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Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Car Comparisons, Sedan, SUV
#22 of 41 Re: Mini Van [bug4]
Dec 30, 2007 (7:02 pm)
Spot on...MINI VAN! Bought my Dodge Grand Caravan new in 1996. Unbelievable versatility for those with kids. It has 140K miles and as stated is not worth much to anyone but me. We are keeping it as a back up vehicle and because sometimes we just need to haul the kids friends or a few sheets of dry wall occasionally. I have owned a Jeep Cherokee and a Grand Cherokee which came and went, but the mini van rules. BTW it gets 19 mpg around town and we have hit 25 mpg on the highway (22 normal) with the 3.3 V6.
#23 of 41 Re: Mini Van [96gc1owner]
Dec 30, 2007 (7:26 pm)
I like the new Odyssey commercials that remind us how it used to be "cool" to own a van. Then they started calling them "mini" vans, which only made them sound weak and feminine. When I was young my brother-in-law had a van with wall-to-wall carpet, paneling, a nice stereo with some large speakers in back. With the side-pipes it sounded great, and looked cool too. The side-pipes were very dangerous though, I can remember burning my leg at least once while getting out.
#24 of 41 family car
Dec 30, 2007 (9:16 pm)
I thought for sure we'd buy a CRV to replace our crashed Mazda6 Wagon but the Accord is SO MUCH bigger inside. It's also cheaper and better equipped (at least on the low end, we have an LX), better MPG, and you can get a 5 speed in it (our preference.) I was sold on the CRV on paper and never considered the Accord until we got to the showroom and drove both.
We are very happy with ours.
#25 of 41 Re: family car [Sporin]
Dec 30, 2007 (9:35 pm)
That reminds me, I was test driving Odysseys, until I drove the 03 Accord. Somehow the van was forgotten after that.
#26 of 41 Re: Ford Taurus [blane]
Dec 30, 2007 (9:38 pm)
More than a rebadge, I assure you. Better ride and handling, upgraded interior, highest-rated safety, 30% more power AND improved fuel economy make this vehicle worth a look after the refresh over the 500. With largest interior and trunk space out there it's a great people mover. Not EVERYONE buying vehicles is after canyon carving and driving excitement. Some (I'd wager more) are interested in the best ride, features, and price. On those points, the Taurus delivers quite well.
#27 of 41 Re: Ford Taurus [thegraduate]
Dec 31, 2007 (8:54 am)
The interior of the Taurus is kind of strange looking (big square shaped dash with small gauges) and I'm not crazy about the exterior look either. But if interior room and trunk space is a major need, the Taurus is a good choice, IMO. You could do some ball-room dancing in that trunk. Handling, and fuel economy are probably better than any SUV with comparable interior space.
#28 of 41 Re: Ford Taurus [elroy5]
Dec 31, 2007 (8:56 am)
I agree that the interior look is... different... but it is at least quite functional if not overly stylish. Same for the exterior (although I like the "Taurus" better than the 500). For me the Taurus is hard to beat with its size and power, since I'm 6'4" - size is worth some $ to me, and worth giving up some style. The size of my Accord is the reason I'm not in a more stylish Civic Coupe, my original choice.
#29 of 41 CR-V for the wife...yet to decide on mine
Dec 31, 2007 (11:39 am)
Just test drove the 08 CR-V EX. Very nice ride and build. Excellent room and use of space on the interior. Just about sold on that car for my wife. Should be able to get the two car seats in with room for an adult between them on those few occasions that we need it.
Sat in the Accord for a few minutes and really liked it. Will have to test drive the 4 door for myself. Any thoughts on how well it would handle the snow in Boston? This being the AWD version.
#30 of 41 Re: CR-V for the wife...yet to decide on mine [eoren1]
Dec 31, 2007 (7:39 pm)
The Honda Vehicle Stability Assistance (VSA)/ traction control will be useful in Boston in winter. Some guys tested the VSA on snowy roads and it worked pretty good.
BTW, my brother-in-law just bought a second Honda CRV AWD. He was quite happy with his first CRV FWD. I bought my '08 Accord EX-L V6 and now it is sitting in the garage since my purchase. I have been driving my other "pampered" (with extra fine fragrance) Accord.
#31 of 41 Re: Need a new family car - please help me decide [eoren1]
Jan 09, 2010 (10:13 am)
I think , as others suggested, that a minivan is the way to go. Worked for us with our two kids.
HOWEVER, that being said, I would urge you to check the forums on this site about the Odyssey. We bought ours in 2000, based on honda's reputation for reliability and value. What we have found is that at 124k we are now in need of our SECOND transmission. Honda is aware that there is a problem, but will not own up to it, and their assistance is discretionary, at best.
I do not know if current models have had this defect removed, but you can rread all the horror stories for yourself, both in US and Canada.This seems to include models as recent as 2009. As the saying goes" let the buyer beware!".
I am a long time Honda buyer, but after my experience, both myself and many others will not buy a honda minivan again. In fact , I just bought an "09 accord Ex-L and to date, have had no problems, but I will keep an eye out for any postings here that indicate its time to get rid of it.