We have an 02 CR-V EX 5spd and an 02 Accord SE 5spd (4 cyl) (the dealer loved us this year!). The CR-V cost us 28,200 while the Accord was 23,800 (both before PDI, taxes, etc.) Here are my impressions:
The CR-V seems more refined in most respects with lighter steering, tighter shifting, better brakes, nicer controls, etc. I find the new I-VTEC in the CR-V a better motor with less vibration and a flatter torque curve. The CR-V has lower gearing hence is much "sportier" around town but revs higher on the highway. The taller CR-V is nice in traffic, especially in the winter with the spray and stuff. Slightly more room in the CR-V but remember it is based on the Civic hence is only taller, really. I also find the build quality on the CR-V slightly better although the difference is minute (and subjective, I'm sure). I also believe the CR-V will get very good crash test scores considering the Civic (which it is based on) received outstanding frontal offset scores. The EX with side airbags, dual stage seat belts, etc., make it a safer vehicle than the Accord.
The Accord, however, is a better highway cruiser. The highway mileage will be considerably better (simply a smaller frontal area) and it revs 500 rpm lower at 120kph in 5th. Also, the strut front end in the CR-V does lead to slightly vague and unsteady stability at highway speed - nothing alarming but not as "easy" to drive as the Accord on the highway. The Accord SE also has heated seats and a moon roof which are nice (but the SE does not have the 6 disk changer and side airbags).
Overall the CR-V feels like a 2002 design while the Accord a 1998 design (amazing, eh?). I suspect the 03 Accord will change this.
My wife is a die hard Honda person, especially Accords. We ditched a Ford Windstar for the CR-V and she loves the thing, especially in the snow. However, she still likes the Accord (especially the heated seats). The CR-V wins her over, but barely.
In the end its a tough call. I do like the CR-V better, but here's an example of how good both are:
We are taking the kids (4 and 2) down to Myrtle Beach in March and we cannot decide which vehicle to take! The CR-V has more room and is safer, while the Accord is easier to drive on the highway, gets better mileage, and has substantially more range on a tank of gas (bigger tank and better mileage).
Remember, this compares the 4 cyl. Accord. I cannot comment on the 6 cyl. In the end I like the CR-V better, but the Accord is pretty damn good as well! It really depends on what you really want.
To #5523 - rver2 - I use a Roadmaster Sterling. It is expensive, but I love it. Hook-up is a cinch and the spring loaded feature makes it tow smoothly. I have the Roadmaster XL tow bracket, so when you are not towing you can't tell it is a "toad".
To #5524 - rsholland - The owner's manual contains instructions on running thru the gears and letting it idle in neutral for 3 minutes and take off. Again, I tow it 70mph, all day, with no problem.
Best of all, the speedo it electronic, so when you are towing, it does not register miles!
I suspect though if the comparison was between an EXV6 and an CR-V auto, the scale may tip towards the Accord since amoungst other things the EXV6 would be a more effectless and quiet highway cruiser. BTW, how did you find the highway noise level on the CR-V?
Thank you for the comparison, bfyerxa.
In Canada MSRP for the 02 Accord EX V6 is $31,100.00, The 02 CR-V EX with Leather is $32,200.00 This CR-V is $1000.00 more. To convert to the US dollar divide by 1.6 .Check at www.honda.ca for pricing and feature packages. My 99 Accord EX V6 is a fine car especially on the highway. The dealer said my CR-V will be built on Feb. 14th and should arrive here on March 7th. Any other comparison oppinions between these two vehicles are welcome.
The price difference is even more if you factor in the fact that the Accord comes with an alarm system, which will cost approx $500 CDN for the CR-V. Plus, you almost must buy the tonneau cargo cover which is another $300 or so. So for about $2k LESS, the Accord gives you V6, driver and passenger power seats, variable wipers, climate control, auto-off headlights, steering wheel audio controls, Homelink. The Accord also has traction control but I guess the RT4WD more than makes up for that. We are having a tough time deciding between the two. We currently have a '97 CR-V so we like the utility and foul weather capability of the V, but it's tough to financially justify either the EX or the EX-L over the Accord.
Since you too will be a dual owner, we look forward to your review.
We have a 99 Accord vtec 4-cylinder 5-speed Ex. Great car. We also have a 02 CR-V Ex 5-speed (Canuck version). Also a great vehicle (my sentiments virtually echo those of bfyerxa. Accord is 2 cars in 1 - a tad noisy when booting it, but fun to drive. It gets great mileage and can go about 600 km (or more) on the highway. The V revs at 2800 60mph, and about 3300 going 120 kph. I didn't crank it because it is breaking in, but the revs build quickly beyond 120kph. Despite this, the thing is amazingly quiet. I could easily keep this puppy as my own, but, alas, it is the spousal unit's. Go with the Accord if you want the sedate reliable (I have had a seat heater and 1 light bulb go in 60000km; we had no problems at all with 2000 CRV in 52000km). Accord is made in Ohio, the V in Japan (until late spring then Ontario gets only the British built ones). I may trade my accord for a Vibe, but I really am fond of it too. For a trip south with the troop, it is no comparison (to me). Load up the V and park the Accord. Despite higher revs and poorer mileage (we got 10L/100km in its first outing on the highway), it is a better family vehicle IMHO.
To me the big comparison is the '02 V 5 speed vs our previous 2000 CR-V auto, loaded. Here is how the new V blows it away.
1) Ton of torque and HP - no comparison. It just begs to be booted. Great acceleration.
2) Safety. Side bags, better restraints, anti-whiplash front seats, and it should get max. scores on offset tests etc. Older v got a 'marginal' score.
3) Roominess. We had 2 hockey bag and sticks, 1 huge suitcase, 3 small ones, and a small ice cooler neatly tucked away in back storage - no problem. I am 6'3" and can put the front seat all the way back, reclined, and then sit in the back seat with a little extra legroom.
4) 6-CD loader and tunes. Much, much better.
5) quietness. No comparison. At idle, you cannot hear it. On highway it sound like the old v at idle even though it is revving at 3000! A really nice improvement. It realy is quiet.
6) Instrument panel at night is much nicer. Includes heated mirrors and temp guage.
7) BONUS. All the V-s I looked at had those junky Bridgestones on it, but my sight-unseen V arrived with BF Goodrich Touring TAs. Same as our older V. Mileage rating is about 2x higher. Anyone have any idea why the same plant sending the identical model (Ex 5 speed) would send some with junk and some with goof tires? Weird.
Things I don't like.
1) The colour combinations. We got the red one with the tan interior. My kid spilled orange juice before I could scotchguard it to protect its 'lovely' colour. The tan really sucks if you have kids (hello Honda - how about red exterior with....wait for it....the dark interior???).
2) The gas tank seems small. I didn't run the tank down, but it seemed as though I was going through half a tank in 225km. Perhaps it has a big reserve.
3) I miss my arm rests.
Overall, the new V is a really fun car to drive and it should excel in safety. Don't believe that V-6 crap you read about in simple comparisons to the Vue, Escape, and Hyundai. The new V will take 'em all on and spit them out. It is really fast with the 5-speed.
Accord and V are both great. Forthcoming Accord may get the current Acura TL base engine (dealer scuttlebutt). If so, I will tip my hat to Nissan for forcing Honda to crank the HP up to compete.