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.
We bought a house with a steep driveway. Our Accord struggled to get to the top when it was snow covered. The CRV with AWD climbs right up no problem. This is our third CRV. Only 1000 miles so far, but pleased at this point. CVT works well, and the interior is comfortable and quiet. The radio and ac controls are better than the 17 Accord we traded in, but still not quite to our liking. Would love to show a Honda engineer what we don?t like about it. Overall a very nice car.
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.
I am really upset on 2018 CRV Touring. Before buying I did test drive for about 2-5 miles and everything was ok. But after driving car about 50Miles, started to hear very loud noise like a drum noise/rattling noise. This noise is specific to Touring model as stated by dealer. If I knew at the beginning why I am going to spend $35K for a car. Now I have to live with that noise. I strongly advise to new buyers do not buy touring at all. Heres is the link for recorded video:https://youtu.be/6oxQjXOQRVo