Story behind buying this car:
So it was time for me to learn how to drive and my dad wanted to buy me a small car. I don't like small cars because in my opinión they are ugly i didn't imagine myself in a little car so at first he bought the little car and he ended up not liking it, then selling it and then buying a new car. I know a little crazy. Well the new car he bought was the cr-v in a "pearl" color.
The color of the car is spectacular! It is an opac white with little shimmers that can be seen with the sun. Everybody comments about the little glitters and shimmers.
The inside of the car is so spacy. It has a lot of space for every single person to have their legs comfortable and just to relax. It has an aux for the ipod which i love and it has the option of usb or aux and that is life saber. It comes with the input for charging your electronics. The radio is acceptable. The seats are comfortable and the trunk in the back is the perfect size. Perfect for camping, beach, roadtrip or to put your friends in there haha jk.
It has acceptable tires, no problem with them.
This is the car I used to learn how to drive and i found it very easy to drive. The sterring wheel is not hard and the size is not too big so i can feel confident when i'm driving.
Would recommend this for teenagers first car.
I have owned a number of cars in my driving life. I always buy new as I value reliability as one of my top priorities. I drive approx 70miles round trip each day and wanted something both reliable and comfy for the non motorway journey. Part of my route is through B roads and I have often had some dodgy moments in the winter months. As i was due to renew my car I thought that I would look at the Honda CRV. After an initial visit to the car show room I was a bit put off by the size as it felt very big. However after a test drive on a snowy road (december in the west of scotland) i was smitten!! What a fabulous car to drive. It is comfortable with great drivers sitting position. It holds a family of 4 going on holiday with great ease - still allowing us to see out of the back window. I smile every day I get in to my CRV. I feel safe and in control which to me is so important. Ps - go for the version with the heated seats. I am almost looking forward to winter.
We're thinking of having a party next June. It'll be to celebrate 4 trouble-free years' ownership of our CR-V.
When I was small, Japanese cars were derided as trashy, flimsy copies of superior western vehicles, but, somewhere along the line, the Japanese took on board that quality & reliability will always sell. Its obvious, really - you buy an item, & it quickly breaks, - do you rush out & buy another of the same item??.
My Honda story begins in the 1970's, when I drove one or two as a favour to a friend who then had the dealership in Bath & Bristol. I promised myself that, if I ever got a new car, it'd be a Honda Accord.
A few years & one wedding later, we were able to buy a silver/grey 1800cc 3-door Hatchback Accord in 1984, which had all sorts of items built-in that were still 'extras' on UK cars. That car stayed with us for 10 years, only breaking down once, when the cam-belt snapped.
We said immediately that we'd have another new Honda when we could afford it. Forward to 2005, & we bought a second-hand '02 CR-V through an on-line dealership. We liked it well enough, despite it being a petrol version, & its habit of emitting the smell of cooking rubber after a lengthy trip. We never did find out why.
I had a hip-resurfacing op in Feb 2006, so the CR-V's height & wide front door was just what I needed at the time. Our circumstances changed in 2006, & we were able to buy a new car, & It had to be a Diesel CR-V.
You can imagine how welcome we were at Johnson's, the Oxford Honda Dealership when we turned up with cash in hand & a CR-V to trade in!
Deal done, we collected our Sage Grey iV-TEC 2.2 ltr manual CR-V.
So, after 3.5 years & 47000-odd miles, how have we got on?
The things we like a lot are the build quality, Sensible layout of the controls, the car's reliability, roominess (for the most part) & flexibility in load-carrying. It looks pretty good, too, & we prefer ours to the newer one for styling. Servicing happens once a year, so its advisable to save some money every month towards it. Ours had its first MOT check last summer, & there were no problems found.
Fairly small niggles with it are:
1) Under the bonnet there's a lot of engine. For some reason, the oil-filler cap is recessed, so you need either fingers of steel, or a pair of pliers to get it off. A funnel is handy when topping-up, too.
2) In very cold weather the windscreen-washer nozzles tend to freeze up, which is a nuisance. It happened on the previous CR-V, too.
3). The rear door, with the spare wheel attached, is very heavy, so when parked across a slope, with the hinge side uphill, it can be a bit of a struggle to open it fully.
4). Similarly when parked across a slope & its raining, opening the doors on the 'up' side will allow rainwater to drip in onto the seats, as there's no gutter above the doors.
5). There really isn't a lot of legroom for the front passenger, so a longish trip can become a bit of a trial for tall people.
6). The original-fit Bridgestone tyres weren't very impressive, with the front near-side one wearing fastest.
7). The spare wheel is hung on the rear door under a cover. We had to use it on a wet day near Glasgow when we picked up a puncture. The jack wouldn't raise the car high enough to get an inflated tyre back on, so I had to scout round for a couple of bits of wood to make it possible. I then managed to shear off one of the holding-bolts when I hung the 'dead' wheel on the door. I later found out that these bolts only need a certain amount of torque to secure them, & I'd made the error of just keeping on tightening it. Fortunately, 2 bolts seem sufficient to hold the wheel onto its fitting.
That said, the good far outweighs the bad. We drove it to Aberdeenshire last September, & it rained. And rained. The CR-V sailed through a lot of deepish water on the roads where many lower-slung cars couldn't go. We haven't noticed the 4-wheel drive cutting in yet, as we haven't been anywhere off-road, or in conditions bad enough for it to do so. Inside, there's a handy drawer under the passenger-seat where items can be stored out of sight. There are pockets in the doors, on the backs of the front seats & in the centre console, if you don't have satnav fitted there. The glovebox isn't very big. The handbrake position takes a little getting used to, but I now find I'm groping in the wrong place for it whenever I drive another car. Mrs K likes to drive the CR-V, & feels safe in it. Its not a car for boy racers, being better suited to families &/or older folk, but it has a respectable turn of foot, & eats up the miles on a long run. We usually get about 37mpg in day-to-day running, but managed 41mpg on our last Scottish trip. The tank holds about 60 ltrs, with a warning light when it gets down to 10.
A tip: When you go to a tyre-dealer for replacements, you need a special adaptor for the security-bolt on each wheel. One is provided with the car, but DON'T LOSE IT! I did, & it cost me another £7 for a replacement.
We happily recommend the CR-V to anyone, & we'll stick with Honda for the forseeable future, - maybe our next one will be an automatic......
I have a Honda CRV 2007 new model and it's been a fantastic car from start to finish. Previous cars have been German prestige makes like Mercedes and BMW, so I was worried that the CR-V wouldn't live up to them, but how wrong I have been! It drives really well and I love the gear stick on the console - it makes driving really comfortable. Ours is a 2.0 litre petrol engine and I have to say that I do find it a bit "gutless" on occasion as the car is so heavy that it doesn't accelerate as quickly as I'd sometimes like, but that's a minor point compared to some of the benefits. From a family point of view it's been incredible. Loads of space in the boot and we can easily fit our two child car seats in the back (with the added bonus of Isofix!). The sat nav has been fantastic, even when we used it in France! The look of the car is really easy on the eye and every time I return to it in the car park, I feel pleased it's mine! We added the body kit pack (front and rear bumpers), plus the side sills and it all makes the car look a lot meatier. Servicing and parts are cheaper than I would have thought, though our local dealership haven't been great from a service perspective.
After my mum traded in her old car she bought a Honda CRV 2.2 CDTI in steel grey colour. My first impressions was it looked a bit dull, by far not the prettiest 4x4 but I didn't make any further judgement until I drove it.
The interior was basic but well laid out and a nice eye soothing blue dashboard. Everything seems well screwed together and most of the plastics are good quality and soft to touch. The CRV has a good spec with cruise control, cooled glove box, radio steering controls, twin airbags, climate control, remote central locking etc.
On turning the key the first thing I noticed was how refined the engine was, infact one of the quietest diesel engines I've heard. Sound system is crisp and clear. I have taken the CRV on a few motorway trips and found it a very nice drive, the engine is very smooth and there is very minimal road and wind noise. Lumps and bumps on the road are smothered very well and the ride never feels harsh or uncomfortable.
This model has 140bhp, reasonable power you may think but because the CRV is so heavy the performance suffers but it I wouldn't go as far as saying its slow.
Boot space is good and the rear seats can be folded down to allow for even more room. The car will easily fit 3 people in the back because there is no hump in the floor. As the CRV doesn't do too many long journeys my mum said she is getting around 400 miles to a tank but more could be achieved on longer trips.
If you aren't too fussed on looks and want a well built 4x4 I would recommend one. Honda came top of the list on the What Car reliability survey so it's unlikely you will have many breakdowns.
I bought a Honda 52 plate CR-V four years ago and, touch wood, have never had a problem with it and am still extremely happy with it. The space inside is fantastic - you can fit a washing machine stood upright in the boot - with its packaging! Replacement parts are relatively cheap and easy to fit yourself if you're that way inclined. And I'm still a huge fan of the 'McDonald's tray' between the seats in the front. However, I'd love to know how many people have actually used the picnic table that comes in the boot! Negatives are it is extremely thirsty when it comes to petrol and I've never felt completely confident with the breaks even though I regularly have them checked out and they're apparently fine. Also, be prepared for squeaky windscreen wipers and clutch pedals! That said I haven't found another car that offers as much as this car does with the same relaiblity and price tag. I think I'll be sticking with mine for quite a few more years!
I have a Honda CRV automatic made in 2004.
This review is about the interior of the car. All the bits that I want to know about a new car and are never included in a What Car review! As to the engine - the car goes fast enough for me, thanks. And it's easy to drive. And the outside? Looks ok to me - see the picture above!
** The important bit **
Right. Let's start at the back. The most important thing - you can fit 3 child carseats on the back seat. Woohoo! I have a Bebe Confort 9mth-4yr seat, a Jane high-backed booster and a Nania high-backed booster in a row. The space between the two boosters is a little tight - I can reach in and do the seatbelts up fairly easily but the children struggle to do their own.
Because the car is high up, there is plenty of space for luggage under the children's feet - that's where the travel cot goes when we go on holiday.
The back seat moves forward and back so you can squish the kids up and have more boot space. You can also make sure you can reach back and hand toys/food to the children from the passenger seat.
The back seat is split 2/3 of the way along, so you can put all or some of it down to carry a large object in the boot. And the whole thing folds down and forward (up against the back of the front seat). That's all pretty easy to do.
The boot is big, it's great. You can take the base of the boot out, and it's a flat plastic square. Turn it over - and it has pull-out legs. Hey presto, a picnic table! No use if you're not also lugging picnic chairs around, but still. I'm easily pleased and I like it.
The boot opens like a door. This means you don't need to stretch up to a boot that you can't quite reach. It is a nuisance when someone parks right behind you, and you can't get the door open enough to get the pram back in.
In between the two front seats is a little tray for your phone and so on, which folds down so you can walk between the seats. This is particularly useful when you've climbed into the back of the car to do up the seatbelts, and shut the door behind you 'cos it's raining, and then realised the childlocks are on and you can't get out again... There is also space underneath the tray for your handbag.
Just underneath the cd player is a little cubbyhole that is linked to the air-conditioning - a mini coolbox. This sounded like a great idea, and it does stay quite cool when you switch the engine off. But I wouldn't recommend leaving a pack of chocolate buttons in it for several hours when the car is parked in sun.
Hmm, I do have one thing to say about the engine. Its a 4x4. Kind of. The 4x4 clicks in when it's needed, you don't have to pay it any attention. I've only ever used it to drive down a snowy hill - well, that worked. I don't think you buy this car if you want a 4x4, it more of an estate car on stilts. I wanted a car that would fit all the kids and our stuff in, and my husband didn't want an estate or a people carrier. This is a great compromise.
Oh, and we test-drove a Freelander too and eeugh I felt horribly carsick in the passenger seat. I do get seasick on wet grass, but still. The CRV felt fine.
There you go, all the things that are important to me about the car.
Fun car, shame about the interiour - Advantages: 4 wheel 2 wheel drive automatically changes - Disadvantages: A few burning smell problems dealership still not able to fix, Plastic interior trim scratches far to easily, v disappointing even the seat belts mark the interior. Not enough leg room for 6ft 2"'ers in the front seat, Rear seats do not come out
YIPPEEEEE!!!! There's nothing quite like the glorious, naïve, rosy eyed, uncertain pleasure of getting a new car. A veritable rush of glee washes over you, filling your senses with an unquestioning feeling of outstanding well-being - the gleam, the sheen, the wonder machine - the robust, unflinching THUNK as well engineered door slams firmly shut with a reassuring feel of quality. It doesn't last all that long, of course, so enjoy it while it lasts for pretty soon the novelty is over and it's just a heap of metal, but for a while it least there's nothing like it, so enjoy it while it lasts. Mrs D, of course, was stood there grinning her manic, empty headed grin from ear to ear, unbelieving the luck that has befallen her - dave27 has put his hand in his voluminous pocket and pulled out eighteen grand and said "There you go, have a nice day." Her Ford Ka had been good in its day and had always served us well, but the day was now over and it was past its best, the victim of mindless violence from those God-awful dave27-ettes with their soft drinks (so sticky), sweets (even stickier) and endless rowing, and it was time for the big pay out. She'd been looking round for a new car for ages (she never really thinks about a second hander, ever) and prerequisites were four doors, power steering and a decent trade in deal on her car. Autocar said three grand was about all you could expect and, of course, you knew that was all she would be prepared to settle for. Privately, she hoped for a four by four jeepster type, but didn't really dare to expect. However, in the end all her dreams came true (and no I don't mean the day she married me, although that was her really lucky day) and she got a wonderful deal from our local Honda dealer, Riding & Co, who did everything right. They gave us an excellent price on a brand new Honda CRV (£18,280, but she only told me much later that
she forked out another three hundred quid on all the goodies inside), a great trade in price (all of the three grand she expected) and then just let us get on with it and applied no pressure whatsoever (thanks be to you, but you got your commission anyway - cheers to Richard Edge, the salesman you really want to deal with). Now that's a formula that works with Mrs D every time, and after she'd done all her soul searching the die was cast and a decision was taken - the Family 27 was getting a new car... The beast in question was Honda's brand new CRV, a real snip at a very reasonable £18,280 (say it fast, it hurts less?) and anyway the Japanese giants make such a convincing argument: "At Honda, 'What if?' isn't just a question - it's our belief, inspiring and motivating everything we do. It's a challenge to the status quo, a refusal to be content with the ordinary, the predictable and the merely OK. Some might think there's no room for dreams in our high-tech, hard-nosed world. We believe there is. In fact, dreams are positively encouraged around here, because sometimes, what starts out as 'just another idea' turns out to be something extraordinary. We've been building engines for over 50 years, but seeing where a dream can take us is still an adventure. Are you ready to come with us?" Yeah, yeah, yeah? The model we settled for was the very, very nifty 2.0 I-VTEC SE Sport in metallic black (whoops, I meant nighthawk black pearl, of course, how could I possibly forget?), the coolest looking thing you will have seen in a very long time. This car drives like an absolute dream, quite the smoothest, jerk free beast that I've driven in an age, even standing up to the stall-prone juddering driving of Mrs D (probably the worst driver in the world...), and that's probably the most distinctive thing about it, its drive. It is smooth and yet powerful, gliding up to 60 mph with
a gratifying sureness, and surprisingly quiet. You get all the other normal goodies associated with the very high quality spec as well - CD/radio, electric sunroof and mirrors, electric windows all round, air conditioning and climate control, additional dead lock - the lot. You get an integrated swing up glass hatch in the middle of your back door, which has to be separately unlocked, but is very convenient and a lovely touch when you got a load of heavy shopping. There's a 60/40 split rear seat arrangement and the seats fold right down if you want - they also recline into a sleepy time position for your little darling dear hearts, although the chances of the dave27-ettes dropping of is pretty slim, still they opined "Cool, wicked!" which apparently means they were quite chuffed, just as they were with the drinks holders (why do such flimsy little gadgets have such a profound impact on the easily impressed - "OOOOOH, a blue car," quoth Homer). Away from all the consumer goodies there's also a lot of scientific know how gone into safety and driving and apparently "if the CRV senses a loss of traction from the front wheels, it automatically engages four-wheel drive." Cool, wicked! The high seating position gives you great all round visibility in this car, although the very high head rests in the back make looking out the back window a bit of a chore, especially when the dave27-ettes have got a real strop on. That's a rare complaint, however, in what is a pretty impressive motoring package, just hope Mrs D appreciates it... (Actually, it's obvious she does, what with her promising me all sorts of sexual favours for my kindness in laying out all that dosh. She was overjoyed with our new purchase and when the salesman was talking her through all the details of the controls and how to get the best out of it, you should have seen her with her wall to wall grin, she was chuffed t
o buggery and so pleased that it was simply impossible for her to actually take in any of his wise words. I actually thought her head was going to fall off, she was smiling so widely, the poor duck...) All in all, this is quite the best car we've ever bought, and we're very impressed with it. I'm not a great lover of the 4*4 type of car myself, being a committed saloon fancier (come back Audi, all is forgiven), but of its type the CRV is a wonderful example. We checked out a few models while Mrs D was looking for a car, and the Honda simply had more to offer on every single front, with the best value for money available. She checked out What Car to be sure (which she always does, being so careful with MY money, what a living doll!) and was suitably impressed. They gave it a great write up and said it had won an award as best in class (but then they all seem to do that, don't they?) However, in this case the hype seemed to be merited for once at least. We even got a three-year warranty and three years' cover at the AA from those lovely Japanese people. My last experience with Jap cars wasn't quite as promising, and I had some major disappointments with the Toyota Carina I used to have (but that' another story). However, the Honda experience has won back all the brownie points that were lost, with knobs on. The car in front of the car in front is a Honda...
Honda’s first CR-V was a million seller and here is the second generation version. It may go by the same name but this one’s built in Swindon and is an all-new car with restyled, more aggressive looks, a completely new powertrain and a brochure full of new features and equipment. Although its off-road capabilities are better suited to grass and gravel rather than deep mud and sand, the CR-V with its ‘intelligent’ 4WD system certainly shouldn’t get stuck in a shallow puddle. Like the outgoing model, should the permanently driven front wheels start to slip, power is automatically fed on demand to the rears. Unlike the old model, the new CR-V is powered by the latest generation i-VTEC engine, similar to the Stream’s and indeed the hot Civic Type-R’s. Though power in this application is rated at 148bhp it’s enough to let it sing along a motorway or climb a mountain pass without getting breathless. Needless to say, for the urban school run, power and torque is more than ample. Chassis-wise the new CR-V’s wheelbase remains the same although overall body length and width have been slightly increased for greater passenger and luggage accommodation. The body has also been stiffened in certain areas thus improving overall rigidity. Peek inside and you’ll notice a redesigned dash with a novel vertically-mounted handbrake which frees-up useful floor space. There are more bins and pockets for bits and bobs but a more notable improvement is the rethink of the two-way tailgate in which the upper window section is now part of, rather than separate from, the rear door, making it easier to flip open the glass to drop things in. In addition to reclining by up to 45 degrees, the rear seats are now 60/40 split/fold and each rear section slides to and fro for greater loadspace or legroom flexibility. Riding taller than a pure on-roader means the CR-V can still roll around a bit,
but on the whole it grips, steers, stops, and handles very politely. I had one driver-induced ‘moment’ on a mountain bend and didn’t even kick up any dust, which is a better outcome than I’d momentarily expected. Phew, The CR-V comes in SE or SE Sport spec as a five-door only. There’s only one engine but you can choose between a five-speed manual or four-speed auto, the latter having a dash-mounted stick, liberating even more space.
I have had my Honda CRX Japanese import for a year and a half now - that's two summers of cruising around in a convertible! No, it's not practical, and yes it sometimes drips water from the roof where the seal is not as tight as it could be, but put The Fresh Prince "Summer Time" on the 6 CD player, crank it up, and put the roof down electronically and WHO CARES???!!! Everyone stops and stares when the boot lifts up, arms reach out to grab the roof and pull it back in, then tucks itself away in the boot again. Even the RAC man who came out to change my tyre for me (no, I'm not a naff female, I was just at work so didn't want to get dirty and besides, I pay for it don't I??!!!)hadn't seen one before and asked for a demo. Needless to say, he was as impressed as everyone else! I haven't met anyone yet who didn't think 1. it was great or 2. what a great way to pull a bloke! (or bird I guess...!). So I can't fit more than a suitcase in the boot (and one of the medium sized ones at that!) and so I can't take any more than one passenger (except with the top down and 3 people sitting on each other but that's another story...!) but I'm young, don't have children, so when else am I going to do it? I don't have to be practical yet! The Japanese import is of course less than the English version (considerably) and the only thing I've had to do so far is replace the distributor and tyres - things that could happen to any car.
I have just bought one and I have to say that compared to the FreeLander its a no contest. Better, priced, better finished and better value. Why can't we get it right over here on one of best known marques? The dealer was knowledgable about the car and went to a great deal of trouble to show me all the features. In contrast both Freelander dealers really couldn't care less. If you are looking for a great allropund 4wd then I suggest you include a CRV on your list.
I test drove several small SUV's and this is by far the best. Most people never drive these off road so no point in having permanent 4wd and since most owners have kid's you need a fair size boot. The freelander and rav 4 couldn't match it. I've owned one for nearly three years and will only change it to another when an updated model comes out. Easily met my expectations, my wife and kid's also love it.