Extremely pleased with everything after 9 months search and comparison, RAV4, Mazda CX5 & CRV
written on 10-14-2013
56 year old grandparents and mostly just the 2 of us and then our 2yr old grandson. I was looking for the best mpg med-small SUV with the most room, safety, quiet, and dependability. I was real close to getting the Mazda but I kept reading reviews of interior noise and back seat discomfort and I read too many complaints on the RAV4. I am more than pleased with the 2014 CRV. Comfort front and rear, good interior noise control & room, great ride, features,great gas mileage. In the first 1500 miles, the worst was(real) 24mpg with mostly town miles & best (real)33mpg highway with AC and packed full. I have no complaints! A feature that I did not know it had was the ability to downshift into 3rd.
I just bought the car a little over a week ago.
Before purchasing I had narrowed down my search to Toyota, Mazda and Honda. I chose the Honda because I really liked the roomy interior and it was fun to drive. The gas mileage was also a deciding factor, although all three car makers were very close in that category. I also chose the Honda for its reliability and resale value.
I bought the Honda CRV 2014 model. It gives a good gas mileage. After driving for 6 months here are my griefs about it.
1) The driver seat loses its height on its own. I have to pump it up every week. I consulted the dealership and they said that the mechanism is not broken - as the seat does go up & down on the push of the lever. And there is nothing they can do.
2) I get a low frequency humming sound some where from the rear of the vehile. It happened every time during the winter when I cold start the engine & am driving in the parking lot. After 5
minutes of driving it never happens again. Not noticing it in anymore as the weather has become warm now.
Had a lease-up on a Rav4, which had the rare 3rd row that I found useful.
I was reluctant to give that up but
excited to try the Honda with many friends loving their Odysseys, CRVs, etc. I absolutely LOVED the car (had it 3 wks), but I was shocked(and terrified) last night when I was heading home on somewhat rural drive in a pretty bad storm. The headlights are inadequate at best in that sitch. Rain was heavy and roads were dark but it was far from the worst storm I have driven in.
Low beam illum. was poor and the brights did nothing but point straight
at the rain and reflect back.
Never a problem in the Toyota.Researched when I got home and see it's widely reported.Much loved otherwise
I traded my 2008 CRV in for a 2014 CRV.
I had looked at the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Subaru Forester, but felt that the CRV was the best overall SUV for me.
Another big factor in my decision was the excellent service that I have experienced at the local Honda dealer.
I was disappointed in the choice of exterior colors (mostly dark shades) and very limited choice of interior colors.
On our first long trip we averaged 28-29 mpg.
I'm hoping that will improve to 30-31 mpg which I got on my 2008 CRV. One minor annoying issue was the same weak, whimpy horns that I had on my 2008.
For $100, I had Honda upgrade my horns to the louder, stronger Honda Accord horns.