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(18,012 posts)
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 09:53 AM Jun 15

Any opinions on a Honda CRV?

We have two vehicles...a small sedan and a Subaru outback.

My wife works from home since the pandemic, and we are thinking of selling the two old vehicles and going down to one, new vehicle.

I've had 4 pickup trucks in my life, and I loved them. This was back when they were a more reasonable smaller size, with fewer bells and whistles. One of the trucks was a stripped down work truck. I also had an older Chevy Blazer that I liked because it had a tailgate.

We are thinking of getting a new truck, but I can't really justify it in my my mind. I go to the landfill maybe once a month with construction waste and yard waste, and that's about the only reason I would need a truck...so the need isn't great enough to justify the cost. I have a huge plastic bin that I throw in the Outback to do this. I can fit that bin and two outdoor plastic garbage cans inside.

I would prefer a Sedan, but need something bigger for my landfill runs.

We are thinking of checking out the Honda CRVs, since they are known for their longevity and relatively large cargo space, even though it is a smaller SUV. Anyone have any experience with them?

I guess another Outback would be a possibility, but I'm looking for something different.

Thanks in advance.

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(1,849 posts)
2. We have had 2 RAVs
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:07 AM
Jun 15

2 Foresters
The people I know who have HRV' love them
We recently purchased a Hyundai Tucson hybrid. There were no HRV to be had.

We love it.
We are getting consistently 32 - 38mpg around town
And got 30 on a longer trip

It is a well designed car for seniors


(13,076 posts)
3. I've had several Hondas. All lasted over 200k before I sold them. Buy USED
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:08 AM
Jun 15

We currently have an HR-V & like it.
But Subaru is also known for longevity & quality.

imaginary girl

(875 posts)
4. I drove a CR-V for 20 years and loved it
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:09 AM
Jun 15

I bought it 2 years old with 50,000 miles, and now my kids drive it. We are going on 300,000 miles in this year 2000 model. I loved its adaptability! When needed, the back seats can fold down for more cargo space. I had a rack on top and a hitch to pull a trailer, and it really felt like I had all my bases covered. Highly recommend!


(4,350 posts)
5. We're on our third CRV.
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:16 AM
Jun 15

The first one I traded in because I wanted back up sensors and warm up seats. Then our son needed a used car so we gave that second one to him and bought a new one in 2019. I hope to keep it a long time. I enjoy driving it and it serves me well financially, also. My only complaint is it is difficult to see over the hood, as in pulling into a parking space. Maybe if I were taller that wouldn’t be an issue. Good luck in your search.


(184,004 posts)
6. The Honda I have is the best car I've ever owned.
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:21 AM
Jun 15

Hybrid. Bought it 3 years old at CarMax. 128,000 miles and I’ve been able to do all the 100 and 120 suggested maintenance. Solid as a rock.

My mother in law and a best friend have had CRV’s for probably 20+ years each. My buddy just bought a new truck but kept the CRV. Very reliable and don’t need a lot of maintenance. Very comfortable and useful too. Higher so better visibility than a Subaru.

I’d highly recommend any Honda product.

I’ve had two mechanics tell me how solid a car I have. I overheard another talking with a customer about their car so I asked. He said to avoid anything made in South Korea “Kia and Hyundai can’t keep engines together”


(52,432 posts)
7. My daughter and I both drive Honda CRVs.
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:25 AM
Jun 15

We love them. We bought them in 2019.

I am retired and needed a safe, reliable vehicle.

My daughter works in health care at a large children's hospital, and at times pulls double and night shifts.
She had to have a reliable vehicle that could get her through snow and ice during the winter.
And not leave her stranded on the side of the road at night. She also has two big Labradors
and loves to kayak, so needed car room and power.

We like to travel and can throw every thing we need in the back of the CRV, including
beach chairs, umbrellas, luggage, dogs, etc.

If you test drive the CRV and other similar vehicles, for the price at least in 2019, it was
a comfortable, well appointed ride.

I needed the automatic tailgate door since I have back problems.
The side doors open extra wide for older people with walkers, children, dogs getting in and out.

The nav system is great, it uses Apple CarPlay, you plug your phone in and get the latest nav maps, etc.
It uses other phones as well. You have Siri in your car, and it takes voice commands while driving.

It has very nice safety features, but you can turn them off if they bug you. One is a lane change warning,
if you cross the line, it beeps.

Also one feature has saved my bacon more than once. It is a warning when you are
about to change lanes and there is a car in your blind spot. I thank god for that feature. Same if you
are backing up and there is a car coming your way.

On the down side we have had a couple of recalls, but Honda service has always been very nice
and competent. Honda service is one of the few car brands that I feel does not take advantage
of women or talk down to them.

The CRV is one of those cars that you love as soon as you drive it.
But you love it even more over time when you see how functional it is and appreciate the great features on a
daily basis.


(8,353 posts)
9. I recently suggested to Harker for his wife to test drive certified used
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 10:53 AM
Jun 15

Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-90.

Currently, the Mazda's are blowing the competition away with their ratings, that's why I got the CX-30. This one might possibly be too small for you but my savings in fuel with be beneficial for me.

Take them for all for a test drive, Lucky. You don't have to make a deal right there and then. See what you like and what you don't.


(5,572 posts)
10. I am currently looking as well
Sat Jun 15, 2024, 11:39 AM
Jun 15

I have an older Toyota RAV4 hybrid which I absolutely love.

It was a no-brainer for me to get another RAV4.

However, some supply issues for exactly what I want might make it difficult so I am considering other things including the Honda (but in a hybrid)

For what it is worth, Consumer Reports loves the CRV which is the primary reason I am considering it despite being so happy with the RAV4

I find thus class of vehicle to be a very nice compromise between being a very useful size while getting good mileage

Good luck

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