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Honda CR-V Likes and Dislikes



  • Did you try your brights?
  • Yeah, they seemed to work fine but there usually aren't enough gaps in the traffic that allow you to use them for more than a few seconds
  • I bought my car after two weeks of researching mostly about safety (and price) . I also needed a car bec my 96 Mercury Sable wagon was dead and the rental car was getting expensive. I had pretty much decided from reading and talking to others that the CRV LX 2WD was my choice . I have to admit that I loved the test drive so much (and shopping when I was tired) I didn't REALLY look at some things,
    The dealer agreed to throw in a free "cargo cover" but I think he meant cargo shelf which I don't need. so first problem is that the :
    a) cargo area does not have a solid bottom,esp by the backs seats when they are folded up
    b) I have dogs and they are always crated. In years past I have ALWAYS taken my crate with me;of course I did not this time. So yesterday, I put a blanket down over the cargo area and put in my medium sized airline crate for my dachshund.
    Well, bec the configuration of the rear of the cargo area is so weird,I couldn't swing open the crate door. I had to put the back seats up (Right and middle) to leave room
    c)then I started to drive and heard an AWFUL noise, I couldn't figure out what it was but when I got home. I realized that the seats had fallen down. Apparently there is a latch and you have to hook the seat to stay up. For a person with arthritis ,this is not just difficult but a nuisance.
    d) the small driver's side back seat is really small and not flat enough for a dog to sit (my other dog is an English cocker spaniel). So I put my dog on the floor in the back but he ended up trying to squeeze up front between the two front seats (I had the console folded down to put my purse there (like that but can't have cupholders up)(and I like the arm rest).
    I'm already concerned that I really needed a station wagon. I am holding my breath to see if my larger crate will fit in the car or even a second one as my two dogs prefer to travel separately. Altho I don't like them, I could buy a car seat for my doxie for the back seat

    e) re the absence of a vanity light: the reason I was given was that you shouldn't look in the mirror when you drive!! However,when you turn on the ceiling light,you can see OK.
    f) I rode past a site where a building was being completed. When the pebbles hit the underside of my car, I couldn't believe the noise! (can you tell I miss my wagon???)
    g) I do not believe there is a button for the radio that allows you to balance the speakers,ie sound coming from left to right (maybe bec it's surround sound????) I am not an audiophile, but I am partially deaf and not being able to balance bothers me.
    h) I hope I never have an obese passenger in the back seat,esp on the left side
    i) I agree that rear visibility could be better,it is adequate and there is a fish-eye rear-view mirror at the top between the visors.that expands your view out the back
    j) I can't find a button to bring in outside air to ventilate the car i/o recirculating inside ( haven't read whole manual yet)
    k) it is a little hard to put the rear seats up from the driver's side,ergonomicall yspeaking

    Warning for buyers getting quotes (probably should post this on the pricing forum)..ask what "appearance" or other package is on the car. Even tho the websites show no options available,the mudguards,wheel-locks and pinstripe =a $595 addition to the price (I got this down to $100) They never tell you this with price quotes.

    I also opted for the extended warranty and got the Honda warranty and "gap" coverage. That was 1375 for the 80 month,75,000 ext warranty and a $500 gap policy (I will be getting that money back bec I am paying off the car before the first payment.) The smarmy finance guy sells the warranty.He tried to tell me that it allows for free diagnostics at the Honda dealership,whereas if you go to your local mechanic,it will cost $100. I think this is BS. Maybe you could shop warranties but the Honda warranty (supposedly better than the other one available at dealer) does pay $100/day for trip interruption due to car repair and $35/day for rental car for 6 days (I think 6) and other things,but that may not be unique. This added two "payments",but again,that isn't going to apply for me.

    I agree, fog lights would be a nice option as would tinting of the windshield (for sun). I probably will do that separately.

    This is the most expensive car I ever bought and to think I am nitpicking makes me crazy.. I hope that the increased safe feeling I get in the car and the fabulous handling will start making me LOVE the car. I also like the ease with which the hatch goes up and down. A short-person's delight.
  • me again. I forgot one other thing (B.I.O.N.)..
    no heated mirrors on EX! Amazing!
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    I agree that the CRV needs a flat floor. Maybe mmc or next gen. I would see if you can get the 1300 warranty money back. I never buy extended warrantys.....It's a Honda!!!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    no heated mirrors on EX! Amazing!

    Mine does, and I have an 05 EX 5 MAN :P

  • I may have messed up. I have a 2008 CRV-LX
    Geesh. Sorry for the confusion but I still am glad you got me thinking about the extended warranty. I can get the money back . Anyone else have thoughts about that
  • Reading the manual is crucial. You would have known about having to latch the rear seats to keep them in position when folded up as well as about the stereo balance and the recirculation vs bringing in outside air. From the list of other "shortcomings" you found, it sounds like you could have benefitted from some additional research and additional test drives of other makes and models. Having said that, I think you will truly come to love your CR-V. This is my 4th Honda, and the affection (yes, I said affection) for all of them has only grown day by day.

    Not speaking to your post specifically, but in general I don't understand why people spend $24k on a car without doing enough research to know which features it does or doesn't have. Granted the way Honda packages options together to keep costs down make it hard to pick and choose exactly what you want. Sure I would like heated mirrors. I would pay $200 for that option. But I wouldn't pay $2000 for heated mirrors with leather heated seats, an upgraded stereo, a center console and a navigation system JUST to get heated mirrors.

    I love my EX AWD and it has everything I wanted in a car. But I knew what I was getting when I drove off the lot, down to the horsepower, torque, gas tank size, cubic feet of cargo area, and stereo.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Thoughts on an extended warranty. First, read the coverage that came with the car. While general coverage ends at 3yrs/36k, more expensive drive train components are covered longer.

    How long do you intend to keep the car? How worried are you about a big repair after coverage ends? Before buying an extended warranty make sure you understand just what above and beyond standard coverage you're getting for your money.

    In general, extended warranties are big profit items for everyone except the buyer. But, if you're worried about a large repair bill, they may be worth the price. If so, shop around, bargain with the dealer. Their first price is never their best price.
  • I opted to purchase the extended warranty on my 03 Accord and it paid for itself when the A/C compressed died last summer, which led me to decide on purchasing another extended warranty for my 08 CRV. It's definitely a personal decision, and lzc has made some good points. Keep in mind, the pricing/terms of the extended warranties through Honda are negotiable (atleast in my experience)...

    One gripe with my 08 EX-L...where are the auto-off headlights?!?!
  • There ain't none.
  • I have been researching vehicles with the intention of buying one in early 2009, which will probably be one I will drive for at least 10 years. At this point I am pretty sure I want the CR-V, and I think I want the EXL with navigation. I do wish it were a hybrid; I drove and liked the Civic Hybrid, but do not really like a regular passenger car.
    I'd like to know what other CR-V owners really like and what they dislike about their Hondas.
  • We bought an 08 EX-L with NAV.

    Added the fog lights which really kind of "finish off" the front exterior look not to mention the added functionality.

    The only dislike: the driver right side and the passenger's left flip down armrests. They are 6 to 8 inches too short.
  • mtwalitmtwalit Posts: 12
    I have 2008 LX:
    Likes: secure feeling while driving .Safety was the most important thing to me bec I had stopped driving long distance or in bad weather. Now, I've already taken my first road trip (3 hrs each way) with rain on the way home and I felt safe.Tires feel "stuck" to road.Very responsive handling;dashboard controls easy to see; I happen to like driver's seat but it is firm;love the ease with which hatch opens and closes (I am short) (however if it has rained make sure you stand well under the hatch or you will get wet when it opens)

    :(are you ready?)
    The thing I dislike the most is how the back seats fold. First you must pull straight up on a ring which requires some effort(not strength but positioning) and then you need to use small pull straps which are awkwardly located in the middle of the seat . And THEN..once the seats are folded,you have to hook them to the back of the front seat and I HATE how hard it is to do. I have arthritis and trying to get the thing to snap into place had led to much cursing. So the seats stay folded unless I have passengers. (and better learn how to find and hook up seatbelts for rear passengers or your trip will be delayed. Thank goodness for a smart nephew or we never would have made our dinner reservations on time) Now I just have to figure out how to unhook them
    There is not enough storage space/cubby holes;side view mirrors have no defrosters like my 10 year old car did and windows can't be cleared of rain by putting them down then up again.;decreased rear visibilty esp w passengers in back; I take headrest off the driver's side seat in the back when no one in car; outside air vent is always on and noisy if not adjusted;no light w vanity mirror altho there is a light you can turn on to the right. Only light that comes on w door opening is light on ceiling;not light between visors. Arm rest is short but ok for me but hard to reach for to fold down while driving. My dogs ride in crates in the cargo area but a small dog loose in back seat area can easily come up between the front seats.Back seat is kind of shallow for a big dog. Also, unless back seats are folded, it may be hard to swing open the door of a dog crate bec of weird shape of cargo area. Tires are a little noisy but acceptable (this is not a luxury car after all).It is a little hard to adjust the temp controls;always tends to be a little too warm. OH..and altho I have only had the car three weeks,the check tire pressure light is on and the tires are fine so I already have to go into the dealer.
    I don't know what it is with this car. I just don't love it yet.I don't recall taking this long to "feel at one" with a car and this is my 5th car in 35 years.
    I'm not saying I wouldn't buy the car,but had I had more time to shop,the backseats would have been a deal breaker if I had found a comparably safe and comfortable car.
    Good luck!
  • mtwalitmtwalit Posts: 12
    I spent most of my time researching safety and talking to several others who had purchased the CR-V but I read descriptions of all the models.. My car was dead ,I was dealing with some other family issues and I was driving a rental car to get to dealers,.
    I know that on every car there are little quirks and I have to admit when I took the test drive I loved the car and sort of didn't want to find reasons to dislike it. I had to buy a car that day..Also, I didn't read the manual till after I bought the car. The salesman showed me how to fold the seats during the test drive but never mention or explained how the seats need to be attached.I also was originally going to buy a used car and only toward the end of deciding what to do did I opt to buy a new car.
  • cc150cc150 Posts: 7
    Well I have owned my 2008 CRV LX for 1 week, 3 days. Its your basic car. Overall I am pleased with my purchase. It was less than my 97 Rav4 10 yrs ago.
    I don't like that there is no outside/inside temp, how much could that have cost them to add? Why no RDS on the radio? I haven't played with the seats in the back. My 2 german shepherds are not going in there for a while. One will be crated and one will have a dog pad to lay on.
    I like the folding cup holder & cup holders in the back. (remember my last car was a 97 rav4), The rear seats move up for more cargo space.
    I like the console. The MPG gauge, the 2 odometers and stuff.
    The stereo is nice and no complaints with only 4 speakers. I do find I have to reach for the radio, but I think that will just take time to adjust. I do use the back alot and just use the unlock on the key to open it, hasn't been a pain or bother thus far. I tend to keep my keys with me at all times, just in case.
    I like the look better than the box look of the 06.
    It's more powerful than what I'm used to so I can't complain there either. Driving up the hills of Oakland to visit the folksi s a breeze where before I had to use over drive and 2nd gear.
    If I had the money I would have bought the EX, but alas, I didn't and I'm ok with what I have, no regrets. I plan on keeping this longer than the Rav4.
  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 194
    Give it at least a few more months and you will find more likes and dislikes.
    It's really 3 odometers trip A, trip B and the normal. For me one trip odometer is sufficient.
    The gas gauge is very hard to see during average sunny days you almost have to go under a bridge or pull over.
    Living in the midwest It would be nice if there was a low washer indicator and a bigger reservoir instead of some other useless jumping bar graphs.
  • I bought 2007 EX-L with AWD in May 2007.

    Leather is a nice upgrade bringing the interior to a near luxury class compared to cloth. I have received compliments from discriminating riders who hop in and comment on how nice the interior is. The are surprised that it's a Honda.

    MPG is good for a vehicle in this class. 22 around town/ up to 30 for long haul.

    Heats up fast in the winter.

    AWD has proven very useful and effective in current semi harsh Michigan winter. Took it north for deer hunting and it handled well on all of the two tracks, hay and corn fields. We've had 1 snow storm per week and I look forward to going out and being the first on the road!!

    The rear seat was wide enough for for a rifle and bow case to lay flat on rear seat. The rear cargo area carried all luggage, two large cooler, sleeping bags, food, and other supplies. I was thinking I would need cargo carrier to manage the load. I was planning a tow hitch for one of those racks and do not see the need.

    Stereo kicks. Auxiliary input for IPOD and Cellphone MP3 Player works great.

    Cheap maintenance. Paid 29.00 in the first year for oil change and tire rotation + inspection.

    The side profile is attractive.

    My other car is a 2007 Suburban. The wife and 3 kids can fit and ride comfortably in the CR-V for most around town stuff.

    The rear and front profiles (appearance) weaken the look of the vehicle. As I see more of them on the road, I am getting more used to it. Far better looking than some of the other small utes.

    Floor mats disintegrated in 5 months

    Accelerations is fine, but not great. (I should not have driven the V6 Rav4.)

    The rear lift gate is awkward, but creates a big opening. I would rather a US curb side swinging door like the old model. I park in a garage and toss cargo in the rear since the tight space in the garage does not allow me to open the rear driver side door very easily. Opening the rear door to quickly toss backpack, gym bag, etc... in is getting old.

    In summary, I paid invoice for the car so I cannot complain. I wanted either the CR-V or the V6 Rav4. I liked the Rav4 for the power, ride, rear door and it's tougher look. I didn't like the spare tire on the outside. The Rav4 was about 4 grand more and I feel good about my decision. I started with the BMX X3 but the price, premium gas and maintenance cost were out of this world...but it did have the nicest "look". I plan to keep the CrV until my daughter goes to high school in 6 more years so and then I'll get a hydrgen powered whatever that drives itself (and has an iphone interface).
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I can't find the perfect vehicle under $25K. For some reason, they all put some annoying flaw in all their cars. Some are so close, but they just had to screw something up.

    They CR-V has those thin little uncomfortable flip down armrests, a lot of road noise and no bluetooth. The RAV4 has a 4-speed auto and rear door that opens the wrong way for the US.
    Rogue doesn't have bluetooth unless you get AWD.
    Cars like the Matrix get pretty poor gas mileage for how small they are. I'd like significantly better fuel economy in something that small.

    The bluetooth is the easiest to fix aftermarket, but you can't change the RAV-4 door or the CR-V armrests. It was a stupid decision to not have a center console with padded armrest and storage.

    I'm not sure your pillow solution would work for long. The pillow may get in the way and/or be too low to rest your elbow comfortably.
    I'd like to see pics.
  • I own a 2002 2.4 litre RVI that I used to drive at work.
    Work didn't want it, so I jumped at the chance to buy it, in hind-sight, I'm glad I did.
    Sure, it has 274,000 km's on the clock, but being a company vehicle, it was serviced every 3 months, without fail.

    This is probably the most fuel-efficient vehicle I have ever owned, I don't seem to be filling this vehicle up as often as I was with the last vehicle I owned before it and with the price that fuel is over here, that is a real bonus.


    The steering is a little "touchy" for my liking, I have got used to that though.

    This vehicle has a tendency to lock itself, in a matter of seconds, after you get out of it, regardless of wether you have the keys in your hands or not.
    This has caught me out at least twice since I've been driving it, it's another thing that I have learned to live with.

    The jack that came with the vehicle is practically useless, especially when replacing a rear wheel.

    You can't turn the electric seat heaters off during the summer!

    This vehicle would rule if it had a 6-speed manual transmission (it has a 5-speed manual box).

    The parking brake is in an awkward position, when you consider that most other vehicles have the brake handle between the seats.


    This vehicle hasn't used a drop of oil since I bought it and yes I do know how to check my own oil.

    You can damn near chill beer with the air-con, during the summer.

    I find it very easy to park, even in the tightest of spaces.

    The factory radio/CD player gives very good audio quality, if you have a play with the settings.

    Mike T.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    This vehicle has a tendency to lock itself, in a matter of seconds, after you get out of it, regardless of wether you have the keys in your hands or not.
    This has caught me out at least twice since I've been driving it, it's another thing that I have learned to live with.

    You can't turn the electric seat heaters off during the summer!

    You must not be in the US or you have aftermarket Alarm and seat warmers. USDM CR-V did not have either of those standard from factory.

    The factory heated seats on the Canadian, and 2005-2006 USDM CR-V's do have an on/off switch on the dashboard, by the steering wheel.
  • suvsuvsuvsuv Posts: 5
    My dislikes:

    The wipers are bad in so many ways: The controls are the worst I've ever encountered. You can't tell when they're off...The rear wiper always operates (in reverse) if the wipers are activated; even on delay and even when the rear is switched "off". I hate that.
    ...They have been awful in the winter--the passenger side wiper never heats-up; it's useless.

    The tires, like with most of these cars, are ineffective for winter driving. The manufacturers always stick us with soft tires/light tread. (EX/AWD)

    I would have bought a Sante Fe to get what I really wanted (incl. a 6 instead of a 4), just couldn't deal at all with the dealer. This vehicle is good quality, but overpriced.

    I'm heading toward a Subaru or Nissan next time out.
  • Bought mine in late November and have enjoyed it for the most part. Here are my minor grips:

    Arm rests are not long enough. I could use another inch or two.

    Could also use a couple more inches of legroom for the driver. Not sure if this is because of the powerseat or if they all stop just a little short. I am not the primary driver, so I can live with it.

    Wish there was a remote hatch release from the driver's seat or a power hatch.

    I would like to have all the doors unlock when I turn the car off. Kind of a pain to get out and then realize everyone else is still locked in.

    Cream leather shows dirt way to easily. I am concerned about how well it will clean.
    The all weather mats also show a lot of dirt and scuff marks.
  • richk6richk6 Posts: 87
    I would like to have all the doors unlock when I turn the car off. Kind of a pain to get out and then realize everyone else is still locked in.

    One of the auto unlock settings (There are five) is all doors and tailgate will unlock when the shift lever is moved to the park position.
  • I was going to ask about that when I took it in for the first oil change.

    Another complaint is that the dash lights up when you start the car but it does not have auto-headlights. My wife got stopped the other day for not having her lights on. The driving lights are almost as bright as the regular headlights so it is hard to tell when driving.
  • richk6richk6 Posts: 87
    I was going to ask about that when I took it in for the first oil change.

    It's in your owner's manual, and so is a page of instrument panels indicators, one of which is "headlights on".
  • My wife has an 08 EX-L which we purchased in May of 08. She loves the car and I find that I am basically happy with it but I agree fully that no auto on/off headlights is something that should be fixed. I mean, really. We had a 03 Pontiac and I have an 05 Dodge truck and they both have auto on/off headlights. Surely Honda could figure out how to do this with $10 of electronic gear.
  • bvf925bvf925 Posts: 12
    My 2005 CR-V EX locks on me too if I don't open the door within so many seconds after hitting the unlock button on my key. I guess it's a safety thing.

    I like mostly everything about my CR-V with a 5 speed manual (last year of the manual) - especially for the fantastic gas mileage. It has lots of power, roomy interior, tons of standard features, stock 6cd 6 speaker cassette stereo, power sunroof, intense heater, smooth ride, and comfortable seats. I am the original owner with just under 60,000 miles on it.

    However, I am not impressed with the AWD at all. It's always a day late and a dollar short - completely useless. It's fine if you are on flat surfaces where the front wheels do all the work, but up here in the hills where I live, it can't get out of it's own way. I can't tell you how many times i've gotten stuck - and even in my own driveway. My Subaru was fantastic in the snow, but this CR-V is lousy. I do not feel confident with it at all in the snow. :(
  • denver5357denver5357 Posts: 319
    Wait - so your wife was driving with daytime running lights on, lights that are made to be on for daytime use, and she was stopped because she didn't have the full headlights on? I don't understand. Are daytime running lights not legal enough?
  • denver5357denver5357 Posts: 319
    Yours is a 2005 ... I assume some improvements may have been made since then?

    Many of the situations you describe are one where any vehicle would slide. We had a 2007 Outback and it fishtailed in gravel as well as in piled up, loose snow (even with the improved tires I purchased).

    I'm intrigured by your comment because I have seen and heard many anecdotal comments about how well the CR-V does in snow on hills. Yours is the first I have seen that disagrees. I also wonder about the AWD system that comes on ... is it effective vs. a full-time system like the Outback?
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