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Year / Model Reviewed:
2010 Honda CR-V EX-L
My daughter and wife are small women, and they like being up high without having to climb into the car. They like being seen in the car, since it looks a bit upmarket. The car is small and easy to drive around the city, and park. The brakes are good, and seems to be well engineered. It handles well, and drives the same at 50 Kph as it does at 140 kph. Stable in winter, competent on cottage roads.
Really, really, really crappy ride. All you ever think and feel when driving, is why does this car make such a fuss about the road. It gives me a headache to even just go to the mall. Ottawa Canada has really bad roads, and this car is crap to drive. I hate driving an hour down the highway. I have given up going up to the hills, or away for the weekend, the car is such a pain to be in. I used to camp, ski, drive to other cities, birdwatch, and just explore the country side. Not anymore with the CR-V. Its a miserable experiance. The seats and steering wheel are too small. The suspension is so stiff that all you ever do on any drive, is endure the road with jolts to your neck and back, and jiggles that make your temples throb. I thought suspensions were to insulate you from the road. This car thinks you're in a rally, and makes you feel every rut, bump, dip, crease, crack, and expansion joint with a jolt, twist or pitch. The road noise is like there is no bottom in the car. Glad as hell to get out of the exhausting horrible ride. I gave the car to my daughter, to go with her high heel boots, and too tight jackets and "who cares about the damn car anyways" attitude. I'll just take the bus, and walk the dogs in the neighbourhood, thanks.
Really crappy ride ruins everything else about owning and driving this thing. Maybe this is the cute-ute experiance, but you can have it back. My next car may have all wheel drive, but it had better have highway manners. The CR-V may be fashionable, but it sure is a rotten way to get anywhere.
Similar Products Used:
3 Toyota Camrys, 2 Jaguar sedans, a Volkswagon and even a Ford Mustang. Maybe these aren't compact utility cross overs, but I'm sure other companies can make something more pleasant than the CR-V.