Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
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.
The dealership definitely wanted to sell the car. They were a very low pressure dealership, and it was a good experience, all the way around. They called me twice, lowering the price, and eventually gave me more on my trade in to get the deal done. I told them that I was ready to buy "used" at another location. I had looked at two used CR-V's, one a 2009 with 11,000 miles and believe it or not, the new car, with the 1.9% financing and the price that I was able to obtain, was a much better deal.
A good friend of mine told me that with the economy, the prices of good used cars have started to really inflate. I was very happy with this buying experience with Honda.