Cons: Within the 1st 6 months, I had to return it to the dealer to fix the ball bearings? in the back of the car. It came loose, I was told. Paint job is crappy and I got it detailed 2 months after buying it - to try to protect it's color. I basically hwy drive. To keep the gas needle from jumping, I use cruise control ALL the time. Even as low as 30 mph. Driving at 25 mph on certain roads will use more gas. Within 2 yrs, it lost its pick up when accelerating. It hesitates when changing gears.
6 cd changer, moon roof, table and mat in the trunk. Compartments are great. Not too bad on gas, but could be better.
Move the gas tank level off of the ground. Was this car designed for a 4 ft 100 lb person? I have to open the door to pull the lever. Need more leg room throughout the car. Thanks for changing the trunk to vertical in the 2007 version. Add air vents in the back for passengers
After reading some other reviews, I expected to like the 2006 CR-V less than the 1999 CR-V we have owned for years. Since a manual transmission is a MUST for my wife and I, the SUV market has become increasingly limited. 2006 was the last year for 5 Speed Manual transmission on the Honda CR-V, so when we finally found a used one with the manual transmission, we bought it. I am pleasantly surprised that we both like our 2006 even more than the 1999! The 2006 feels bigger, feels even more solid and substantial, and is more powerful than our 1999. At the same time, our gas mileage is 26-28 mpg in normal mixed driving, just the same as with our 1999.
Gas economy Size Reliability Style (exterior) Visibility for driving AWD
1. Honda has had a dozen years to fix the rear differential fluid lubrication problem, and has not done it! 2. In highest gear, the engine revolutions are 10-20% too high. 3. Bring back a manual transmission, or next purchase will have to be from Subaru, who still make manual transmissions.
We have put 130,000 miles on this CR-V with no problems whatsoever. Handles great and nice to drive. A v6 is unnecessary, this vehicle has all the power we need. MPG changes considerably if driving into the wind. We've made as little as 20 and as much as 50 (with a gale tale wind), but it averages 27-28 most of the time on the highway.
Sitting up high, it was the only vehicle that allowed me to get my wife away from a van. She loves the CRV
Please Honda, dump the Duellers as the standard tire on the new vehicles. The road "noise" reported is due to these tires. After switching to Michelin, the Bridgestone Weatherforce, the road noise was gone. Why not replace the Duellers with a similarly priced tire that is not so noisy.
Overall, this has been a nice little SUV. The paint quality is sub par; it seems like new scratches appear every day. Also, for an I-4 engine powering a Civic platform, I expected better gas mileage than what I get, which is usually about 20 around town and never better than 23-25 on the highway. Other than that, it drives well, it's comfortable, it carries everything we need it to carry, and it is reliable. This is one we plan to keep until it is "driven into the ground."
Performance in inclement weather, driving position, outward visibility, flexible interior.
2006 Honda CR-V Special Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
We would have enjoyed the car more if Honda owners didn't hype the brand. The paint was a mess from new. All four seat belts hang onto the ground after a year. Rear differential makes car shudder in turns. Transmission clunks from first to second and back again. Uncomfortable seats and fabric. Shudders on acceleration. Very expensive brakes. Takes forever to get in to dealer, they must be fixing somebody's Honda. Having said all that, the car was pretty good. I'd consider another but you shouldn't buy the hype. It's a car, they break. I'd love to sit down with every person who said, "Buy a Toyota/Honda, you'll never have a another problem. Ridiculous thing to say.