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Old 01-10-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Honda CRV or SUVs of the Like

Hey folks,

My sister is looking for a small/mid-sized SUV as a daily driver. We were thinking of something along the lines of a Honda CRV or a Toyota RAV4. Just wondering what other alternatives are there within the same size and price range? We thought about the Nissan Pathfinder but they seem to have a funny resale price.

Some variables to play with:

1. Must be Japanese
2. Used prefered.
3. Does not have to be AWD/4WD
4. Budget of around $10K
5. Reliable and not known to have major issues (i.e. motor/transmission/suspension)

She plans on keeping the vehicle for at least 3 to 5 years so resale is something to consider as well. I'm thinking that the CRV is the best option for her but of course, we're open to other ideas as well. Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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My wife and I were looking at a 04 CRV, honestly there amazing. Only reason I didnt get it was because they didnt want my Cobalt lol

If she justs needs a DD I would go that route plus there less then 10g I think they're floating aorund the 6-8grand mark right now.

The rav's are nice but there more of an off roadish / rough roads for the first gen, 2nd gen's are expensive and it will be hard to find one around 10 grand

I know you said japanese and this is gonna sound really f'd but look into a Kia you can prolly scoop a Sportage for dirt cheap, my Mom just got rid of hers with 350,000 kms the only probelm with it was an AC leak and a bit of clutch slip (which was her fault for not replacing the tranny fluid)

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:38 PM   #3
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not sure on prices, but can't go wrong with rav4 or crv. there's also the nissan murano, toyota highlander, mazda tribute, honda pilot.

for reliable and resale...probably toyota and honda are your top 2.
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CRV would be a little pricy closer to 15k? for a 2nd gen used no? but it's certainly something you can't go wrong with,

I like the second gen Rav4's sportier looks and the trunk is really good for a car it's size, might not be as refined as the CRV last time I remembered though or as nice of an interior but styling wise is better than the CRV IMO.

The Highlander came in V6 too which is a nice engine IMO and you can pick up an 03 with AWD and V6 for around the same as an 04 CRV. and doesn't have the spare hanging off the back and the weird swinging rear hatch
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I did a quick check on the Highlander - it seems to be out of her price range. I think she can live without a V6 - there really is no need for the extra power. We found a few CRVs under and around the $10K range but if need be, my sister doesn't mind settling for an older CRV. Somebody above mentioned the Murano - although I personally like the Murano, it's a little bit out of her price range.

We'll take a look into the RAV4 over the next few days and do a comparison between that and the CRV.
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My mom currently drives a 04 CR-V. It's good in the snow with all season tires. I know this because several years back we went up to Big White resort in the midst of a blizzard. It handled well and never got itself stuck, another family going with us were driving a Nissan XTrail, and boy did they get stuck a lot...

If you are looking at the previous gen CR-V vs. Rav4, here are some things that my parents and I have found out (while shopping for our CR-V way back in '03):
- the CR-V is substantially bigger, and feels better than the Rav4, interior space is put to much better use too
- Rav4 is AWD, CR-V is "realtime 4wd" meaning that it is FWD until it detects slip, then it flips to 4WD
- because of such, CR-V is more economical from a gas consumption perspective
- Rav4 comes with a MP3 deck, CR-V is standard CD
- My dad says (since I didn't have my license at the time) the Rav4 is a pretty slow revver, whereas the CR-V really puts its power down when you want it to
- CR-V's back window is small and obstructed by the center seat, making it a bit harder to see out back
- Rav 4 feels "sportier" because it's smaller, despite the sluggish issue above
- CR-V has a higher ground clearance

Otherwise, DO NOT go for a pathfinder. my coworker owns one and he says that the gas consumption on that thing is on par with many of the full sized SUVs (ie: Suburbans, Escalades etc...)

So yes, I would +1 for a CR-V (myself being a Honda fanboy as well), but I see no problem in a Rav4 as well
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id take CRV over RAV4
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for your $10k price range, it would appear that the CRV is the only choice.
"The guy in the CR-V meanwhile, he'll give you a haughty glare. He's responsibly trying to lessen his impact, but there you go lumbering past him with your loud V8, flouting the new reality. You may as well go do some donuts in a strawberry patch and slalom through a litter of kittens." Dan Frio, Automotive Editor, Edmunds
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subaru forester.
not enough ground clearance

CRV would be ur best bet, its hella roomy in the back as well
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That was a very helpful post! I think we're going to stick with the original idea of going with the CR-V. Thanks!
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CRV +1

I bought the 1st gen of CRV after sat in RAV4. The new Rav4 is much bigger now, but back then, CRV has much more room.
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