2006 Honda CR-V User Reviews
EX 4WD 5-Spd AT shown
- $8,377 - $12,653
- No trim specified for this review
- Reasonable MPG for AWD, comfortable for Driver AND passengers, 5 speed automatic very good
- Pronounced Road noise with stock tires. No Navigation available.
I purchased this vehicle in July of 2006 -- got A tafetta-white, Special Edition CRV on the very last shipment of the 06's. I test drove similar CRVs few times before I bought this one.
The VERY first thing I did was drive it straight to a local tire shop and have them put on a high-quality (low noise) set of all season tires, which improved the road noise considerably -- especially around 35-45 mph, but it did not eliminate it. The dealership was kind enough to buy back the stock tires for $39/each.
It has driver, passenger, and side curtain airbags, for a total of 6. You sit higher off the road and have a more commanding driver position (read: WAY better visibility), which is why I traded my Saturn wagon. It's easier to get in and out of for this 6 footer, and has a bunch more headroom than any Toyota. I ha(low noise) set of all-season tires. This improved the road noise cove a long torso with shorter legs. The headroom issue alone was why I couldn't consider a toyota Product. Even with a Sunroof, the Honda has more than enough.
The Mileage has been consistently in the 24-26 range for non-highway driving. You can get 28-30 if you're highway driving at or under 65 mph in favorable conditions -- closer to 26 at 75+ mph. I feel this is very reasonable for a vehicle with all-wheel drive. The 5 speed automatic aids in this improved mileage. For a 4 cylinder, it's very peppy -- though not overly powerful, and the 5 speed automatic is silky-smooth compared to some others.
Many magazine reviews comment about how ugly the Heat & A/C controls are. I haven't seemed to mind them -- though I tend to error on the side of utility instead of looks. I do wish it was available with NAV -- I would have paid for that option.
The rear storage area has TONS of space, partially to having the spare tire mounted on the rear gate, and the rear seats can fold flat to haul oversize items. The picnic table is a nice gimmick. It's neat that honda decided to make something useful out of what covers the under-carpet rear storage space. The cup-holders are much better than the prior generation CRV, because they are deeper and meant to hold a variety of cup-sizes.
A gripe about XM Radio: Some Honda models have all of the XM hardware preinstalled, others are "XM Ready". This means the radio is designed to accept an XM signal, but all of the HARDWARE is not installed. For that, you have to pay the dealership $300-$500.
Overall, the fit-and finish is much better than any car I've owned. I traded in my worn-out '95 Saturn with 207,000 miles and expect to get at least that many miles with this new CRV. My father-in-law's 91 Accord has 450,000 miles and is still running STRONG. The reliability of Honda products has always been a strong point.
I'm happy with my purchase.
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