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 07-23-2008, 10:05 Post: 155568
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First I have to say that I own a 2007 CRV EXL AWD and I am a Honda fan.

I really love this car, it is great fun to drive, and while the article below has negatives on its highway performance, I completely disagree. It is no muscle car but it does everything I need a car to do. It gets 25 miles per gallon around my hilly neighborhood, and gets around 30 on the highway.

Edmunds says that the CRV was the most popular SUV for 2007 in the US, not sure how they tabulated that Smile


"Introduction

The 2008 Honda CR-V is underpowered, sort of weird looking, doesn't have a third-row seat and no longer has a picnic table built into its cargo bay. These are all criticisms that can be lobbed at the CR-V, but none seem to matter much to American consumers. In 2007, Honda's fully redesigned compact SUV was the runaway best-selling sport-utility on the market, beating out nameplates like the RAV4, Escape and Tahoe by tens of thousands. While sales are often a poor meter of a vehicle's worth, in the CR-V's case, the American public has picked a winner. It's an extremely well-rounded machine that successfully manages to be just what its name suggests -- a Comfortable Runabout Vehicle.

With high gas prices and growing environmental concerns, Americans are turning to compact SUVs in record numbers for their ability to provide safe, family-friendly utility while getting better gas mileage than larger models. The CR-V is one of the best at accomplishing this mission. While lacking in power (particularly on the highway), the CR-V's 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine delivers very good fuel efficiency. This Honda is also quite safe, with top scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The CR-V's interior is its best attribute, offering an impressively large and versatile cargo hold that tops out at 73 cubic feet of space. Additionally, there are plenty of bins, cubbies and cupholders to stash things. The reclining rear seat is spacious and comfortable, and it slides fore and aft to maximize rear legroom or to get problematic kiddies closer to mom and dad. To more easily spot childhood calamities, Honda has thoughtfully provided a "conversation" mirror (spy mirror may be more appropriate) built into the overhead console's sunglasses holder.

The CR-V was a pioneer more than 10 years ago when it helped create the compact SUV segment. Today, this segment is one of the most competitive and popular, with at least 16 models competing for Americans' hearts, minds and checkbooks. The CR-V's competitors include impressive vehicles like the Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander, Saturn Vue and Toyota RAV4, the latter of which won an Edmunds.com comparison test of compact SUVs that included the CR-V. All are deserving of a good long look, but the 2008 Honda CR-V is an excellent choice that does a great many things very well. The American public has made a few iffy decisions in the past (Richard Nixon, Taylor Hicks), but picking the CR-V as their favorite SUV isn't one of them.
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 08-21-2008, 20:00 Post: 156229
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 08-24-2008, 13:52 Post: 156259
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Dennis, I have to admit the Honda CRV's do appeal to me. I've looked at them but have never driven one. Same applies to the Toyota Rav4 though. In fact, I think IF I was in the market for one of the two and the Rav4 did NOT have the silly looking spare mount on the back, I'd opt for the Rav4.
(I may be getting a bit off topic here) I've never owned a Honda but we own two Toyotas. I know Honda has a great reputation, as does Toyota. A few months ago we debated getting a new car, either a Camry or Accord (I like the styling of the Accord a little more). I asked a local mechanic that has a thriving business for a lot of years which would be the better car? The response was, both excellent cars but parts are easier to get and less expensive for the Toyota.
I'm just relating what he said. As far as getting a new SUV or car, I'm glad we waited. I'll continue to drive my 2000 Camry for the near future. My wife has a 2005 Corolla. I don't put many miles on my vehicles. The Camry is only approaching 70,000 miles and we also have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that only has about 27,000 miles on it. Yep, 27,000. That would be worth next to nothing now so we may as well keep it. One last thing, The price of gas will continue to go up. For the number of times we truly need a 4wd during the course of the winter, it probably isn't even worth it to own one. A front wheel drive with GOOD snows all around would probably suffice in all but the worst possible storms. Sorry to get so long winded, Steve.






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 08-24-2008, 16:32 Post: 156262
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.......I asked a local mechanic that has a thriving business for a lot of years which would be the better car?The response was, both excellent cars but parts are easier to get and less expensive for the Toyota.I'm just relating what he said., Steve.



I have owned quite few Hondas (81 Accord,86 Accord,89 Prelude,92 Acura Vigor, 92 Civic, 96 Accord,2005 Pilot, and 2007 CRV). I also have had two Toyotas (2000 Tundra and Sienna).

I have found the cost of Honda dealer repairs ( of which there few to none) to be very reasonable. On the the Toyota dealer repair of the brakes on my Tundra they charged just under $1000 for front rotors and front disks and adjusting the rear emergency brakes but not replacing the drum brakes or turning the drums. Ouch!

That experience turned me off from Toyota. On another occasion on a warranty repair I got the " did you buy the car from us" question, the answer to which was "not this one but my Tundra yes" so they did the warranty work on the Sienna. In all the years I have owned Hondas I never was put through that hoop bringing cars to different dealers.

I also like the fact that Honda is more straight forward in pricing packages. You order a LX, EX, or EXL. Toyota has the Detroit options up the wazzu approach where the car in the lot is always loaded with stuff that you never saw on the internet pricing you got.






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 08-24-2008, 21:11 Post: 156274
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Dennis, I live on top of a pretty steep hill. The mechanic that told me Toyota parts are cheaper and easier to get is on the bottom of one side of the hill. I actually go to another mechanic that's at the bottom of the other side of my hill. Both, good mechanics in this area with good reputations. Next time I go to my own mechanic I'll ask him the same question (If I remember, I'm getting old So Sad-). Of course, he's a Dodge truck fan. The other thing is, unless I have to, or unless it's under warranty, once I buy a vehicle, any work that has to be done like brakes, exhaust or something like that(other than oil changes that I do myself), I go to my local mechanic. Now if I had your bucks I'd be driving a Lexus, or should I say Acura Smile and having my dealer pick up my car for service. I love looking at new cars, whether I can afford one or not and I suspect you like checking them out too. Actually it ranks right up there with looking at tractors and pretty girls.
Not necessarily in that order. I don't know when I'll be looking to buy another vehicle but I'll remember what you said when I do. Steve






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 08-24-2008, 21:20 Post: 156275
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By the way, Dennis. I happened to notice that despite the fact I have 166 posts, you demoted me at some point in time to a single tractor. Admitedly I haven't had a lot to offer in the way of advice (mostly here to learn) but, was it something I said? You weren't even aware of the fact I leaned towards Toyota at the time. Smile






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 08-25-2008, 10:15 Post: 156285
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By the way, Dennis.I happened to notice that despite the fact I have 166 posts, you demoted me at some point in time to a single tractor.....



Right now the little tractors are only an indicator of number of posts not quality of posts Smile

You were not demoted, I think I changed the number of tractors per message some time ago.

Toyota and Honda are the two brands I like the best, I did not mean to overstate the differences, my experience may be tainted by the dealer in my neighborhood. Your mileage may vary !

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