing so poorly, I was unable to leave it. I planned on taking it back, but the noise has become inconsistent and they won't be able to work on it if they can't duplicate it. I am very unhappy with the CRV and Honda.
The noise bothers me so much it outweighs all possible good features.
A loaner program for situations where a new car is truly not performing as a new car should.
I had the 2003 EX and loved it. Now I have the 2005 SE and love it even more! I love the fact that Honda listened to its customers and made improvements. One great improvement is the safety features - VSA, more airbags, and lowering the rear head rests for a better view out the back window when driving. I'm enjoying the extra benefits of the SE, such as the leather interior, heated seats and side mirrors. I'm really impressed with the difference between the 2003 and the 2005 CRV's in general. Great improvements. I'm enjoying my CRV and hope to have it for many years. Thank you Honda for a great little SUV with great fuel economy. You did good.
Fuel economy, engine power, Moonroof, leather interior, 6 changer CD player, sound system, VSA, steering mounted controls, picnic table, no key enterence, center folding table, storage space, spacious interior. Pretty much every feature is my favorite!
I can't think of many improvements. The SE is pretty well packed. I'd like to see extensions on the sun visors to help block the sun better on the side front windows.
This SUV is so much fun to drive that I hunt all over the neighborhood for someone that needs a ride or to go somewhere, just like I did when I first obtained a driver's license
I like it all
More insulation in the rear to cut down on road noise
We researched and browsed for about 8 mos. and kept coming back to the CRV. Even waited until the new Kia Sportage came out. We're retiring and always have had 2 vehicles, pickup/van and a sedan. Wanted to be able to have only one,all-purpose vehicle. The Honda CRV does just that. Good hauling capacity, plus nice ameneties. No vehcile is perfect, but this one comes close. What it lacks, we don't miss. Add to that the resale/trade-in value of Honda vehicles, and you can't go wrong.
Quality, solid build and feel, safety features, 5 spd auto, moon roof, leather AWD, cargo capacity for small SUV, drives and handles great. Also, cd, cassette, XM ready, and so comfortable. Great manueverability.
Some road noise, but "what the heck" with such a nice sound system, we don't care. So who drives without a CD or radio playing??
I waited for 3 years to buy the CRV. I did not like the interior of the 2001. Finally Honda made the interior with as much comfort as my accord. I love the size...not too big...I own the SE ...so it took a little while to get used to the leather interior but the heated seats in the winter were well worth it!!!
Heated Seats...6 cd in dash...roomy interior...ability to carry two bikes in the back (and then some) with the rear seats folded. Over all very comfortable to drive.
This is one fun car to drive. It handles well and we have found that the gas mileage is as promised. We love the appearance and convenience of the back door that works two ways. We are able to carry a lot in the back even without putting the back seats down. The heated seats are a bonus and we got this car fully loaded and really love it.
Sun roof, both CD and tape players.Comfortable to sit in. Heated seats. Beautiful color. We have gotten lots of compliments.
Can't think of a thing to improve this car.
This is a great little SUV, fun to drive, handles well,is comfortable and has a great storage area . I test drove, and researched many, and definitely recommend in the small SUV class!
Back middle seat is slightly constricted because of the split design,and belt holder location.
Expected much more, but still happy with the choice. Ride is much bumpier than expected. Although otherwise loaded, the vehicle lacks some features available on older and cheaper cars - illuminated vanity mirrors, outside vs. integrated glass antenna. The alloy wheels don't look like such. Steering wheel-mounted controls might look clumsy, but are very convenient actually. A/C is listed as "dual automatic" - it's just the regular one.
Steering mounted controls, full spare tire
Integrate the antenna in the glass.Illuminated vanity mirrors.
Mechanically sophisticated and refined. Reasonable compromise of utility and sporty drive feel. Yet to see advertised gas mileage (~5K miles). Overall, am very happy with the vehicle, especially the fact that it accomodates my 6'8" frame but isn't too tall for my 5'2" wife. While obviously taller than its Civic sibling, bears no resemblence to my '98 Trooper which expired when it left me inverted after a modest evasive manuever. Spent many hours researching replacement vehicle and after deciding to sell my sailboat (~3K lb. w/ trailer), realized I didn't need the extra 1000 lb., lower gas mileage, top-heavy truck-like handling and general eco-unfriendliness for a mostly daily driver.
Decent responsiveness of engine/transmission configuration. Spacious interior. Copious storage compartments. Typical Honda build quality. Ingenious folding center tray vs. bulky console. Impressive AC (can you say summer in GA)! Overall visual impact of 16" wheels and SE exterior coloration.
While targeted at different market segments, the CR-V SE should have the superior audio system of the Element EX- shame on you Honda! Incongruous sun visors and vanity mirrors ompared to other interior components. Would it have broken the bank to include variable-speed, intermittent wipers on SE?
Although this SUV is considered small, it is surprisingly large inside with great access and lots of space for stuff.Better pick-up than the older models plus a sunroof really makes it fun to Drive, adding a passenger side armrest pleased my wife as that was a complaint of hers on our other 2 It is easy to get into as I am 5'7". The heated seats are great and you sit high enough in the vehicle to get a great view of the road, Its easy to park and the gas mileage is good, I know 2 people who rode in mine and bought one and I said less to them than I have in this review so....
Leather wrapped steering wheel, sunroof and great access to the back loading area
Electric drivers seat, lighted controls on the steering wheel, less mechanical steering column adjustment more fluid motion like GM
I hated to retire my '98 Intrepid with 133k mi., the best vehicle I had ever owned. The replacement vehicle came to a decision between a 2005 Ford Escape which I had rented in Tampa and the Honda CR-V. After discussions with owners, reading this website and commercial reviews of both vehicles, I opted for the CR-V. My decision was based on economy, safety and reliability -- all superior in the Honda. The Intrepid is more comfortable, but I am satisfied with the Honda. The Intrepid averaged 20-24 mpg, the Escape 19 mpg, and the Honda gets 24-30 mpg! One consumer magazine could not recommend the Escape because of a propensity to rollover. Side airbags and canopy are standard in the CR-V SE.
Fuel economy; long tune-up interval (110k mi.); peppy for a 2.4 liter engine; transmission geared very well to compensate for small engine; optional fog lights; wood grain accents and cargo net; fold down cupholder tray instead of console; transmission and hand brake lever positions; effective A/C.
Larger fuel tank; more accurate outside temperature guage; equalizer for the radio/CD/tape player; more comfortable seats; rear wiper full swipe; automatic door locks. Nothing about the CR-V is actually annoying. Glad Honda improved model with heated mirrors, leather seats and other SE upgrades.
The car is great. It rides very smooth, steering is wonderful and gets good gas mileage.
Controls on steering wheel, heated seats, lots of room, sound system, exterior appearance,no key entrance an saftey features with it.
lights that shut off when the engine is turned off.
I traded in my 2000 S40 Volvo because we needed a larger fuel efficient vehicle. I researched Honda, Ford, Toyota, and Volvo. Honda came up the winner for economy and quality. I laugh when people tell me nice truck because it drives, rides, and feels like a car. We love it I wish that I would have bought a CR-V in 2000 when we purchased the Volvo. The four cylinder engine feels like a V-6, very peppy and fun to drive. I know it is not considered a luxury SUV however I consider it my luxury SUV. The heated seats, steering wheel controls, moon roof, and leather seats make it a wonderful vehicle to commute in. Very well done Honda continue the great work!
Radio controls on steering wheel, leather, moon roof, center folding console, storage area in the back.
On the top end vehicles auto headlights that come on at dusk and turn off when the engine is shut off. A little more sound proofing would be a good idea. Other than that job well done Honda!
I started with a 1999 CRV bought the 2nd in 2002 and now my 3rd in 2005. I travel and depend on this vehicle to get me safetly to and from my travel area. Keep the oil changed, rotate the tires, and check the brakes is all it takes to keep these vehicles in top condition! I am a Honda owner for life!
I upgraded to the Special Edition for the leather package and heated seats! I absolutly love this feature!
They updated the back seats for better view out the back window which was my only suggestion from the 2002. Overall, nothing really needs to be changed.
Bought this car in the midst of a nor'easter in February; it's been a great vehicle! It handles the road well and is a lot of fun to drive. I find myself making excuses to go out driving now, just so I can enjoy the leather seats, the moonroof, and the six-CD changer. My kids love it too, it's a great family car for day trips. I'm a very satisfied Honda owner.
The leather package, the interior design (roomy but not so big you feel like the car is driving YOU), the way the braking system adjusts to the road conditions...you can never be TOO safe.
Move the gearshift off the steering column (automatic transmission); this is the ONLY aspect of my CR-V that looks "granny-ish", and it's very out of place on such a stylish vehicle.
Just a perfect blend of everything - looks, power, efficiency, reliability! Just right! Everything is sensible.
The ride definitely feels more sturdy with larger wheels for the 2005 model. The sweet sound of a Honda starting!
Should include the trunk lid, MP3 player, GPS navigation, and satellite radio for the SE (hey, Huyndai includes satellite radios in all their 2006 models! And what about a hybrid verion!
I have recently traded in my gas guzzling Ford Explorer for the Honda CRV. I am already satisfied with the comfort, gas mileage, and peace of mind with a better safety rating. I love this new vehicle and would encourage anyone to go out and test drive one. You basically get more for your money.
Gas milage and heated seats.
More options for the interior.
I really like the way this vehicle rides and handles. The engine is really smooth. The back seats fold down and in to make for a lot of cargo room. I paid the extra for the Special Edition and the features seem are worth the extra pricing. I also got the sports package and it really make the vehicle look good. The Special Edition is assembled in Japan and imported,all of the other CRV's are assembled in the US. I love the heated front seats in cold weather. I plan to keep this vehicle a long time. I have two Accords and a Civic for our other family members. Hondas have always been a great value for us.
Heated Front seats,cargo area. AC is great. Displays are excellent.
Storage option between front seats was not available when I purchased vehicle, but is now available as an accessory. Alarm system should be standard feature.
I have owned 5 honda vehicles and always find myself back with a Honda when I have tried something else. This is my 2nd CRV, I find it the most enjoyable and fun car to drive in memory.
It has so much usable room.
Automatic climate control, and a power drivers seat would be nice.
I sold my 2004 CR-V so I could get the 2005 Special Edition. The 05 had the few things I was missing on the 04. Sure you can find SUVs with more power, more room, bigger tires, etc. but all come with higher prices and a larger vehicle. This machine is as close to perfect as is possible.
5 speed trans, better air bags, remote on key, body colored bumpers, heated seats, steering wheel audio controls, XM radio ready, drive by wire throttle
The only thing I would change is the rear seat folding or possibly removal for additional haul space.
Easy to park and turning radius outstanding. Pulls great behind RV, displays "0" miles while in tow. Has outstanding resale potential after 4 years. 4 cyl engine very responsive and quick. Power reduces as speed increases. Low power in overdrive. Front seats are adequate but could be a little larger.
Easy to pull behind RV "0" mileage while in tow. Gear shift on dash makes more room in front area. Wish all vehicles had this style of gear shift. Fun to drive, easy to get in and out of.
V6 option. A little larger front seats.
This is my second Cr-V and I just love driving this automobile. It's good in the snow, gas mileage you can't beat, and it is dependable. You can't beat this SUV
I have the leather seats and that is my favorite feature as well as the seat warmer.
The improvements that I had with the 2002 have already been improved in the 2005 so I don't have any complaints.
Replaced our '99 Trooper. We gave up space but got economy and refinement in return. The CRV is really fun and easy to drive. It is quiet and smooth highway speeds. There's no unsettling feeling go through long sweeping turns as in the Trooper.
The 5-speed auto transmission, 6-disc in dash cd player, steering wheel mounted controls and most eespecially the gas mileage.
XM-ready is not what you think. You must still pay about $500 for parts and labor for the receiver and antenna. This should not be thecase. As the top-of-the-line model, the SE should have automatic climate control. Improve the switch-gear for the steering wheel audio controls.
We traded our 2000 S40 Volvo for a CRV SE. We need more room and a vehicle that was less maintenance intensive. I miss my turbo and sport car handling however the CRV is a fun vehicle to drive. Honda has made a midsize SUV for a reasonable price. I enjoy the steering wheel controls and the materials used in the vehicle are as nice as some of the more pricey SUVs. I commute and needed a fuel-efficient car that was comfortable to drive with luxuries found in the higher end cars and Honda has delivered. We love the car thus far!
Steering wheel controls, heated seats, leather, sunroof, ect.
Enviromental controls are a little low.
Turned in my leased Jaguar early to get my new SE CRV and love it!!! I drive a lot more miles now and the comfort and fun in driving the CRV is great. Easy to get in and out, great hauling space, beautiful interior (I had the wood grain added) with the leather seats and all of the compartments--it's wonderful! With a lot of interstate driving it can move along with the best of them--a lot of zip!
XM Radio, leather interior, cargo tray/net and the wood grain trim. Love the folding table with cup holders and all of the compartments--loaded with convenience!
Maybe a little more sound proofing, but overall this little SUV is a great value.
As a first time Honda owner, I have been pleasantly surprised by my experience with the Honda CRV SE. It is a peppy car to drive and handles extremely well.I am pleased with the ability to maneuver in tight NYC traffic as well as the responsiveness in fast moving parkways and turnpikes. I also like the styling.
Peppy response and a great compromise btween a sedan and large SUV.
Some little extras I miss. Lights should automatically go no when wipers are turned on or darkness.No ability to program garage door opener.Time and outside temperature are impossible to read on panel. TOO SMALL.
My first Honda and I love it! I traded a 2005 Ford Escape because of issues I was having with the cloth seats falling apart and the interior felt very crowded. The Honda CR-V has so much more room. I love having the open space between the front seats vs a center console. I actually have a place to put my purse. Also the person sitting in the middle of the back seat has more leg room because the console is not in the way. Originally, I was concerned about the 4 cyclinder engine in the Honda but I found it is zippy and acceleration is no problem. After having looked at many other mid-sized SUV's on the market, I just kept coming back to the Honda CR-V. It has everything I wanted and more!
My two favorite features are the armrest attached to the seat vs a center console (couldn't find that in any other), the open space between the front seats. So many great features that other vehicles don't have. Rear windows go all the way down, wet storage in back, back seats recline, etc.
The back window wiper doesn't clear the whole window, where it stops leaves a line right in my line of sight when looking in the rear view mirror. The door locks are confusing until you get used to them and I wish I could lock lock the vehicle while it is running. Everything else is wonderful!!
My wife and I just picked up our new CR-V SE last week and we love it already!! It is rock steady to drive, the leather clad seats are comfortable and supportive, the 2.4 liter engine has good acceleration and it looks like a much more expensive car on the outside (it kind of reminds me of the new Volvo SUV). But best of all...it's a Honda and that means reliability, a high resale value and economy of ownership!! This is the fourth Honda we've purchased (we traded in a 2002 Accord) and this may be the best one yet!!
Great looking exterior!! Comfortable leather seats!! Great fuel mileage for a small SUV!! Good acceleration and pick up!! Comfortable and steady ride!!
The interior layout is a little funky with the shifter and the parking brake, but otherwise the interior car is well laid out and everything is within easy reach of the driver. A center console (instead of the flip up table ) would have been nice.
I love the vehicle - For it being an SE it is missing some features such as homelink, powerful stereo, lit vanity mirrors, power drivers seat and fog light. The CRV is very fun to drive and is compact but has alot of room...etc backseat and the rear. We love how the back seats recline. I am suprised that Honda hasn't moved the gear selector. This is definately the best vehicle for the room and the money. You can't go wrong with a Honda.
I like the style of the outside and inside. FUN TO DRIVE. The seats are very comfortable. New tailights are cool.
I wish the stereo had more power. Fog lights standard. Power seats. Loud road noise. Time on clock could be a little larger. Engine a little more peppier. Automatic headlights. Homelink.
This is my first Honda and first SUV. I was looking for small SUV with class. Checked Freelander, RAV4, Liberty but CR-V SE had all the options I wanted as standard and best value over all. It is fun to drive and has a lot of space.
Leather interior, moonroof, heated seats,
Would like V6 engine and fog lights as standard
I read up on recommended vehicles and chose the '05 CRV based on the Consumer Report recommendation. Also, in the past, I've driven many Hondas and known many Honda owners that were very happy with their Hondas. Unfortunately, I ended up with an '05 CRV with the dreaded Pull To The Right (pttr) syndrome. After taking it back to Honda 3 times for reapir (that did not remedy the problem) and contacting the Honda Manufacturer directly, the Honda Manufacturer most receently stated that '05 CRVs are known to "drift." Bottom Line: I am stuck with a faulty vehicle that Honda now wants nothing to do with. Other than the pttr, the vehicle was everything I expected.
Roomy for normal sized people.
Do not build cars with 'excessive torque steer,' 'pull to the right,' 'drift,' or, in any other way, prevents a vehicle from going straight when the driver tries to steer straight. It creates an unsafe condition. Also, Honda should back up their products (esp.with "drift") with a return policy.
Although I have only had my CRV for three months, I am very happy with it. I am able now to transport my bike and kayak with no problem. I am particularly happy that Honda has decided to go with Leather Seats in the special edition and the heated front seats have been an added bonus during this cold winter. The only slight negative is with the higher than thought gas mileage and the small gas tank, it seems like I am filling the tank up quite often. This is my third Honda and the reliability seems to be there once again!
All of the well planned storage areas in the interior and the leather seats which heat up very quickly. I like the color pewter grey that I have chosen, it doesn't show the dirt very quickly.
Improved gas mileage and a little smoother ride.
Our third Honda, this one replaces a 1995 Civic that will go to another good home. Great car! Just right in size in features, ask yourself if you really need that Expedition to transport yourself and 2 kids around. I expect that we'll have this one over 10 years like the Civic.
Leather seats. Tight build quality, I'm supremely picky about new cars and I can't find one thing awry on this one. Feels big without swilling gas. Amazing a 4 cylinder car can tow my utility trailer without breaking a sweat. AWD, stability control.
Why is a roof rack and fog lights an "accessory". You'd think that when you buy the top of the line model you'd get at least what they include as standard equipment on a Hyundai, for gosh sakes! I'm a loyal Honda-ite but this really irks me!
I just bought this vehicle 3 days ago,and I just love it.It handles beautifully although I had to get used to it after owning a VW.The comfort factor and the fun features make it wonderful. I love the reliability and safety factors that are usually included in only the most expensive cars. The warranties and competent service make me a repeat customer.
The heated seats!!! I'm moving to Montana where it's very cold and I will be grateful for them in the wintertime. The picnic table, the CD player, the moonroof, the leather interior... I can go on.
At this point I'm quite the happy camper. We'll see in a few years when I've put a few miles on it .... I'll get back to you ...
It's very different going from a Nissan Altima to SUV but I have to say I love it. I like being higher from the ground and your proliferal vision is so much better. I researched the RAV4, Forrester, Escape, etc. but thought the CR-V had much more to offer. The interior room is spacious especially in second row compared to SUVs in the same class. The ride is smooth and it handles great in the snow - no slipping and stopped when I wanted to stop. The SE package is reasonable priced with so many features - great options available - auto start/back-up sensors. My insurance was actually cheaper than the Altima because of all the safety features.
Heated Front Seats, Heated Dual Power Mirrors, Power Moonroof - like having a skylight in your SUV, Privacy Glass, Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls, 6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer/Cassette Audio System, XM Ready, Retractable Center Tray Table (extra spot to put purse/packages)
Driver Power Seats, Stick Shift should be on steering wheel or center console, Temperature Settings too low - should switch with storage, no Exterior Antenna (not the 1970's), Armrests - too small (cheapy) - replace it with Center Armrest/Storage, Daylight Running Lights should be standard
This is a fine ute just the way it's set up . adding a 6cyl will make it too heavy. as will wider tires (more rolling resistence).A very nice trim package makes this car near perfect. The space under the cargo area seems to resonate the road noise.
sunroof, heated seats, just fun to drive
the driver seat track needs one or two more clicks back and the right arm rest could be angled out or wider and locate the source of the road noise
good ride, very smooth although the pilot is a way much better ride but hey, its still a Honda!
Rugged exterior and exquisite leather trimmed interior
A V-6 would be nice...
I thoroughly enjoy this vehicle. I like the power.road handling and feel. the drawbacks are the design of the key fob- which has a button for the back hatch closely resembling the door lock. It also has sparse power controls - the seats are manual not power, and the passenger dash is unusable - poor design. The underseat storage is minimal. This seems to be a fault across the board with Honda products. Tuning the finer points would make a great vehicle into an exceptional one. Overall I am pleased with the performance of this one.
Leather interior, engine performance and sunroof options.
Rear sight line could be better. Spare tire blocks some of the view - the rear window is too small. The rear wiper clears a small area of the window.
I purchased my Pewter Pearl SE on 2/14 from a dealership. It had 24 miles on it when I got it. The next morning there was a puddle on my driveway. Took it for repairs, and they changed out the power steering reservoir and hoses. The next morning, I had a smaller puddle, but this time it was oil. There is a faulty seal. It is 2/17 now and the car is still in the shop. The drives from my house to the service center have been enjoyable. The car is comfortable and seems to drive a lot like a nice car. My wife loves the room and the way it drives. Anyway, the dealer will not replace it, so I guess I will be trading a CRV SE with 100m in and taking a hit. Obviously this one is bad.
Heated Seats Leather CD Player Fuel Economy
Fog Lights standard Center Console Drain in rear well.
My previous vehicle was a Honda Accord LX which I really loved too. When it came time to trade it in I thought I wanted another Accord but the black, CRV SE on the lot caught my eye. I love the sporty look. It rides great. I was amazed by the pick up. I love being up high and not feeling like I am driving a monster truck. There is a surprising amount of leg room in the back seat also. I am very happy with my CRV and look forward to driving it for many years.
Comfortable seats. Love the fact that there is no console between the front bucket seats because my daughter loves moving from the front to the back seat and because the tray between the seats moves out of the way this is much easier.
Would love to have the sun visor mirrors light up. Having fog lights would be a good thing.
I love everything about this vehicle: Leather heated seats, 5 speed Automatic, 160 hp, 6CD/Cassette, superb looks, good mileage, roomy interior, and Honda reliability. I also think it is one of the safest vehicles with a 5 stars crash ratings, Vehicle Stability Assist, ABS, EBD, side/curtain airbags, and 4WD. Low cost of ownership and excellent resale value ... What do you need more? Yes, I got it for 200$ below invoice. Shop around!
Everything. Do not waste your time looking at RAV4, Ford, or Chevys.
Fog lights and XM Satellite radio should be standard
I've owned 4 Toyotas (1 Camry, 2 Highlanders & 1 Matrix) before and this is my first Honda. I am very impressed with the CR-V. I was considering a RAV4 but this is a better choice--more features and lower price. It is spacious for a small SUV. The acceleration is just fine for a 4 cylinder SUV. I love the pewter pearl color.
Front, side & rear curtain airbags, VSA, leather heated seats, heated mirrors. temperature gauge
V6 version, more comfortable 8 way adjustable power seats, Homelink garage door opener, Bose audio
Just purchased but already know I'm going to love it. Remarkably quiet, responsive, good power in 16valve VTEC 2.4l engine. Typical Honda quality and thoughtful layout. Leather seating and heated seats worth the extra money. Unbelievable features in a $25000 SUV
This is my second Honda, (still have my first one--10 years old and still going strong). Wanted a larger vehicle, but nothing too big. Extensively researched the Equinox, RAV-4, Vue, Sorrento, Escape, Tribute, Highlander and Liberty, but options, fuel economy, reliability and price kept me coming back to the CRV. The vehicle comes fully loaded in the base price of the SE model. Most other companies charge extra for, "packages," that can be added to the vehicle. Fuel economy is much better than most other SUV models. Very fun to drive. Lots of pickup for a 4 cylinder and tackles hills without a problem.
Acceleration is comparable to 6 cylinder. I like the XM ready, 6 disc stereo, tape deck, moonroof, storage (front and back), power heated mirrors, heated leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, 2 trip odometers and 3 cup holders. Love that the vehicle warms up quickly and stays warm.
Would prefer a center console versus a fold-down table. HATE where the gear shift is. Wish it were on a center console. Need a better change holder than the hole on the left side. Hard to find and change temp. settings while driving (they're too low), should be higher.
This is our third Honda, first CR-V. Peace of mind=Hondas in the garage. Bought this model only because the SE trim level. We looked at everything on the market at all levels and always came back to the CR-V. We did not want 300 horsepower, hugh monthly payments, bad resale, status symbol etc. The CR-V works great. It has everything we need and more. Most important it has Honda engineering and build quality. Well worth the time to look at this before you buy.
SE trim level. Very spacious interior feel. 5-speed transmission.
There is always room for improvement, just nothing really stands out in this vehicle.
This car has been everything that we expected. It is reasonably quick, expecially in 3rd gear and is almost as quick as my Civic Si. It is great on trips with our two children and has a lot of back seat room.
Versitile interior, peppy engine, good looks
Any car could use more HP
We bought this new SE in looking for a car for my mother--we wanted everything- -particularly in a safe, comfortable, attractive drive which could handle all road conditions, coming truly highly rated on all aspects which make a difference. This SUV has everything one could want, with a car-like ease of driving. We know we won't have to worry about my mother in terms of safety or reliability. This is a well thought out design on all fronts which merges attractiveness, drive, safety, interior features, incredible standard features and overall class for an incredible price for the Special Edition.
AWD, accessible hand brake, stability control, side curtain air bags, roomy interior, large storage capacity, comfort in luxury car-like drive, while still having the advantages of an SUV.
I agree, perhaps in theory with the other reviewers about the tire size, but that may in the end be unimportant. They did an incredible job in every other aspect.
Purchased a mini-SUV came down to a Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. I liked the body style of the RAV4 over the CR- V, but could not locate a RAV4 with leather, all-wheel drive and side curtain airbags. I purchased the SE AWD because of the AWD, leather and the body-color bumpers, side molding and spare tire cover, much more attractive then the black molding and bumpers. Athought the body style reminds me of a Chevrolet Blazer, it has the best safely features. As for the vehicle, it rides nice and its comfortable, although I do wish the CR-V had electric seats and removable rear seats. The SUV could use more under- body sound proofing, as the road noise is a little loud.
AWD, leather and the body-color bumpers, side molding, door handles and hard spare tire cover.
Electric seats, removeable rear seats, more under-body sound proofing, and have the spare tire inside the vehicle.
I love everything about it including the satellite radio. My wife finds it a little hard to sleep but the heated seats are awesome.
Satellite radio, heated seats, platinum color, moon roof, large atmosphere control knobs
Back seats to be removable
I replaced my 94 RX-7 sports car with a CR-V SE because I was having trouble with my knee and getting in and out of it every day was not fun at all, even though driving the RX-7 was. So I went looking at all the different small SUVs (Escape, RAV4, Subie, Equinox...)I had test-driven other SUVs in the past and they all felt too boaty. When I found the CR-V and drove the SE model, I thought "This could be it .. I could tolerate it". Well, I not only tolerating it, but actually enjoying it. It is quick, nimble and uses much less gas than the RX-7. The other day on the freeway at about 80mph, a delivery truck decided it wanted the same lane I was changing to. The evasive manouver was no sweat.
Smoothness, handling, acceleration (for an SUV), interior space, controls and switches, general Honda thoughtfulness.
Fog lights could be standard on the SE, wider tires (but I will wait until I need to replace them)
I am happily surprised with all the standard equipment that comes with the SE. It does not compare to the RAV 4 in this regard. I also find the CRV to have much better pick up than the Toyota. I am glad I made the switch
Heated Leather Seats
Previous vehicle was an '01 V8 Silverado. Traded in for better gas milage, real Time 4x4, and resell value. Bought an '05 white with beige interior. Had dealer install fog lights, roof rack, running boards and wood grain panel. This is a nice overall vehicle that has multiple uses hence the name Compact Recreational Vehicle. Don't let the small size fool you; you can fit a lot of things in there thanks to the sliding rear seat that also tumbles. Used it to transport a Grandfather clock. Hooks in the back also make carring the groceries home easier. The picnic table is nice, probably wont use it much though. The subfloor storage helps keep items out of sight. Worth a test drive!
Steering wheel controls, sunroof, heated seats, XM ready radio. Filling the tank up on only $20 instead of the $40 in the truck.
Too much plastic with no rubber sound insulation. Rattling sound comes from over-door grab handles. Road noise from rear wheels, car could use more sound proofing. Would like to see Honda use the same 3.0 V-6 from the Accord in the SE versions of the CR-V.
My CR-V SE is my second Honda vehicle. I have known that I wanted an CR-V for over two years. But even I was surprised at how absolutely delightful the 2005 is. One should not feel this way about an inanimate object. Oh, there are one or two little things I would change ... slightly wider arm rests; gradient intermittent windshield wipers; standard transmission not available... But the good stuff outweighs these little things, and there is a lot of good stuff! A great driving experience. I expect to have it a long time.
Front and rear light packages; 5-speed automatic transmission; comfortable seats; awesome dash and interior design; high quality accessories and appointments; great handling and turning radius; and power steering that also lets you "feel" the road.
Slightly wider arm rests and better fuel economy. But I bought it anyway.
As best as I can remember, one editor from the Car & Driver once wrote about the '03 (or '04?) Honda Accord: "...the richness in quality and in contents embrace its owners so much that they don't care if the prestigious cars are parking next to them..." This phrase also applies to CR-V SE. Parking next to my brother's '03 Lexus RX300 and I don't care if people want to make a comparison. That is because I own '05 CR-V SE.
Hand brake, 6-CD/Radio/Cassette/XM- ready audio system, folding tray, VSA, and head airbags.
Illuminated overhead visor, higher mounting position of internal rearview mirror, compass, and the wider tire.
This is my second CRV and I love it. The special edition has leather heated seats that are comfy yet durable. This upgraded edition offers a different driving experience due to the luxurious interior. there seems to be ample room for anything and all features are well thought out. The overall appearance, inside and out, aesthetically makes this edition extremely appealing.
Heated leather seats,moonroof, headrests, additional sound system speakers
I've waited this CR-V SE for 2 years and it worths the wait. Great vehicle!!
VSA, leather, handbrakes, temp reader, front heated seats, and best of all, the side curtain airbags for the head protection.
The interior rear view mirror is positioned too low such that it blocks a good portion of the outward view. Wider tire, definitely! It's a SUV after all!
I wanted a small SUV to be able to handle taking my dogs to the vet, get up some local snowy hills, provide some "extras" and have good gas mileage. I got it all with the CRV SE. I love the size, the reliability of this make, and price. It fits in the garage and still can handle a load from the local home improvement store. Four adults fit comfortably but five could squeeze if needed. It also reaches a nice middle ground between car and SUV for handling curves and bumps.
Steering wheel audio controls, heated seats and mirrors, and all the storage bins.
Separate the front and rear wiper controls. I always seem to wash the rear window instead of clearing the front window.
Have had this truck since October 2004 and so far it has been great. I love it.
Seat heater is a suprisingly great feature on those cold days. Have not really used the side mirror heaters to much but they are on the same switch as the rear defog. I plan to use them as much as possible when the snow hits this year. Lots of compartments all over the vehicle.
Only real suggestion is that fog lights should be standard and should come with 17" wheels standard.
This is typical Honda at a great price! The ride and steering are tight- -just what one would expect with a Honda. It drives as good as my Accord. The cabin room is very accommodating considering this is tagged as a "mini- SUV". The 5-speed transmission shifts very smoothly and although this is just a 4-cyl 160hp engine, it has more than enough pep. The ability to adjust the rear seats fore and aft is a nice touch. The main factor in considering this vehicle was addition of the SE trim level(has leather seats)--I wouldn't have considered the CR-V, otherwise, and would have purchased a V- 6 EX Accord.
5-speed transmission, 16" wheels, privacy glass, AWD, Stability Control System, side-curtain airbags in all seat positions. I'm certain quality will be extremely high, especially considering it was assembled in Japan.
Lumbar support in drivers seat, having a courtesy light built into, at least, the passenger sun visor mirror, the owner's manual doesn't reference the "real-time AWD" system once!
This is a great car. My prior vehicle was an 02 Accord V6. The Accord had power but not much else.This is a really fun car. The SE in pewter pearl is beautiful. Interior is very comfortable. Controls are accessibe and easy to use.Radio & 6CD changer is a real plus. Plenty of room in rear seat for tall adults and plenty of storage. Exterior molding in body color makes the car. For a 4 cylinder car has excellent pick-up and is getting good gas mileage. I was looking to purchase an SUV; the Pilot was too big and so far I am completely satisfied w/ the CR-V.
radio w/ 6 CD, radio controls on steering wheel, moon roof, heated seats, leather interior, amount of storage space
CR-V should have a V6 option; put spare wheel under picnic table
Purchased the 2005 CRV SE after looking at most of the competition. Had a high mileage trade-in that delayed the sales process but we finally came to an acceptable agreement Went to the Seattle Auto Show and looked at all of the smaller SUV's like the CRV and nothing comes close to the quality at the price I paid. Did the soundproofing for $250 and really can't tell the difference but I'm satisfied with the noise level. Not sure about the tire noise that I hear - this is my first SUV so I guess I expect some level of road noise.
Love the quality I see in this car. Everything works and nothing seems to be wrong. The paint is perfect. The seats are very comfortable.
Road noise reduction. A chrome wheel option. A better quality carpet in the back storage area.
This is a relatively new car, as I have had it for only 3 weeks. I bought it based on the Honda name and the features. So far, the car has exceeded my expectations. I have always driven larger and heavier cars and was concerned about the comfort and ride. So far, I am very pleased with the ride and the comfort is excellent. The biggest surprise is the excellent acceleration, even in fast traffic. The 5 speed automatic works great! All of my previous cars have been mini- vans, and I also was worried about the smaller cargo area. While I have not needed to haul any 4 by 8 plywood sheets yet, I have plenty of room for most of my needs. The value is great!
The sun roof is my most favorite feature. Everything else is pretty good.
So far, it's pretty much what I wanted.
Though there were no major changes to the 2005 the subtle alterations are great. The SE has a great pewter color, leather interior, 5 speed automatic transmission, smaller rear headrests and redesiged head and tail lights. Argualbly the nicest addition was the side curtain airbags. Thank you Honda, especially our dealership Scott Honda.
My wife would like a V6, but the 4 is just fine for her.
I just traded in my 2000 CR-V LX for the 2005 CRV SE and so far I love it. I love the comfort features on the new CRV SE that were previously not available. I have only had the car for a few days but so far it is great. Much better than my 2000 although my 2000 CRV LX never had any problems in the 4 years I owned it. Great deal for the money...
Leather seats, heated seats, added hp from the 2000 version, moonroof, 6 cd changer, stereo controls on the steering wheel, tumble seats for cargo space, good looking vehicle, quality, reliability.
My first time owning an automatic vehicle and the shift lever sometimes gets in the way when reaching for the stereo controls on the dash, otherwise no complaints yet...
The 2005 Honda CR-V SE is a great suprise to me. I owned a 2002 CR-V EX before I got the SE 2 weeks ago. The Diff is amazing.The trans. is smoother,Eng. noise is lower, and the leather seats are comfy for long rides. I have 800 miles on it and which are all highway so far, the CR-v holds it lanes and is easy to drive on the highway at all speeds-----sometimes you do not know how fast your going in the new HONDA CR-V Special Edition.
Radio controls on steering wheel, 16" wheels replace the 15" wheels, 5 speed Trans replaces the 4 speed trans, Leather seats in the SE are real comfy, 6 dick in dash CD player and a sunroof - ----- you might just forget your in a Honda. Oh yeah and do not forget (8) air bags.
More Horse Power good be added. Xm Radio features could be easier to use.Darker factory window tint would be nice. Otherwise its as good as you can get in an SUV for 25,000
I purchased this vehicle a little over a week ago. I have been very pleased with the overall performance for a small SUV. I shopped around and test drove similar SUV's in the 20K - 30K price range before I decided on the CR- V SE. This vehicle, for the money, has got my vote. All the "bells and whistles" you need in a small (midsize?) SUV. There is plenty of interior room to fit 4 adults very comfortably. If you are in the market for a small SUV, give the CR-V a try.
Roomy interior, painted bumpers (instead of the plastic on the EX and LX), easy to get in and out of the vehicle, overall performance.
Put the spare tire under the rear picnic table.
The only complaint I could have is that it doesn't have quite as much "pickup" as I would like when climbing a mountain road. Still, it doesn't LOSE any speed. It's the most comfortable vehicle I've owned. Beautiful styling overall. I feel that it has the best parts of station wagons, SUVs, and minivans put together.
heated, leather seats; moonroof; exceptional quality radio, tape player, CD player; tight turning radius
Bought the Pewter Pearl 2005 SE with leather seats...it's a beautiful car...the leather interior makes the car. It is so elegant looking....lots of amenities found on a much more expensive SUV..the car is loaded with heated seats,heated side mirrors, 6 CD changer, alloys, roof rack, door edge guards...the car is really sharp..and great pickup too
Moonroof, leather seats, seats in rear tumble all the way forward, opening up lots of cargo room in the back..the exterior color is a classic
none so far
i purchased my 2nd crv from this dealership my first one was 98 and compare to the older crv, this new has improved has termendously. My wife drives it mostly and i had taken small trips in this vehicle as well currently i own a lexus ls 400 and i believe price and performance wise this suv is the perfect fit for us. i looked at several suv`s before making purchase we currntly own 2 other suv`s as well which are ml and explorer but price and performance and most important resale value is the key decision making factor for me and my wife. i hope this will help you with your future purchase of suv, benifit from my research while you are in the market.
vsa, curtin airbags,all wheel drive, abs and most of all honda quality.
05 crv se has everything i can ask for and i has several suv`s in pase. frankly nothing else u can ask for this vehicle is under priced.
I got a new 2005 CRV SE in Pewter Pearl color with black leather seat inside. I have been waiting for the SE edition. The new color looks really nice, especially with the front and rear bumpers painted. I traded in my 2003 silver Pilot. The Pilot is nice but kind of big for me. The car is very fun, easy, and peppy to drive. Power is also good enough for me, better than 2001 CRV. Not a road burner but good enough for everyday use. The Pilot has more power but feel heavier when drive and so the CRV feels more peppy to drive. Noise is also very acceptable for me. It has been improved much better than my previous 2001 CRV but not as good as the 2003 Pilot.
Painted spare tire cover, front and rear bumpers. Leather steering wheel and seats. Back seats fold up easily. Back seat head-rest very nice and compact. Very roomy car. Front side airbags. Side curtain airbags. Smart passenger air bag. Very peppy to drive. Real-time 4WD. Glass hatch open up.
For the SE, it still does not come with alarm as standard. Should be a standard feature. Need a good way to lock the spare tire cover.