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Pros: Interior is absolutely perfect
Cons: Automatic transmission is a little temper mental
Advice: Buy it! Shop the competition to make sure, but buy this car!I just purchased my new Accord Coupe EX 3 days ago; silver with black leather interior. My opinion of the car: ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! This is my 5th Honda and I cannot believe how this company started from a little baby econobox civic x-amount of years ago to this; a totally refined,incredibly well detailed, tight handling, very impressive power plant automobile (oh yeah, with a great stereo system). I owned a 97 Accord Sedan 2 cars back and I just cannot get over the night and day difference between these 2. I love it and I wish I were driving it right now. But unfortunately I have to work to pay for it. But its outside waiting for me and its friday :-) I am in my early 30's and I was looking for a car that was a joy to commute in while at the same time making the ride as enjoyable as possible. The car is incredibly tight and oh my god refined. Interior is very spacious while still offering the feel of sports coupe. Ergonomics? its a honda, and just like all the others, its flawless. I am always impressed that they are able to design all the instruments and controls so that none are obstructed from view. In-dash 6 cd changer (thank you Honda) is fantastic; no more morning radio. Volume control on steering wheel (now im getting spoiled). Power seat, sun roof and how much more nick-nack storage can you offer in a car? wow! The passenger seating is more than spacious (again, this is a coupe remember and the room is plenty). O.k. now the masculine side of me: the engine rocks! it sounds so sweet when it purs and its begging me to see what it has to offer. Acceleration? I love blowing past the dodge/chevy so-called same class sports cars. Handling: I dont know if it can be any smoother. Its just perfect. It has become clear to me that Honda held nothing back when they created this beauty. I really dont know what else there is to desire from an automobile...like I said, absolutely beautiful, in every aspect. nice job Honda!
Pros: Cruise control
Cons: Cup holder location
Advice: Get an Accord, if you can afford it.The cockpit is a little cramped, but overall this has been a great car so far. It's much quieter than one would expect for a small car. It's got good pickup and handles great. The location of the cup holders isn't very smart (they're located on the other side of the shifter.
Pros: Safety and the convience of the back seat.
Cons: No sunroof
Advice: Go for itI have been waiting to buy a mini-van; I waited on the leather seats and now I am waiting on one with a sun roof. Any chance of that happening any time soon? The Odyssey is my choice by far.
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!