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Pros: versatility, fits in a garage with a lot of room to spare
Advice: BUY IT!!!We picked up our 09 Element Lx 4WD over a month ago and from a first day it struck me as a very solidly build one. Let’s be honest we did not buy it because we instantly fell in love with it. At $20.650 new was hard to ignore – add a decent financing of 1.99 APR. We are well in our 30’s with a single child and we were looking for a vehicle we could utilize for more than just ride to work but also for outdoor activities: bicycling, skiing etc. My wife adds approx 20K a year to the vehicle so buying anything “nice” didn’t seem like a good and sensible idea. I have to tell you that Element surpassed so far my expectation as for the versatility and utility of the vehicle. Huge cargo room with a single seat folded you can put in anything you want . Durable rubber floor- not a carpet that you have to watch for spills and such all the time. The rear gate folds flat so you can haul longer objects ( fridges, washing machines and such, anything big). Some people complain about that it sluggish. I don’t think it is slower than vehicles out on the road – never had any problems accelerating the vehicle. The driver has a commanding view while driving . Seem to be as fast as any accord/civic (except V6 perhaps). If I want to go fast I usually use my CBR1000RR – believe me , this is fast!!!! You cannot mach it with your tin can!! So back to the Element – I f you are an active person using your vehicle for other extra activities and do not have to have every surface covered with carpet or a faux wood panels – BUY IT – IT IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED NOTHING YOU DON’T
Pros: Front seat warmers for cold weather
Cons: Honda's optional roof rack cross bars create wind noise on the road
Advice: Excellent value in the low $30Excellent value over all compared to all other SUV's that I considered, with seating for eight. The pop up rear window give you a lot of flexability to carry long objects without having to tie them down on the roof rack. After over one year of ownership, the best gas milelage that I have seen was on the road at 28 MPG when the engine automatically moves to the ECO mode and runs on three cylinders. I am averaging 18.4 miles overall. The front wheel drive is excellent in the snow. Honda's bluetooth works poorly with bad reception. This is my second Honda Pilot. I still own my first with 118,000 miles that has requred not major repairs and still runs great. This SUV really keeps its value.
Pros: The overall high quality and spot-on ergonomics.
Cons: Need to raise the driver's armrest slightly to fasten the seatbelt.
Advice: Spend more time test driving one than reading sometimes suspect reviews.I cannot fathom the other review I read here so just had to post one myself. I have had my new CR-V EX-L for about two weeks and am still amazed at it. I love it. It handles very well, has a very good ride, and the road noise is more akin to a very nice car than to an SUV. And compared to other SUV's I have driven this one has very good visibility in all directions. My daughter had an earlier version CR-V and this current one has a lot more room in it and the quality and appointments have improved greatly. Rear seat room is very good, and the rear seats move fore and aft just like the front seats, so when a taller driver like myself puts the drivers seat all the way back, a passenger behind can do the same with the rear seat. The rear seats are easy to fold up to provide max cargo room, and the volume of that is significant. My EX-L has the rear shelf that the other reviewer complained was not available, but I did a quick search and found a dealer selling them online, plus I found some on eBay. I don't think I have ever had a car with auto on/off headlamps, but honestly I have never needed them. I'm not hard of hearing so a little warning bell like this has is all I need to notice if I left my lights on. Just thought readers might want to know more about the vehicle than one person's pet peeves. I travel extensively and rent a good number of small and mid-sized SUV's. I only wish someone out there rented Honda SUV's. Boy but do I wish that!
Pros: The look
Cons: manual lights; no cargo shelf, hard seats
Advice: Don't buy the Honda CRV-LX under any circumstances.The Honda CRV-LX is a rip off! You would think that automatic headlights on/off feature would be a standard feature on all vehicles in this day/age of auto technology. However, it only comes on the EX-L package. What's even worse is that you can not purchase the auto on/off headlights package and put on your car. I have already had to have a boost off due to leaving the lights on for 2 hours. Also, the CRV has the feature for dual cargo shelf, but you can not find a dual cargo shelf to purchase. Sitting on these seats are very, very uncomfortable; it is like sleeping on a cheap mattress and/or low thread count sheets, it causes severe pain to the skin, tissue, body, and joints (causes soreness). The Honda CRV-LX is just a high price car shell; I have purchased a 2010 Honda CRV-LX that I desperately want to get rid of. If anyone got any suggestions, please email me. If you are not going to buy the Honda CRV-EX-L; don't waste your time on the LX, because they will only buy back for 1/2 the purchase price once it leave the lot. The Honda dealers offers no incentives, rebates, or deals. This was a horrible purchasing experience for me!
Pros: The color: Sage Green Metallic = B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L ! Especially with Color Matched exterior trim, rear spoiler, splash guards, woodgrain interior, fog lights, and chrome exhaust pipe.
Cons: Could use a little more power (but is definitely acceptable)
Advice: Single people and small families: this vehicle is perfect for you!!The 2010 CR-V handles excellent and is a joy to drive!! And when I saw that it was offered in this gorgeous green that no other car company offered, I bought one! Previous vehicles that I considered were: Saturn Vue, Lincoln MKX, Ford Edge, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Patriot, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Toyota RAV, and Subaru Forester.