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You are in the Honda CR-V
What is this discussion about?
Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Car Safety, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#8182 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [baggs32]
Mar 20, 2007 (5:35 am)
Your message seemed like a good place to get some input. I am looking for a $20-24,000 SUV and I recently test drove the 2008 Escape XLT and a 2007 Honda CRV. I really wanted to fall in love with the CRV because I know it will last. Right now I'm leaning to the Escape only because of the ride. I'm 55 and I want a smooth ride. I'm in my car approximately 1:15 M-F and a smooth ride is very important. The other thing is being able to get in and out of the car/SUV comfortably (not too much pressure on the knees.Ouch!) I also found the Escape to be quieter and the two passengers in the back seat said the Escape was more stable feeling. I've never owned a Ford so I am a little afraid. However, my daughter did own a Civic and drove it until the wheels almost feel off. I may go test drive the Saturn, Mitsubishi Outlander and Suzuki. Any comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
#8183 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [kandyr]
Mar 20, 2007 (4:20 pm)
Good consumer, test drive them all and find your sweet spot.
I have done the same and end up purchasing the Suzuki GV Luxury. There is no other SUV with so many standard options and low price. For sure you can get it for about $3K under MSRP/20K fully loaded. Is not the best on gas but I'm very impressed. (best kept secret)
See specs and good luck:
Here are only the safety features
Engine block heater
4 Mode 4WD (4H, 4H LOCK, 4L LOCK, Neutral)
Centre Differential LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
Dual front airbags
Front seat-mounted side airbags
ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Centre high-mounted rear stop lamp
ESP** (Electronic Stability Program) with traction control
3-point ELR seat belts (all 5 seating positions)
Height-adjustable front seat belt anchors
ISO-FIX child safety seat provisions (2 rear)
Child seat tether anchorage (3 rear)
Child-proof rear door locks
Daytime running lights
Side impact beams
#8184 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [kandyr]
Mar 21, 2007 (12:12 pm)
What were the negatives with the CR-V?
CR-V is lower to the ground, so getting in and out should be easier than Escape.
Your definition of a smooth ride may be different from mine. I want the car to talk to me, to tell me what the road is like, what the engine is doing... stuff like that. If you want total isolation from the outside, Buick or Lexus should fit the bill here.
#8185 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [blueiedgod]
Mar 21, 2007 (2:09 pm)
We do have different definitions. I'm at stage in my life where I want a dependable engine but I'm not interested in listening to it. If something goes wrong under the hood, I hope I'll be able to tell. I don't want to know what the road is like, except for any potholes up ahead. A smooth ride for me means not feeling the bumps. As far as being lower to the ground, that's worse if your knees aren't in good shape. By the way, I drive a 1992 Buick LeSabre with all the bells and whisltes..I love it, but it's time to give it up. Getting in and out of it, even though it's not really close to the ground, can be painful at times. And, I do love the isolation it has afforded me. If only I could afford one now. I want to thank you very much for your input. It really helps to put all of this stuff into perspective. Thanks again.
#8186 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [kandyr]
Mar 21, 2007 (7:14 pm)
By the way, I drive a 1992 Buick LeSabre with all the bells and whisltes..I love it, but it's time to give it up. Getting in and out of it, even though it's not really close to the ground, can be painful at times. And, I do love the isolation it has afforded me. If only I could afford one now.
Have you priced a Buick (what would be the equivalent now to the LeSabre, Lucerne?). Maybe when new they might be out of your price range, but like most domestics they depreciate like a rock. You can probably pick up a one or two year old Buick for 60% of it's original price. Since entry to the vehicle is important what about a Buick SUV or Crossover. A used Rendezvous might fit the bill. I admit I'm not up on my Buicks.
#8187 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [kandyr]
Mar 22, 2007 (1:40 pm)
For what you looking for, perphas the Santa Fe will be the smoother ride of all....
Haven't tested the new Mitsu Outlander.
All others are a bit of bumpy due to the harder suspension. Remember that some of the Small SUVs are built for some off-roading (suzuki and others).
The Santa Fe seems to be smooth for city driving purposes.
#8188 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [kandyr]
Mar 22, 2007 (3:56 pm)
Let me chime in here. As an ex Escape owner.. My 01 Escape XLT V6 4WD lasted over 70,000 miles with no problems. I used it to tow two watercraft and visit my favorite fishing/skiing spots in the Cascade mountains here in the North West. My wife owns an 04 Mazda Tribute ES V6 4WD with over 30,000 trouble free miles and it is also used to tow and visit the Mountains for skiing/fishing. Check the MSN reliability data and it will show you the Escape is every bit as reliable as a CRV. Plus, you can actually bargain with a Ford dealer and get a lower price/financing than a comparably equipped CRV. Go with the Ford/Mazda/Mercury.. you won't be dissappointed.
#8189 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [scape2]
Mar 23, 2007 (6:11 am)
Plus, you can actually bargain with a Ford dealer and get a lower price/financing than a comparably equipped CRV.
Scape get out on the net and check your facts. Many people, including myself are successful in bargaining with Honda dealers. I bought a CR-V EX AWD with auto transmission and about $300 in Honda accessories for right at $22K. MSRP for all that was $24,362. How can you possibly say they won't deal?
#8190 of 8533 Re: CR-V vs Escape [scape2]
Mar 23, 2007 (7:34 am)
Ditto... I am in complete agreement with midwesttrader, Honda dealers will deal? remind us all they just like everyone else are in the business to sell cars. I don't really understand why people seem to take the salespersons word on price as "gospel" make offer, salesperson counters - the game begins! it's not that difficult. if they won't play go somewhere else that will. I got over $900 off our CRV EX-L just by doing this! (and this was back at beginning of Dec. '06 when demand was high & supply low) IMO you should be able to do even better now. Just my thoughts...
#8191 of 8533 Need to make
Mar 23, 2007 (10:24 am)
a correction.. my wife actually reminded me we had 75,000 trouble free miles on our Escape..