My CRV is the first non-domestic vehicle that I've purchased. I've been disappointed in the quality of the big three automakers for over 35 years and my Honda CRV doesn't seem to be much better. I don't know if the fact that my CRV was built in England has anything to do with the defects that I've encountered but it shouldn't matter anyway. This CRV was missing numerous body fasteners from the factory and the rear window glass is defective. The engine is losing coolant internally and the dealer doesn't know where it's going. There is one door that seems to have a problem with the latch.
Very nice handling and performance.
Honda should have better quality controls in place to prevent defective products.
I guess it all depends on what you want in a car. I've always liked the Honda cars I've had in the past, but I'm thinking of trading in my '05 CRV soon. I absolutely HATE the drivers seat, the most uncomfortable of any car I've ever had by far, I'm not sure why but it gave me a headache/ neckache until I got used to it after a couple months. The interior does not seem "designed" so much as improvised to keep costs down. Do NOT get the MANUAL trans model, very poorly designed inside. The inside has many bizarre trays and odd holes that are mostly to completely useless except for the CD case compartment. The stereo is HORRIBLE for a $20k+ car & hard to upgrade! No fun to drive for me... IMO
The on-demand 4WD was helpful in the snow. I wanted a versatile car that I could fit large items in the back easily, and the CRV did this well. I wanted a SUV with decent gas mileage and I guess 23 mpg is at least better than the behemoths. The car has the usual Honda dependability, good safety.
Get rid of the ugly taillights! The design inside seems poorly improvised from a Civic DX, little of it makes much sense. The drivers seat at least needs some sort of adjustability, very uncomfortable. VERY CHEAP feel inside for a $20k+ car. Stereo audioquality is terrible, CD player undependable.
New SE CRV doesn't live up to hype. MPG rated 23/29. Haven't seen 23 even on flat west Texas highways. You can expect real MPG in teens. Ride and drive harsh. Hope the safety features are not over rated as well. Still worth the money for a SUV. Lot of vehicle for $20k. Bottom line - if MPG is a big issue, buy a car.
Great turning radius. Good urban vehicle. Back gates are easy to use. Rear seats have good leg space. SUV sitting positions. Excellent safety equipment - if they work as advertised!
MPG isn't close to rating (19 mpg) but it should reflect that on sticker. Needs little things - compass, outside temp, int lights that auto on, real rear vent, nice wheels, lumbar, electric rear mirror, running lights, etc.
2005 Honda CR-V Special Edition AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
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??