I haven't bought a new car in years and I did a ton of research to find the best little SUV that would last and be the most reliable.
All of my research pointed to the Honda CRV over and over again.
I did drive a Rav 4 and it felt cheap and rattly even though it was new and had the highest trim.
I planned to drive the Mazda CX5 but once I drove the CRV I did not feel it was necessary.
I also considered the Ford Escape because it is awesome looking but reliability on Ford does not even come close to Honda.
The interior of the CRV is very handsome and makes me feel like I am driving a european import.
I considered the cloth interior but once I saw the leather I fell in love with it.
My favorite feature is the 28 MPG I average.
I was worried about the 4 CYL being wimpy but it is really quick to respond in all situations.
I love that the eco option will shut off if the pedal is pressed for urgent speed but I haven't encountered that need gratefully.
We recently took a road trip and had to climb a long hill that is notorious for testing engine power and can end up being a long slow climb.
Well the CRV handled it easily and I didn't have to floor the gas pedal.
We even had quite a load of cargo.
Of course the other favorite feature is the safety ratings!!
I do wish there was a power port in the rear seat area for the kids' electronics.
It is a little irritating to have a lot of power cords coming to the console area and sometimes we have to use a splitter.
We test drove this car during the day.
We were dumbfounded at how the exterior lights on this car are not pointed toward the road.
You can night drive at night unless you have your high beams on.
Good luck with that.
The dealer states nothing is wrong.
You have got to be kidding.
Only have 3,200 miles on it and this may be the first car that we dump that is less than 6 months old.
An accident waiting to happen!
Fix the exterior lighting and secondly bring back the customer service to your Michigan dealerships.
Once they have your money they won't assist you and if you call the 1-800 number to have Honda assist you they are rude and have absolutely no power to assist you!
2013 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I have had my EX-L with nav for two weeks and am very happy with my purchase.
It is very comfortable and a pleasure to drive.
Much has been said about sluggish acceleration but I find the acceleration to be great for this type of vehicle and I think Honda got it right balancing responsiveness and fuel economy.
It's great having the Econ option for greater fuel economy too.
I don't find road noise to be a problem at all and think the car is well insulated.
As to the complaints about the sound system, it could be better but I am pleased with it.
Again, I didn't buy this car expecting a luxury sound.
I highly recommend this CR-V.
I really like the comfortable seats, smooth ride, Econ option, build quality, styling, finish, i-MID features, large back-up camera on nav screen, back seat fold down mechanism, and great cargo capacity.
It would be nice to have projector headlamps and side-mirror turn signals like foreign models but it's not a big deal.
A better subwoofer would be welcome.
from a dealer with whom I had over 30 good years of experience with Volvos.
As I thought their service was excellent and they were very close, I purchased the car albeit via a high pressure salesman.
The CR-V get's better millage in average driving than my old 2000 RAV4 did on the highway. It is also quieter, bigger, more comfortable and more powerful.
The OEM radio has very poor AM sound.
Being formerly heavily involved in auto radio design.
I measured the power, and found it to to be 40 Watts, not 160.
Complaints got nothing but lies.
They even refused to put their reply in writing, only verbally via telephone.
The refused to reveal how they arrive at 160 Watts.
Mileage, quietness, room, power
The radio should have been tested by competent radio receiver engineers in the USA.
I performed such duties for the biggest German company involved in such products and never let such poorly designed junk get past me. The AM sound is muffled and has droning sound.
It's volume is about 8 dB louder than the FM or CD.
Its tone control is worthless as it effects all sources.
So, if you adjust it to make the AM listenable, the FM and CD will sound horrible.
They should state true
power output and not use more than inflated numbers.
If you cannot trust that, why would you trust their rated horsepower?
2013 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Rear Entertainment 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
We just completed our 2nd road trip, and averaged 32.5 mpg in 700 miles of average speeds between 70-80 mph.
Very easy and relaxed to drive this small suv.
My wife loves driving this compared to her Honda Pilot.
It handles fine, soaks up bumps very well and has a very generous amount of interior room. I know it's only is a 5 speed auto, but it downshifts smartly and very rarely do I feel it needs more power.
Overall a very solid car!
Besides the Honda quality, the rear entertainment keeps my son happy on long trips.
We have never had XM radio, but on the last two trips, we have fallen in love with it. Also the backup camera is very nice in parking lots when backing out and being blocked my larger suv's.
A little more wind noise on speeds above 70mph, but that's about it.
We looked at all the small suv's in this price range, and while all of them are very solid, this one was hands down our favorite for our needs.