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CR-V versus my Acura TL for teen daughter

pasquali56pasquali56 Posts: 18
edited May 2014 in Honda
I've got a '01 TL that's in perfect shape, albeit slightly over 100k miles. Although it's a solid car, I'm thinking about getting a used CR-V for my 16 year old daughter. For one, I like how it sits higher for a better view. Secondly, I like the fact that it has side curtains/airbags. The TL is paid off, so I'd be making payments again on the CR-V if I buy it. Any thoughts here? I know it's apples to oranges, but my main concern is safety -- and I know the CR-V is very safe. Thanks.


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  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    If you want your 16 year old to drive safe, make her earn her own money and buy her own car. She will be out there with an umbrella protecting the car from the rain. If you give her a car, she will just beat on it, and drive dangerously, because she has not had to earn the money to get and keep the car.

    Also, higher sitting CR-v is going to be more prone to tipping over if she does a sudden maneuver, like when she looks up from texting a friend on the cell phone and realizes that there is an obstacle on the road.
  • steevosteevo Posts: 383
    I am also going CR-V for my 17 year old Daughter. I am looking at pre 2004 CR-Vs. Any CR-V owners have any tip or preference on the early model CR-Vs? Any particular model I should look for? Quirks?
  • rrshinnrrshinn Posts: 16
    I bought a used 05 CR-V SE for my teen daughter in 07. It's been a great car for a teen. Excellent visibility and safety. Allready one accident, not her fault and car did has expected. Bought an 05 because I think it was the first year all safety gear was aboard. Plan on passing to next daughter as this one goes off to college in the fall. Can't think of a better car and long term it'll be hers to keep so she can start her career after college. Another reason to buy a Honda shouldn't be a problem driving an 8 year old car when she graduates. Bought a set of snow tires through the Tire Rack for the winter, living in NH.
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