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#606 of 3748 CR-V vs. Forester
Mar 26, 2008 (7:18 am)
After just replacing my main driver, we're in the process of downsizing my wife's '03 Honda Pilot. Two of the many crossovers we've driven include the CR-V and '09 Forester. For us, the CR-V has Honda's typical excellent space utilization and steering. On the down side, it seems to also have what's becoming Honda's trademark, we found it VERY loud. Although I can't find the right word, the CR-V felt like I was driving an old car with a lot of miles on it. I found the same thing with the '08 Accord. This is after two Accords and a Pilot since 2000. On the other hand, we found the Forester reasonably quiet and good riding, excellent visibility, along with being fun to drive, even with the non-turbo version. Our dealer only had a LLBean version and since we're not leather people, we want to check out a cloth seated model. For us, the Forester is currently our number 1 choice, followed by the Rogue. I'll keep spending too much time at the gas station with my old Pilot before we purchase a CR-V. As a side note and it may be because of a single individual, I'm finding Subaru corporate to be exceptionally customer focused and I'm looking for a reason to buy a Subaru. More later.
#607 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [rmanke]
Mar 26, 2008 (8:24 am)
Yeah, I found the Honda Odyssey had a bit more road noise than I prefer, also. It did handle slightly better than the Sienna I ended up with (mostly better steering feel), but the Sienna was more comfy and a lot quieter.
Honda could add sound insulation to the CR-V, I supposed, but it already weighs more than the Forester does.
Let us know what you end up with.
#608 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [rmanke]
Mar 26, 2008 (8:59 am)
I had a CR-V as a rental on a recent trip. In retrospect, I should have taken some time to go over it closely in order to better compare it to the Forester. Overall, it seemed pleasant enough to drive and I did find it quieter than my 04 Forester. The handling wasn't as sporty though and I still haven't learned to like the shape of the new CR-V, I strongly prefer the previous generation. The back end of the current one just looks too huge and the half-moon windows do nothing for me. I think that's a technique that several manufacturers use to try and convey a more sedan like shape to their CUVs. That doesn't work for me as I like a more squared off profile which denotes more functionality and cargo room. Oh also didn't care for the CR-V's LED fuel gauge or instant mpg readout. I prefer the mpg display on my other car as it better depicts the actual mpg avg vs the CR-Vs constantly changing instantaneous readout (I don't really need to be told that the mpg goes way down when I floor it and way up when I'm coasting)
#609 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [p0926]
Mar 26, 2008 (9:33 am)
Really, as a rental?
I've seen a lot of companies using Escapes (the really cheap 4 banger ones) and XL7s even, but never a CR-V.
Where was this? In AZ?
#610 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [ateixeira]
Mar 26, 2008 (10:28 am)
I know I was surprised to. Oddly enough it was in a podunk little airport in Alabama. I rented with Hertz and they had several other CR-Vs on a very small lot. The one they gave me only had 800 miles on it.
My parents got a base model Forester for an airport (Phoenix) rental when they came to visit last fall.
#611 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [p0926]
Mar 26, 2008 (11:16 am)
In Arizona, of all places?
Now that's just bizarre.
I know they offer Outback rentals in Colorado. That makes more sense.
#612 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [ateixeira]
Mar 26, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Not that bizarre. Plenty of people fly in to Phoenix then drive up to see the Grand Canyon and drivers frequently run into snow in the winter (there was a huge multi-vehicle pile-up just last week caused by near whiteout conditions on the Interstate just outside Flagstaff). Also, there's a number of dirt roads that lead to scenic vistas where an AWD/high ground clearance vehicle comes in handy.
Mar 26, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Lithia's 3 day trial period has passed and the XT Limited's mine for foreseeable future.
Car got its undercoating today (yeah, CU claims that is worthless and it probably is, but it wasn't ridiculously expensive and I figured it might cut down some pebble and rock racket in the fender wells, et all.). May get some clear bras and other enhancements down the road but wallet is busted for now
The '09 accessor brochure includes puddle lights.
Meanwhile the car behaved itself in Portland's latest round of storms. Only gripe is its creaking dash (it creaks when a wheel kicks _downward_ , as into a pothole or crevice ).
Heater seems to work ok though the car fogged up a bit with the AC in Auto mode (however, all I had to do was twist fan dial to high and air started moving). The Auto mode can either be full auto, or partial, depending on what portion of the system you set to automatic.
#614 of 3748 Re: CR-V vs. Forester [h2k2f2]
Mar 26, 2008 (4:58 pm)
Niche vehicle would be a car that's not meant to be a high volume car that appeals to a certain demographic. Usually it inspires a great deal of loyalty, but its more of a love/hate thing.
I think the last gen Forester fit that description to a t. The new one was designed to break out of it a little bit with the more traditional cute ute look, but I'm not sure it ultimately will.
That's right, atex...I knew I knew you from another forum...it was minivans and we debated Ody vs. Sienna. Of course, I ended up buying the Odyssey because steering feel was a big deal to me and I actually found the Ody more comfy for my 6'2 frame.
There was a bit more road noise on the Ody, but its not bad. My parents though the CR-V was worse but haven't driven an 09 Forester yet to compare.
#615 of 3748 Concentric
Mar 27, 2008 (3:03 am)
After consulting with Webster,now I know.... Thats one word I have never used!!!