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You are in the Honda CR-V
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Honda CR-V, Saturn VUE, Car Safety, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
Jan 24, 2003 (12:31 pm)
In November, 2002 I traded in my 1998 SL2 for a CR-V EX. I too felt like Saturn had done nothing to lose my business (except for $600 worth of repair 6 month out of warranty). I was always treated with respect and courtesy at my Saturn dealer. The VUE was my second choice (my son's first). What swayed me were the safety kudos you mentioned, a tad bit better fit & finish, and the overall value that you mentioned. Don't think you can go wrong. Do some back-to-back-to-back test drives, then wait a week to see which vehicle you find yourself wishing you were in while tooling down the road in your SL2. I'm sure $ will also play a part (if it didn't I'd be in an MDX). Good Luck; I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever you choose.
Jan 24, 2003 (1:37 pm)
Better deals on the VUE right now with 0% financing.
They are both excellent vehicles and both recommended by Consumers Reports. You won't go too wrong either way.
Jan 24, 2003 (1:51 pm)
I appreciate the input. Both have their pros and cons. We'll just see which fits better.
#651 of 775 good luck shopping
Jan 26, 2003 (1:59 pm)
Let us know what u get.
Jan 27, 2003 (7:09 am)
We liked both, but in the end the polymer doors, V6 and sales experience sold us on the Vue. We also liked the Escape, but really you can't go too wrong with any of these choices. They are all good vehicles.
Mar 13, 2003 (12:39 pm)
Did you ever buy an SUV?
Apr 28, 2003 (3:10 pm)
Last Friday, I bought a new 2003 Vue Sport Plus II from the local dealer. I traded in my 1999 Ranger XLT 4 door and got a higher value for it than I could find elsewhere in the SUV market. Combine that with a $2000 rebate, plus a bargain priced special option package and it appears to be a real winner. This is a great time in the automotive market for buying. A friend bought a CRV near the end of last November. All things considered, I may have gotten the bigger bang for the buck. I am advised that the Honda is an excellent vehicle, but in my opinion the Vue is far more comfortable to drive, especially a long distance.
May 11, 2003 (8:12 am)
I test drove a CVT 4cyl Vue yesterday just on a whim. The overall experience can be summed up as "blah". Biggest criticisms? Incredibly overboosted steering (I thought the wheel had become disconnected...it was like spinning a video game wheel) and very questionable build quality. The interior design is clean but the plastics really look cheap and the unit I drove (167 miles on the odo) already had an incessant rattle somewhere up front.
The dealer really wanted me to buy the car (pushing the limits of "no hassle" Saturn dealership policy I'd say) but I think they are desperate. They had 25 Vues on the lot and only 1 other customer in the showroom...pretty dead for a Saturday afternoon I think.
The CR-V is tops on my list. It's just another well-positioned product from a car company that rarely misfires.
#656 of 775 bgabel1260
May 11, 2003 (11:16 am)
The V6 is a better choice IMO. CVT may have some issues from what I have heard. As for the VUE over all, it's selling very well and it's crash tests and reliability are just as good as CR-V according to Consumer Reports. Some of the interior plastic bits are a bit cheap though.
#657 of 775 VUE reliability
May 12, 2003 (5:56 am)
CR doesn't list the VUE's reliability as being as good as the CR-V. The VUE is too new to make an actual statement but, they predict reliability (based upon current Saturn vehicles) as average. The CR-V's reliability per CR is listed (based upon current Honda vehicles AND the earlier version of the CR-V) as above average.