Bought 9 months ago; it's been a good car so far. There's some niggles, though; I won't sell it any time soon but I likely won't get another, either.
1. Well made, with thoughtful comfort features (other than the info/entertainment system).
2. Can be zippy off the line with enough gas pedal, not really a sporty vehicle though. I like the CVT.
3. Great gas mileage on secondary highways - I commute 70 miles on 35-55 mph roads every day, I get a consistent 36-37 MPG. *BUT* see cons below....
4. Nice to drive. Hard to quantify, but it's become the favorite car for everyone in the household, beating out the previous number one, a turbo Jetta.
5. The right lane camera is nice, now that I've had it I want it on my other cars.
6. With real snow tires mounted, it could go ANYWHERE in the winter - here in NH, that's saying something.
1. Info/Entertainment/Bluetooth system. Good sound, but otherwise poorly thought out; have to pay too much attention to it while trying to drive to get it to work at all. Voice recognition works about as well as it does in my 2011 Odyssey - ie, not at all. I've given up on the phone menus; I dial from my phone, it's easier and less distracting - Google Voice actually works.
2. Honda iLink is only useful for iPhone, not Android; I realize iPhone has 60% of the North American market, but what about the other 40%?
3. You CAN attach an iPhone to the screen, but only if you buy a $150 cord.
4. Poor shoulder-check visibility. Good thing there's a right lane camera, but needs one on the left, too.
5. And the biggest problem, IMO: Freeway mileage sucks - I get 27 MPG on 75 MPH freeways (compared to 37 mpg on 50 MPH roads). My Odyssey, a vehicle twice as big, gets exactly the same. The engine may not be quite big enough for the vehicle at these speeds, the aerodynamics may be optimized for city driving, the AWD may introduce too much drag at freeway speeds - just guesses, though.
- Good grocery-getter vehicle, especially if you are and AM radio type; you don't cotton to that consarned "technology" stuff, and "Blue Tooth" is something that happens after you get into a fist fight.
- Not a long-distance highway cruiser; look elsewhere. The poor mileage suggests the car is working too hard at normal interstate speeds.
- Honda needs to hire some human interface engineers and completely re-vamp the entertainment system interface.
I was wary of the vibration issue for the 2015 so I waited for the 2016 to come out and some indication from Honda that a fix was applied. I can tell you that my car is not vibrating excessively, either at idle or driving, at least it's not noticeable to bother me or my passengers. MPG is good, I can get 32 on the highways, 26-28 otherwise. Car handles great, accelerates sufficiently, and just feels good to drive. I came from a 10 year old Accord and I can tell you the resale values on Hondas can't be beat. I don't expect reliability issues, knock on wood!
Headroom is good, storage is more than enough for my needs, and I feel safer with AWD. Stereo sounds good with the upgraded subwoofer, climate controls work as expected. Rearview and blindside cameras are very well integrated, I miss them sorely when I'm driving a vehicle without them now. Leather seats are comfortable and feel good even with long distance driving.
Few nitpicks, sunroof feels small compared to some of the competitors. Also, the navigation system really needs an update, I can't believe they charge 1500 for it, doesn't read out street names and cross streets are sometimes labeled, sometimes not. The touchscreen interface is confusing and takes some time to learn. Road noise is a bit loud at 60-70 mph, but I'm used to a sedan. Hope this helps some prospective buyers!
Buying a new car you shouldn?t have to worry about mice eating it for lunch. My new Honda, along with many new cars is equipped with ?soy based? hose lines that mice LOVE to eat. Donna went to hit the washer fluid lever and nothing came out. Instead the fluid drained down the firewall over the engine. My Honda dealer acknowledged the problem they have with mice eating the wires and the fluid lines. Now I have to find the anti- mouse tape and set traps under the hood of my CR-V at night!
To say I was pissed was an understatement.
The Radio and Satelite system SUCKS Wait till you "try to make anything work" while driving! YOU cant! You have to pull off tyhe road and figure out the screens! What a mess!
Vehicle 4 weeks old, 678 miles, vehicle clonked out on the interstate. Towed to local dealership 76 miles from home. Computer scan indicated major engine problem. Advised it would take 2 to 3 days to determine what the problem is. Major engine problem in a new vehicle?
No info upon contacting dealer for 4 days. Finally the 7th day of calling was advised that valve spring had broke. Working with Honda Tech Service to determine what caused the problem.
Contacted Honda Customer Service to document problem. Told repairs would be made to our satisfaction based on warranty. Our stance: defective engine, defective vehicle. Asked for new engine or new vehicle, no way.
Requested technical info from dealer to support diagnosis. Never have received. No contact for 3 additional days until I again called dealer. Stated that they had ordered new engine heads but were advised that was not available due to model still being produced?? Advised they were receiving parts to rebuild cylinder that had the broken spring! "Band-aid fix"!!
Customer service confirmed heads were not available. Told that it would take a while as Tech Service was trying to determine in it was a defect in the spring. ANOTHER WARNING SIGN!
3 more days with no contact or information. Left message with Customer Service with no reply in 3 1/2 hours, called again. StronglY requested that a new vehicle be delivered and that Honda could take forever to research. Answer NO! They have had no contact with deal regarding update of issue, would follow up. Day has gone by, no response from either party.
Into 3rd week since car breakdown and have no idea of solution. Cannot believe the complacent attitude of a company like Honda to deliver customer satisfaction. Did not purchase a $36,000 vehicle to get THIS!
2016 CR-V View from the Experience of a 2003 Owner
written on 04-11-2016
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Love Hondas. I've had four of them. I loved my 2003 CR-V. After 13 years, it still ran great. It never demanded much maintenance. It just seemed time to get another. I bought a 2016 CR-V EX. The drive is smooth with a little wind and outside noise. It turns easily, which is good for U-turns and pulling into parking spaces. Gas mileage is better in the 2016. With the 'econ' on, it gives 30+ mpg in the city as opposed to the 23 mpg in the 2003. The 2016 feels roomy and gives the sense of being strong and solid. The seats are comfortable. What's wrong with it? What do I miss that my 2003 CR-V had? What I loved about the 2003 were the storage areas, big and small. That set it apart from just a regular car. The 2016 has less immediate cargo space. I expected the back seat to pull forward, if necessary. It doesn't. The backs of the seats do fold down perfectly flat, however, which will help for really large items. The 2016 has fewer little storage areas in the front. The center console typically lifts up and has a little storage room; but, because all the electronic ports are located in there, it doesn't have much room for storage. The glove compartment is adequate. The small cargo area, the glove compartment, and the small console area--that's it for storage. I miss the little niches in the corners of the console/table of the 2003. I slipped the handles of litter bags in those niches. Now I hang a litter bag on the blinker stick. A woman needs a litter bag in the car, particularly when her passengers are children. The rear door lifts up just like every other SUV. The 2003 rear door opened out. A door that opens out means it can be hip-bumped shut when your arms are full of grocery bags and other stuff. A door that opens up means you need a free hand to lower the door or push a button for it close. It means another trip to the car just to close the rear door. These are minor issues. The 2016 runs smooth and feels tight, secure, and roomy. But, it seems Honda made the interior more like a car and lost some benefits of being an SUV.