Last post on May 19, 2010 at 12:31 AM
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Honda CR-V, SUV
#90 of 95 Re: New CR-V Owner Comments [oldcem]
Feb 24, 2010 (12:11 pm)
I think you answered your own question in your previous post. It doesn't have vairable internittent wipers or a outside temperature gauge on the base model like some domenstics. But you noted that you like hte way it rides and handles. Well, guess where Honda decided to put it's money? On the parts that count, not fluff. Honda has less fluff, because they put their resources towards suspension and steering components and chassis development.
For example while hte new Equinox is a huge improvement and very nice vehcile that rides well and has tons of standard features...more than hte CR-V, it's still doens't handle or perform lie the CR-V. It has similar interior space, but weighs almost 400lbs more. That's how you offer fluff, and come in at the same price. Using higher strenght steel and using more product development to further refine the chassis design, is how you keep the weight down and increase performance. the EPA numbers are hgiher on the Equinox, but good luck comming even remotely clsoe to those numbrs i nteh real world. they've carfeully programmed hte transmission and tuned the engine to perform well in the EPA tests. 400 extra lbs can't be ignored so easily in the real world.
#91 of 95 Re: New CR-V Owner Comments [motoguy128]
Feb 24, 2010 (9:17 pm)
To clarify - up till now my business drivers have been sedans. The last one, a Saturn Aura, drove like an Audi. The CRV does drive better than some of the sedans I've owned (a couple of Chrysler Sebrings come to mind here). However, I can't brag about the CRV's fuel economy - mine doesn't get close to its EPA rating on trips. I don't know much about the Equinox - haven't heard anything about the real-world fuel economy on them. Didn't even shop it, because wife hates Chevys.
#92 of 95 Re: New CR-V Owner Comments [oldcem]
Feb 25, 2010 (11:20 am)
I'll agree with you on gas mileage. Driving in the Northeast part of the country the hilly terrain is a killer on fuel economy. Certainly nothing like the optimal conditions where the EPA produce their gas mileage estimates.
That being said, I'm getting 22 - 23 mpg on average in mostly rural driving conditions.
#93 of 95 Re: New CR-V Owner Comments [toca]
Feb 25, 2010 (8:26 pm)
Know what you mean - I live in West Virginia. Plenty of hilly terrain to climb. Funny though - I drove my brother - in - law's 4 cylinder RAV last year across Mo. and it didn't do that great on fuel economy either.
#94 of 95 Reduce road noise on the cheap
Mar 13, 2010 (9:25 pm)
I own a 2005 CRV and love it with the exception of all the road noise. I did the following and it made a significant difference (I can easiliy talk to my wife in either the front or back seat from the driver's seat).
(1) there wasn't any sound dampening under the rear seats. I removed the seats, installed foam carpet padding, like from Lowes, and reinstalled seats.
(2) My CRV has a door seal near the outside of the door but there isn't one near the inside. Since the threasholds aren't sound-proof, the road noise comes straight through the threasholds into the car. Installing the 1/2" thick el-cheepo gray open foam stick-on door seal from Lowes (it comes in a 10 ft roll) did the trick. Install the seal on the vertical surfaces right where the inside of the door shuts against those edges.
(3) Install sound attenuating mat on the inside of the doors. This was the most expensive part ($325) since I had a local audio company do the work for me. The labor was essentially free since I would have had to pay over $300 just for the materials.
Try it; you'll love it.
I'm surprised Honda hasn't fixed this problem. It is really annoying. But otherwise the car is great.
May 19, 2010 (12:31 am)
Best thing about my CR-V is the MPG's ! 32 on the highway, 25 in the city !