2013 Honda CR-V
There are 6 user reviews for the EX-L AWD w/ Navigation trim shown below
- drives like a sedan, safe, comfortable
- rear seats not as good as previous model, blind spot enlarged
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We also have the same trim level 2010, which was the previous model edition. Here are some comparisons and general comments which i've not seen in the professional reviews.
1) Driving seat/position comfortable for self (6'1") and petite spouse to drive, though manually adjusting the driving seat is a pain.
2) Leg position is bent, like driving a van. I was concerned about this at first, since I came from sedans which have a more stretched leg, but have found it fine when we did a 450 mile freeway drive (with stops).
3) Has a good sized blind spot, so essential imo to attach blind spot mirrors to the side mirrors. I tried just about all that were available from amazon and found the 2"x2" CIPA 49404 to be the best. At night they are essentially useless. i've also owned the latest v6 accord (2013) and it has a blind spot camera located on the right side mirror that is effective at night, day time i still preferred the mirrors. I know some people say all you need to do is move the side mirrors out further but i find it disorienting not to know where the body of the vehicle is, and i think it would be hard with 2 different sized drivers. However, it is possible that the night driving issue could be solved that way.
4) I like knobs not push buttons. In my 2002 accord i could control all the a/c options without looking at the dash. In this respect honda has gone backwards.
5) The safety feature I particularly liked in the 2013 accord is the hazard beep if the car is approaching an object too quickly. I found it a helpful wake up on a couple of occasions when driving in stop/start freeway traffic. Not yet in the CRV.
2014 CRV Improved compared to the previous model (2010):
1) Modest power increase welcome.
2) Steering wheel appears to telescope further out making it more comfortable for taller drivers.
3) Faster rear seat fold, but less comfortable seating, see below.
4) Rear seat belt side anchors no longer have dangerous large plastic button. Drive onto a rough lay by or side of road parking and those babies could hit your head, as we have found out on a couple occasions in the 2010 (we padded them).
5) Placement of buttons is better, but they are still buttons.
6) Most of the tech stuff seems improved or simpler, sometimes both. The satnav is better, closer to garmin/tomtom though we still use tomtom on both CRVs because we are slow tech learners and have all our addresses in. Better location for placing tomtom next to upper lcd screen in 2014 model.
2014 CRV Worse compared to the previous model (2010):
1) Less adjustability/comfort for rear seats. One of the surprising things about both CRV models is how comfortable the rear seats are. In the 2010 model the seat could be angled back like an airplane seat and the seats slid back or forwards. No sliding in the 2014 and no longer like an airplane seat unfortunately - 2 positions and not close to airplane seat angle, gone backwards here. Probably had to be given up to enable the origami one touch seat folding.
2) Blind spot even bigger in 2014, in fact almost no point in turning around to look, totally mirror dependent which was not quite the case in 2010 model. The trade off here was for style, not a good one imho....read morehide
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- kool ride
Purchased As New
Perfect for all occasions , handles nice no blind spots good gas mileage perfect to go fishing , wish it had the rear hatch remote
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- Good gas mileage
- I don't know about the ECON mode
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I bought 2013 CR-V Exl AWD w Navigation and whole bunch of other accessories such as day night mirror, remote starter, etc.
Paid just $100 over what you can build at honda.com tax included.
The car has lots and lots of small storages along driver, and passenger side. Cargo area is big enough. The interior seems a lot bigger than what you would be seeing outside.
I was not gonna get the nav but got it because starting 2013 Honda decided to put live traffic.
I have iPhone5 and bluetooth works fine. I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about that iphone5 not being connect because it is not an issue with my cr-v.
Actual mileage that I get is around 22/28. I once got 32 going 50mph mostly down hill for about 15 minutes driving around 12 minutes. I guess it is not performing so well because it's winter time. I should improve once weather gets warmer.
Performance. Just like I've expected on a cr-v.
Cons and Complaints.
CR-V fogs up way too much on driver side during winter. I constantly have to turn defrost on and off or tilt the sunroof every 3 minutes or less.
I don't know if ECON mode really helpful. It just numbs the accelaration so that everytime I get on the highway, I turn it off at the beginning.
Cruise control sucks. It has very slow response. Say tha tyou want to cruise at 70 on interstate and you hit the set button, it never sets at 70! it always sets at 67-68 and if you want to up the speed by 2 miles, it would take you about 5-8 seconds for it to response.
If you were stuck at a slower traffic, and finally got back to a open road, resuming the cruise will just make you mad because by using the resume function at speed 50 mph going up to 70, it's going to take about 20 seconds that I rather step on the gas and reset it at that speed.
Honda should apply gaining or losing 5mph function and also should improve faster cruise reaction time.
I have a lot more to say but I shouldn't because it's going to be more like comparison in between my second car which is Mercedes C300....read morehide
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- It's a Honda
- Small stuff mainly
Purchased As New
2013 now with 2000+ mi. Other cars: Acura MDX AWD, Ford Flex AWD w turbo. Replaced 2004 Accord (fab car). I will address mostly the mentioned deficiencies in previous reviews. 1) Underpowered. Not so much. Peppy around town; passing performance above 65 mph fair-just make allowances for the 4 cyl. Trans a 5 spd, not a 6, but still very smooth. It does shift a bit in cruise control, but doesn't bother me. 2) Road noise. Yes, a little high, but mostly above 65-70 mph and then not a deal breaker.3) MPG Not quite as much as the sticker, but close. Consistently higher mileage when I actually do the math at the pump vs. the dashboard readout. Econ button just an ornament 4) No liftgate. It would be a nice feature, but...5) Overall: not as refined as our '04 Accord, but still Honda quality. Price, a 1k Honda premium I'm sure. It is a solid purchase. We actually bought this as an RV tow car, and it tows great....read morehide
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- good room for a small suv, nice style, fairly good gas milage
- sluggish terrible headlights
Purchased As New
The only reason I'm writing this review is because of the headlights. The headlights are a hugh concern and had we test driven this vehicle at night we probably would not have purchased it. Lows are too low and dim Highs are too high and dim. Buyer beware. We brough it back to the dealer and they said they tried to adjust it and basically said that we had to deal with it...but you don't....read morehide
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- Roomy, comfortable for the type model comparison.
- None noted
Purchased As New
Great crossover!! Traded a Nissan Rogue for this vehicle. Purchase was for spouse. No regrets. We have had the CR-V for 2 weeks and have driven nearly 1000 miles. Vehicle is very comfortable and all features were well thought. It is apparent to me that Honda put a lot of thought into the re-design. Very roomy both front and back seat....read morehide
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