Honda CR V

Honda CR V

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Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Tuesday 20th October
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Just bought a CR V

Not the most exotic of motors but I'm impressed.

Traded in a BMW 328i for what I hope will be a much more reliable vehicle.
So far driven 100ish miles and it feels so much more comfy than the BM and with better visibility.

Dealer pics for the moment but will post more pics tomorrow if anyone interested.




Kinky

37,603 posts

229 months

Tuesday 20th October
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I'm in ears

I'm considering either one of these or a Lexus RX-450h sometime possibly over the coming months.

So will be quite curious how you go with it thumbup

lexham

129 posts

205 months

Wednesday 21st October
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We've had one of these (2.0 petrol EX) since 2013, and despite it being the slowest car we've ever had, it's strangely, the one I'm most reluctant to change.

There is some really thoughtful under the skin engineering, that takes you a while to realize.
For example, rear doors that open at 90 degrees (so super easy to load in kids or grownups).
A really big square boot that is plastic lined up to the window, so very resilient to bikes, mud, water etc. Rear camera, parking sensors and a great turning circle all make it fit around you very well.
Second row seating space is great - I'm quite tall so in many cars the rear passengers could get quite cramped - not the case here.
The AWD system isn't going to win any offroad bragging rights, but with decent tyres, it's perfectly fine for a Goodwood quagmire, some deep snow in winter on the Lancashire fells and anything else we've thrown at it.

Of course, being a 2013 model, the infotainment is a bit rudimentary, but that's not a showstopper.

Best way to describe driving it is, well, undramatic. It jut gets on with being a family car, and you never look back and think you've had a great drive, rather it does the job with an absolute minimum of fuss.
Even though it doesn't have a lot of power, it's surprising how fun it is to hustle along and how good it is at keeping momentum. 0-60 can be measured with a sundial (11 secs with the auto box), but it's quite a characterful naturally aspirated engine.
Other family car is an estate with a 5 sec to 60 time, so switching over can be entertaining.

And reliability - apart from consumables and servicing, nothing to report. Uneventful.

So when it comes to be replaced, I'll get another - maybe the hybrid (with a bit more speed). I did think about the Lexus RX450h, but from a size and practicality perspective, the Honda still wins out. And if I went to the Lexus dealer, I'd more likely come out with an LC500.





Edited by lexham on Wednesday 21st October 10:54

Kinky

37,603 posts

229 months

Wednesday 21st October
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lexham said:
... I did think about the Lexus RX450h, but from a size and practicality perspective, the Honda still wins out.
You mean the Lexus is too big for your needs, or is it practically smaller than the CRV?

Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Thursday 22nd October
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Off out later on a landscape, maybe incorporating the CRV photo trip around Seven Sisters.


This may help size wise...

https://www.automobiledimension.com/car-comparison...

lexham

129 posts

205 months

Thursday 22nd October
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Kinky said:
You mean the Lexus is too big for your needs, or is it practically smaller than the CRV?
Much smaller inside than the CR-V, but a really lovely place to spend time.

Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Saturday 24th October
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Combining dog walking with car and woodland photography. thumbup


Kinky

37,603 posts

229 months

Saturday 24th October
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So how are you finding it so far then?

Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Saturday 24th October
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Absolutely love it.

Not as outright fast as the BM but far more comfortable and refined. What the BM should have felt like IMO.

On paper the BM 328i is 0-60 in apx 7 seconds whereas the CRV is 12 ish but to be honest I've not felt I've needed any more oomph, and still has all stuff like cruise control, sat nav, parking camera, bluetooth phone connectivity, heated seats........

I would not hesitate to recommend one.

Bobtherallyfan

550 posts

38 months

Sunday 25th October
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Had a CRV for 12 years so far...it’s part of the family and the go to car for days out. It may be a bit boring but it’s full of clever design details you don’t realise until you use it. Big comfy seats, great visibility, good off road on the right tyres and huge practical load space.

ALawson

7,412 posts

211 months

Thursday 29th October
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Evening chaps and fellow H owners! I have a 57 plate accord tourer, it’s up at 156k now and whilst it will keep going it’s getting a little tired around the edges. Did look at a 2014/15 reg Accord but the boot is simply too small.

Therefore a CRV is the natural successor from the Honda stable, Lexus 450 has been looked at (reliability and quality exceed H but I think they are a little too small and infotainment is probably worse than the CRV).

Main benefit of the 57 plate 2.2 Derv is no Dpf, I have read worry stories of dpf costs in accord and CRV with low mileage.

I do about 20miles each way daily and normally a longer run on the weekends or a long run monthly.

Local Indy recommends 2.0 petrol Manual EX, I like the 2.2 and have done 80k trouble free miles in mine. So am thinking a late Rev 2.2 CRV manual EX.

OP what engine/box have you got? And what else did you consider?
I have a E350 estate as the other possible on the list.

Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Thursday 29th October
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My CRV's a 2.0 iVtec 5 Speed Auto.
Got most of the toys the i328 had and I still can't get over how nice it feels to drive.

Personally I would not go near a Diesel or any German car.

No maker can manage a 100% reliable vehicle but I've had better experiences with Japanese, Nissan Almera, two MX5's and a Honda S2000.
I did have two IS200's but could not get on with their "wooden" steering feel, maybe needed some work on the front end?

During my research I saw Honda is having trouble with their diesels, recalls and TSB's.

I didn't really much else on my current list to replace the 328 touring, maybe an RX450 but the load capacity is a way off the CRV.
I was trying to steer clear of SUV's but I'm glad I took the plunge.


Kinky

37,603 posts

229 months

Thursday 29th October
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Drogo said:
.... maybe an RX450 but the load capacity is a way off the CRV.
I think that's sealed it for me thumbup

Drogo

Original Poster:

540 posts

177 months

Thursday 29th October
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Lexus RX = 446 dm3

Honda CRV = 589 dm3

Kinky

37,603 posts

229 months

Thursday 29th October
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SOLD smile

So I'll be after an auto petrol EX from an MD, 2012 onwards.

IIRC the EX is the top specc'd model. Time to do some research. Got a few months yet, so no rush. But plenty of time to swot up on it biggrin