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Pros: Interior Space
Cons: Radio is a bit far to reach and obstructed by auto shifter
Advice: Get the EX!! Excellent small/medium SUV!!We have had the new CR-V for 6 months. It's been great and trouble free. I have been getting about 24 mpg with my automatic. Love the roomy feeling on the inside. We've tried its real time 4x4 on soft dry sand, mud, small stream, snow, and rocky trails. It works beautifly. Bigger tires would have been great. Power is more than adequate for most people. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a little more power. It handles just like a car. Hope this is helpful for somebody!
Pros: 6 speaker/CD system
Cons: No lumbar support in drivers seat.
Advice: Move up to the LX with more features but not that much more money.The Accord performs reasonably well for its class although the engine in the DX doesn't have a lot of acceleration through the gears.
Pros: 127 HP engine
Cons: Lack of bodyside moldings
Advice: 4-Door Civic EX Coupe -- has bodyside moldings and more headroomThe Civic 2-Door EX coupe is a blast. Lack of headroom in EX (moonroof lowers roof) is something to watch for folks over 6 feet. It's unclear why Honda does not put bodyside molding to protect the 2-door coupe from dings. Dealers seem confused as to whether it's available. Engine is a little revved at 65-70 mph highway speed. Car's safety rating is excellent. I knocked the comfort due to headroom problem. Otherwise, excellent. I knocked the quality because they MUST have bodyside molding on these cars AND the gearing needs to change to reduce engine speed on highways!
Pros: Handling and Power
Cons: Position of automatic trans shift lever--but being picky about it!
Advice: If you are in the market for a small sport-ute, look at the new CR-V!If you are looking for a great little sport-utility, grab one of these! My wife recently took delivery of a 2002 model, and since driving it, I have been trying to get her to swap with me and drive my larger 2001 SUV. No way, she says! I have never seen a small sport-ute that I would consider taking on a long road trip until now. Handling is excellent and power is right-on for its size. Honda has a winner in the 2002 CR-V!
Pros: Interior Comfort, Performance
Cons: Styling is rather uninteresting
Advice: Shop around - these are a commodity, and you can get good dealsVery comfortable, performs well (it's not Ferrari, but it'll merge beautifully, and is very happy at speeds a lot higher than the Mass State Police will ever allow), and it was a darn good deal. I'm happy with it. My dealer treated me very well, and sells them at a flat $200 over invoice, fixed price.
Pros: Excellant fit and finish; and materials for $26,000.
Cons: Vanilla styling.
Advice: Don't believe everything you read from such rags as 'Motor Trend' magazine. You will only need an afternoon of test driving to understand that for $5,000 less than the new Toyota Camry you get so much more.I had purchased a 2001 Accord EX w/leather and kept it for about 9 months. Traded it in for a 2002 Accord EX V-6 w/leather. Both cars are well balanced machines. Predictable handling, ample brakes, good comfort for a commute or short day trip, and enough power to get you down the road. If you can part with 3-4 mpg, than the V-6 is certainly the way to go. Obviously better acceleration with the 50 additional horsepower.
Pros: Reliability, Looks, Comfort, Safety, Gas Economy
Advice: You only live once. It’s a great car. Your worth it so buy it.The Honda Civic LX is the standard that all compact cars in futility attempt to reach. I’ve shopped and researched extensively with Hyundai, Dodge, Ford, Daewoo, Kia and Toyota. With the exception of the Toyota all the rest are throw away cars with so little safety and resale value it just didn’t pay to buy. For the price of the Toyota Corolla stripped I got a standard Honda Civic LX with side air bags and power everything. From the cost, to the great interior controls, to the comfort, to the looks to the handling, Honda is in a class by itself. I’ve been driving small cars for close to 27 years. I know what economy “Tin Can” cars feel like. The Honda takes the bumps extremely well, goes up hills with absolutely no problem, passes easily, looks beautiful and is inexpensive enough to be affordable to the most cost discerning buyer. It’s a quiet car with low noise at high RPM. When its idling you can’t even tell its running it’s so quiet. From the sound of the doors closing to the instrument panel, it’s all quality, quality, quality throughout. Do yourself a favor if shopping around in the $10,000.00 range and spend a few more thousand to get a truly remarkable work of craftsmanship. The money you will save when your Honda is still humming at the 200,000 mark will make it worth it.