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2013 Honda CR-V Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "The Ultimate Honda CR-V Negotiation Secret")
The Honda CR-V has long been found at the top of the leaderboard in the compact crossover SUV category ... and the 2013 version offers more of the same. Even in a segment where the competition has stiffened significantly in recent years, the CR-V continues to excel thanks to its family-friendly functionality, long feature list, pleasant driving experience and excellent fuel economy.
Also hard to ignore, and not yet technically attributable to the 2013 model (only time will tell), the CR-V has a longterm and proven track record of mechanical reliability that is hard to match by others in its class (although the Toyota RAV4 also scores well here). And related to this, it has maintained above-average resale values over time, making it not just competitively priced today, but also giving it a further cost advantage over years of use as well.
2013 Honda CR-V
While the latest CR-V certainly may have a lot going for it, nevertheless, before making a final buying decision prospective owners should not only consider its appealing qualities, but measure the possible impact of its potential drawbacks as well. And if one then decides to proceed with a possible purchase, it's essential to also have a rock-solid plan for getting the best possible price (see the "How To Get The Lowest Price" link below).
Ample passenger and cargo room: Although not a large vehicle, the CR-V's clever interior design comfortably accommodates five passengers with adequate headroom and legroom. It also offers a number of convenient storage cubbies as well as a maximum storage capacity behind the rear seats of 37.2 cubic feet. This number can be expanded to 70.9 cubes by folding down the rear seat. Overall, its interior roominess is one of the largest in its class.
Excellent gas mileage: A front-wheel drive CR-V has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. Opting for a four-wheel drive model barely reduces these numbers to 22 city and 30 highway, making it the most fuel efficient in its class.
Lots of standard features: Even the base LX model is well-equipped, coming with standard features such as full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, steering wheel audio controls, a 6-inch multi-information display, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, a Pandora interface, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
Excellent crash test scores: In government crash tests, the CR-V was awarded the highest score of five out of five stars for overall occupant protection, including five stars for both frontal and side-impact protection.
In addition, standard safety features for all models include stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a back-up camera.
Available high-tech features: There's plenty of available high-tech goodies, including a Pandora interface, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio and optional SMS text messaging which allows for listening to incoming messages and replying with preset responses.
2013 Honda CR-V EX-L interior
Highly functional backseat: The rearseat is probably the most unique and functional in its segment. In addition to its very good riding comfort and support qualities, by simply pulling a strap the lower cushion falls forward into the footwell, the headrest tilts forward and the rear seatback flips forward so that the whole assembly tucks into a flat position, a very versatile, convenient and easy-to-use feature.
Pleasant but uninspiring driving performance: Most drivers will be more than satisfied with how the CR-V drives. The engine is adequately strong, the drive is smooth, the steering is precise and its overall handling is steady. That said, it really isn't engineered to be particularly athletic.
It has taller gear ratios to improve fuel economy, a 5-speed automatic transmission when most rivals have six and Honda has skipped direct injection with the CR-V. The result is a comfortable and competent drive that lacks the liveliness of some rivals, but compensates with better gas mileage.
No available engine upgrade: The single engine available is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. With a lack of some low-end torque, as compared to some competitors, an all-wheel drive CR-V can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, a bit on the slow side for a compact crossover.
For those who would like more gusto either for faster acceleration of full load hauling, there just isn't another alternative available.
No manual mode transmission: Unfortunately, those who value a more engaging drive via an auto/manual option with paddle shifters will not find one available.
Despite a segment with formidable competition, the 2013 Honda CR-V remains a top, "makes sense" choice due to a well-balanced personality that combines family-friendly utility and a comfortable ride with excellent fuel economy and more-than-likely low maintenance costs.
Others perhaps worthy of consideration would include the redesigned Ford Escape with a wide choice of engines, the feature and value packed Hyundai Santa Fe, the athletic Mazda CX-5, the refined Chevy Equinox and the tried and true Toyota RAV4.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Honda CR-V ... or any other vehicle.
Good luck and all the best,