We have had a Subaru Outback for 20 years, and have loved it. It has been the most useful and reliable car we have ever owned (and both my wife and I are north of age 65, so we have owned a goodly number of cars). We researched a new car purchase for over a year, and pretty much assumed we would get another Subaru (most likely a Forester, for its compact size and off-road agility). We have also owned a 2000 Jeep Wrangler since it was almost new, and have done a lot of 4-wheeling. We live in the lower part of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and get a modest amount of snow along with the rain. So, we value good traction in a rural area. But, when we finally test-drove a Forester, we found the ride was a bit stiffer than we liked, the seats were too firm, and entry/exit was a little difficult for my 5'3" wife. Then, we drove the Honda CR-V. We felt it was noticeably more comfortable. Also, it has a plusher interior, and slightly larger cargo volume. We thought it was generally classier looking. (We recognized that the Forester has a half-inch more ground clearance, and possibly slightly better safety technology, notably the rear braking feature.) We really like the Honda's little engine, which has absolutely no turbo lag, and is much more responsive than the old Outback ever was. The technology is excellent, the safety features are most comforting, the Molten Lava Pearl Red paint is very good fun; Folsom Lake Honda is excellent to work with for both purchase and service. We are gratified to learn that Kelley Blue Book and Motor Trend magazine have given the CR-V "best of class" recognition. We have kept the Subaru, but we have a new love.
So far everything is great w the car except one thing. For me it's the way the phone is integrated in w the car. If listening to a music or satellite radio app on the phone and someone texts in, it'll drop what you're listening to and start speaking through the cars speakers what the text says. Other than that, I love the car. Coming from a Hyundai Elantra that was honestly scary to drive in snowy conditions, the CR-V handles fantastic and I get peace of mind especially w my kids in the car.
I haven't had any problems with this car. I think it's great. I don't have the fuel in oil problem that some are having. Apparently it's been a problem with some CRVs from 2016 to 2018 models. I don't know how common the problem is. I am hopeful Honda will fix the problem soon. I decided to base my review on my experiences and not what I read about others. The ride is comfortable. The turbo has plenty of power for me. I enjoy the blind spot warning, brake warning, automatic rear view mirror(never had this before), and other features. The entertainment system took me a while to figure out, but it works fine with quality sound. Based upon my experiences, I recommend this vehicle.
This is my second CR-V and I will say the tech value in this vehicle has greatly increased over the years. As it has always been, the CR-V is a very dependable and quality vehicle. My disappointment as it has been in the past with other CR-V is the ride noise; even though Honda has improved on this with the CR-V, it is still not up to where I feel it should be, more improvement needed in this category. The new turbo added to four cylinder makes for a more less strenuous ride especially on upgrades. From the stand point of gas mileage it is somewhat over rated, combined miles is suggested to be at around 30 although with very light footed driving this at present is only 26.5.
Overall, I?m very pleased. I love: Apple Car Play, Honda Sensing, 3 views for the reverse camera, and cross traffic alert. Some things I?ve noticed: driver side speaker cuts in and out in calls, volume of text read or voice prompts is very loud and doesn?t respond to volume knob. Also, ticking noise coming from right front of the vehicle, when accelerating.