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2011 Honda CR-V



  • idic5idic5 Posts: 18
    edited September 2011
    "Seriously you need a bigger car such as a Pilot. "

    So that would be a NO to all 7 of my questions from isellhondas? Can I get a 2011 Pilot for $25k out the door? $25k is all I got.

    "It it what it is. It's not a heavy duty truck."

    It has 5 seatbelts. 5 can sit in the back. I was curious about the usage of V owners. The spec says 1500 lbs can be towed. I was curious about the practicality of hooking a 100 lb bike carrier with a 100 lbs of bikes on it. The 3rd row question was broached when I saw the toyota clone of this car had a 3rd row. It is not unheard of for mini suv's to have 3 rows of seating - the kia sorrento has it, too, eg. I have since found out that the crv does not have the 3 rows.

    I actually put a fully loaded sears 20 cargo carrier and 5 bike carrier attached to a 2 inch recvr, w/ 5 people inside and a bunch of camping gear hitch on my previous car, a 168 HP 4 cyl toyota previa. Shouldn't a 180 hp crv be able to tote this same stuff? The V tolerances says it will be able to tow 1500 lbs. THe bike carrier plus bikes is probably around 200 lbs.

    IS that 1500 lb figure also include total wt of occupants?

    These HP specs are numbers. I was curious about your experiences as V owners.

    The seating 'comfortably' is kind of subjective. My wife , myself and my 16 yr old daughter went in the back of a test V on the weekend and we all her comfortable - sitting in the dealer lot. don't know how we'd be on a 8 yr drive to Mn. But I wd nt be back there and I a wide body guy. but even as a wide body guy I was surprised how comfortable it was.
  • My 2010 has the same HP and torque as the 2011. Guess our definition of "adequate" power differs. Anyway, that's one of the reasons why there's not a second Honda sitting in my garage.

  • I suggest that you might consider a 2011 Chevy Traverse.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    A CRV can tow 1500 pounds.

    Yes, comfortable is indeed, subjective and the back seat will seat three people.

    I suppose a CRV would work for you in a pinch.

    No, 25,000 will not buy a new Pilot OTD but a nice used one might be a good option for you.
  • idic5idic5 Posts: 18
    It says cloth, but I'd like to know the 'ingredients'. One reason is that I saw in a ford escape article that said the 'cloth' upholstery in the introductory Escape's trim was made from recycled plastic.

    Can someone please tell me and show me as back up that the cloth interior of the intro CRV trim, the LX, is made from good ol' cotton or something close to this?
  • idic5idic5 Posts: 18
    also include assembly location / country.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Mostly Japan but also in England and I believe some are made in Canada.
  • idic5idic5 Posts: 18
    edited September 2011
    I am considering buying a 2011 CR-v, and in my test drive I had three people in the back seat, and I was quite surprised when I glanced over my right shoulder that I could not see my blind spot - the area in front of what the rear view mirror could see - since my passenger was there (also, that new pillar in the gen 3 re-design has already obscured this visibility as it is).

    So ,

    current owners of gen 3 V's, what do you do when you make a right lane change? Can you still do a shoulder check ? Do u rely on the rigth mirror? Is that adequate to catch things in this blind area?

    I have come from mini vans in the past and was always used to very good visibility in all directions and so was surprised in this test drive. The last time I had test driven a cr-v was to replace my previa, and it was the gen-2 version and I felt there was outstanding visibility all the way around in that version - equal to or exceeding the previa. I decided to keep the old previa going , but now it has finally bit the dust and so am in the market again, and am looking at the cr-v again.

    Why did Honda reduce its great visibility from side to side with those big old' pillars and small side windows from what they had in previous generations, which afforded very good sight lines all around not unlike a mini van?

    But beyond this question, do you gen 3 cr-v owners find this apparent of lack of right side visibility acceptable? Again, how do you negotiate right lane changes , especially when there is a passenger in the left position of the rear seat?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    We have both a 2003 and a 2011 CRV and I'm not bothered by this. In Driver's Training they beat it into us to always look over our shoulder and not rely on mirrors and I guess I still remember that.

    CRV's have the best rollover protection of any cars in it's class and unfortunatly having wider pillars helps this happen.

    But, what doesn't bother one person can be a big deal to others.
  • I was almost convinced on buying a 2011 Honda CR-V (4WD) after test driving it and comparing it to Forester (seats too small), Rav4 AWD 6cyl (too noisy), Tiguan, Sportage, and Rogue. Then I saw this video demonstrating the Honda's 4WD system to other AWD systems Demo

    Can anyone comment on their experience with a CR-V's 4WD system in the snow/ice?

  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Interesting video. Whether the test conditions recreate real world conditions is unknown, although they look reasonable to me. Not in doubt, however, is that the Subaru has a superior 4WD system compared its more popular competitors.

    No one should buy a CR-V expecting performance up to serious off-road use or arctic winter driving conditions. Like others in its class, its a practical utility vehicle with a 4WD system intended for light duty use. It improves winter driving traction.

    For normal every-day driving, I think the CR-V is the better choice. But if one expects to rely on winter driving capability, then I'd choose something else.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    We currently own two CRV's. Both are 4WD. One is a 2003 and the other a 2011. We also had a 2000.

    All have done fine in the snow without winter tires. For serious snow driving there may be better choices but our CRV's have always done the job.

    Our son bought a new 2009 Subaru Impreza. He really felt confident and good to go until it snowed the first time. He got stuck on a hill unable to move and a RWD Miata went around him!!

    The Miata belonged to a co-worker who gave credit to the Blizzak tires he had installed on all four wheels.

    The next week, the Impreza got a set of Blizzaks too and a MAJOR, HUGE improvement was noted!

    If I was forced to commute, I would throw a set of those on our 2003 CRV.
  • No doubt that good snows will help. I'm just wondering how effective the Honda CR-V "4WD" is. I'm considering a 2011 model and also considering a 2011 Subaru Outback. Thanks
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    As I said, ours have served us well.

    A couple of years ago, it snowed so hard on my way to work I was ready to turn around but I kept going and it did just fine even going up a pretty steep hill without winter tires.

    Could a different car do better? Perhaps, but I was pleased by the way ours have performed.
  • Subarus have been snow-belt cars since they were first introduced in the 1970's. That was their initial niche.

    All things the same (engine, transmission, tires) my bet would be that either the Subaru Forester or Outback would beat my wife's 2008 CR-V EX-L AWD in heavy snow (6 inches or more). That said, she's never gotten stuck in the winter on the country roads around St. Louis, MO, she really likes the CR-V's utility in carrying plants, and the dealership is only 5 miles away (vice 20 for the Subaru dealership). So it really comes down to what vehicle works best for you in day-to-day use, dealership distance, and the number of blizzards you drive through in a typical year.
  • I think several of the newer cars, including the CrossTour and CRV, look more sporty, but the manufacturers are doing the consumers a huge disservice by putting out these cars with compromised rear visability due to the sloping hood, small rear windows, and wide rear columns.

    Just don't buy 'em! Or purchase an earlier model with larger windows.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    This is called rollover protection.

    You can't have both. Thin pillars and excellent rollover protection.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    The 2011 CRV's went from 166 HP to 180. We have one of each and the 2011 is MUCH faster than the 2003. It's alos much quietier.

    We have a 2005 CR-V EX 5 spd MAN, and 2010 CR-V EX 5 spd AUTO, and the 2005 is much more responsive, and actually faster according to all the car magazine tests than the 2010 with 180 hp.

    It is the transmission that is holding the 2010 back. The most annoying, indecisive transmission. But, it is good for people who don't want to be bothered with driving which actually behind the wheel.

    And as much as my wife insisted on buying her new car with atuomatic, she prefers diving mine, even when sitting in traffic. It is just a better driver's car, over all.

    Yeah, 2010 is quieter, but means nothing when it is hassle to drive it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    I've never found any of our CRV automatics to be "annoying" or "indecisive".

    And, for the life of me, I can't understand how driving a 2010 CRV can be a "hassle" to drive?

    The 5 speed CRV's were a dog to sell. As a large store, we tried to keep a couple on hand but unless you found that one person who had to have a stick, they just sat on the lot. Trying to sell a used 5 speed was even harder.

    When they quit making 5 speeds it wasn't a surprise to anyone.

    I'll drag race a 2005 5 speed with our 2011 ANY day!

    Well....back when I was a street racer I was always getting in trouble so better not!
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