2008 Honda CR-V Standard 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
It's a car
Carpet near backseat is showing signs of wear already (1 year use).
I purchased this car to lower my running costs (Landcruiser Prado Diesel).
Unfortunately, I am disappointed with the fuel economy (11L/100km) of this much smaller car (I know, it's no diesel). Service cost is quite high also.
Good stereo system.
Thai built, but still Japanese quality, so no complaints there.
Suspension is pretty hard, so be prepared for a bumpy ride. Overall driving/feel is good.
Plenty of space (even compared to Prado).
What really disappoints me with this car is the manual gearshift. It feels very jerky, to the point where I don't enjoy driving it. Honda dealership is aware of this, but all is "within specifications".
Happy with this car, in that it will likely keep getting me from A-B without hassles for the remainder of the 3 year lease, but that's all for me "just a car". Not the driving pleasure I have experienced with other cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th January, 2010
20th May 2011, 06:56
Honda's are poorly made, and these SUV's are certainly not an SUV that people would expect from its name. A lot of cabin noises and rattles, and a gear shift issue was their problem from a very early stage, and still seem to be struggling to solve this. I have faced these issues with Civics, and even the new Accord. Toyota, Mazda or Nissan would be my preference any day over them.
Cheers for the nice feedback though. They do look nice, but don't drive the way you would expect.
15th Oct 2015, 03:32
I'm looking at buying a CR-V. It would be my third Honda, currently running with a Mazda. My first one was an ED Civic, which I loved to death and then had to resuscitate. My second was a DC4 Integra... which I loved even more. Everything was perfect and built well with both cars, barring one very important thing; the gearbox. It was always in the back of my mind; the stiff changing. Toyota and Mazda make a really nice clicky gearbox, but the Hondas are lacking; feels like I'm trying to force it in against its will. I never liked it, I love everything else about both those cars, but the gear changes are such a big part of driving, that if they aren't enjoyable, then what's the point.
Honda can't make an automatic transmission to save their life apparently (I don't know, I never buy autos) so it's really irritating that we have a really nice, gorgeous (I bought early 90s, their post 1997 styling has gone from bad to worse) car with near perfect reliability, that drives smooth and sweet, but when it's time to change, grrrhhe... dammit.