Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC
Just bought a 2010 Honda CR-V. Love it so far. Had been driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which may have been the most troublesome vehicle that I have ever owned. One problem after another, that never seemed to get totally fixed. Power windows, air vents, air conditioner and heater and the list goes on.
I was looking at the Ford Edge and Escape, but decided on the Honda. The main thing that influenced my decision was the Honda reputation. Hope I made the right choice.
I test drove the CR-V yesterday. It had a nice ride to it, but the interior just felt "off" for some reason -- I know it seems like a really ticky-tacky thing, but the shifter felt like a toy or something you'd see on an 80s arcade racing game cabinet. Still nicer than the Escape, though -- which was unbelievably cramped for a car it's size (and had one of the ugliest looking instrument panels / radio/AC control I've ever seen).
If you don't mind my asking, Randy, did Honda deal or was it just "Here's MSRP, make your check out to us?" One of the reasons the CR-V has been at the bottom of my list is that I've heard Honda dealers are notorious for not dealing on price with their cars. They also really push leasing, which I've got no desire to do whatsoever.
Also, Island (or anyone else), how does AWD do in bad weather? I've heard mixed reviews from people, especially people who have owned both AWD and 4WD vehicles. I used to own a Jeep Cherokee when I was in college / law school, and I really liked benig able to just throw the car into 4W when there was snow on the roads.