I purchased my CRV-EXL NAV new in 2009. The CRV was my first brand-new-car purchase right out of college. I've driven the GMC Envoy (horrible gas mileage) and the Chevy Equinox (pretty powerful engine...
I purchased my CRV-EXL NAV new in 2009. The CRV was my first brand-new-car purchase right out of college. I've driven the GMC Envoy (horrible gas mileage) and the Chevy Equinox (pretty powerful engine), previously to my CRV. Though both of my previously owned American-made autos were very reliable, the styling on the interior of the CRV truly takes the cake.
The front display with navigation has saved me alot of time (and gas money) if i'm ever in a pinch and need to know how to get somewhere fast. The downfall of the navigation system is that the dealership contacts me to upgrade approx. once every 6 mos (the upgrade is not cheap) to update the maps. I wish the navigation system would just upgrade automatically for the amount of money I sacrificed to own this car. The CRV navigation screen turns to a backup camera when the car is shifted to reverse. I don't think i'll ever purchase another car *without* a backup camera again. There are A LOT of dog-walkers and children in my neighborhood and sometimes they are hard to see when backing out of the driveway. I LOVE the radio display (very large and well lit screen.)
The leather throughout the car is beautiful. The car came with the voice-control prompt (you can change the radio stations or the climate in the car without pushing a button), but I never use it (too many commands to remember.)
One mediocre downfall of the CRV is the power the car falls short of. When i'm accelerating, I sometimes feel the engine doesn't have enough power for the size of the car. But, i'm no racecar driver and i'd be getting far less MPG's with a larger engine so I deal with it.
The rear-passenger legroom is more than plenty as i've trucked a lot of adults around in my car with no complaints. The rear passenger doors open to a 90 degree angle which is wonderful for getting carseats and children in and out of.
I researched the CRV because Honda is known for reliability. This model received 5-star safety ratings, and I've always felt very safe in it. The all-wheel drive in the winter is the best thing in the world. I read a review on here in which someone stated there is a rearview blind spot problem; I have to completely disagree. I've never had a blind spot problem with this car. I think anyone that is seriously considering a crossover SUV should take this one for a ride because I think you'd be surprised!
In summation, every person that has gotten into my CRV for the first time has expressed **extreme** "oohs", and "aahs" and i'm very proud to own and drive it. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if I had the chance.