2013 Honda CR-V User Reviews
EX-L 2WD shown
- $22,795 - $30,295
- No trim specified for this review
- drives like a sedan, safe, comfortable
- rear seats not as good as previous model, blind spot enlarged
Purchased As New
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.
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