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By harold on
2006 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Very nice traveling car, excellent seats for long trips, both front and rear. Ride, handling, acceleration are very good. The manual is very quick (8.7 seconds 0-60) and fun to drive. Comfortably towed a 1200 lbs. trailer over 4000 miles in mountain west with adequate power. Some torque steer on hard acceleration. Worst feature: vulnerable fuel tank, evap recovery cannister, and subframe in rear. Had a $1600 repair from driving on a gravel road with some rocky outcroppings. This is really a suburban car, OK in snow and mud, not suitable for roads that are at all rough. Design is optimized for comfort, space. All-wheel drive requires front wheel-spin before it engages.
Computer controlled AWD system that doesn't require wheel spin before power shifts to rear. MUCH better protection of undercarriage. Sacrifice some interior space to protect fuel components. Increase ground clearance in rear of vehicle.