Didn't want to buy a new family car, but...
So my current car, bought new in 2012 is just OK, but it's slowing sipping oil - quicker than it should. the oil light is going on at 3500 miles. Now before the old-timers chime in and say that's fine, it's not fine for a totally new, modern, car - a Japanese car at that. One of the requirements I have for my cars is to go the prescribed oil change interval without having to top off the oil (I don't think that's unreasonable). So I want to get a replacement vehicle before this problem gets to be really bad and the car is fully out of warranty.
I'm curious if folks have any opinion of Accord vs CRV. Right now I drive the hatch and my wife drives the crossover. She will be getting a hatch in a few years and I wonder how well an Accord will work as the primary family car (if I don't get a crossover).
For weeks I was 100% Accord, but the main reason I'm reconsidering the CRV over the Accord is that my driveway, two spaces side by side, is 192 inches long and the Accord is 191 inches long. I test drove and otherwise really enjoyed the Accord, but I'm wary of parking this car within 1 inch of the garage on one side, and hanging over the sidewalk on the other side.
Otherwise I like the MPG, and space of the Accord. I'm not sure if the Accord can accomodate the family + stuff in just the trunk. We're a short family, and both kids are in booster seats now.
Has anyone else been stuck between midsized sedan vs small suv?
I've owned both. A CRV is based on a Civic, so the ride will be somewhat choppier and noisier, but not awful. You should test drive one and see how it works for you. The Accord will get better mileage. Honda tends to build very space efficient vehicles and you'll likely find the CRV is near, if not at, the top of it's class for space utilization. It can carry a decent amount of luggage for it's size. That said, you may want to check out some competitor's like RAV4, Escape, etc.
I mulled this over quite a bit before finally deciding on the Accord. Thought about the CRV or the RAV. I had an Acura MDX which I love but wanted something a bit more economical for my commute but I like the utility of All wheel drive. The decision became a bit easier when my wife's vehicle died and she needed something to tote my kids around. I handed her the keys to my MDX and now I drive the new Accord. I am hoping she will like me drive the MDX when the weather gets bad. :-) The Accord is actually a bit longer then my MDX in the garage and with all my stuff, I had to kind of make room. The MDX is a bit wider. I am quite sure the CRV would be shorter still. When my kids were small, I hauled them all around in a used Acura Legend that I bought. It was roughly the size of an Accord. It was a big hassle. We finally, bought a minivan and were much happier with the space on trips. I have 3 kids. As far as trips, I can't imagine doing a family trip in my Accord. It is spacious but when we went on a family vacation, we took the MDX, which has the cargo area I need. For me a CRV would not cut it. Why not look at something larger like the Pilot? "I think your going to need a bigger boat".
Are you seriously complaining about having to add a quart of oil after driving 3500 miles??
Oh, yeah, that's a real good reason to get rid of a car!
I'm sorry, but that is perfectly normal for ANY car including the new one you are thinking about buying!