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    Thumbs up Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    DH and I are in the market for something "different"- quite frankly I am so tired of my 2002 Subaru Outback Wagon I could scream....but that's another thread. Subarus are GREAT cars, don't get me wrong- dependable, reliable, great in snow, great hauling stuff, great for camping, handles well, no problems, great customer service,etc. But I never wanted it and have never felt truly like it was "my choice', ya know?

    So....on to the Honda CRV...all new for 2007- MUCH roomier, bigger engine, very nice fit and finish, "better" gas mileage- 22/28, leather seats, quiet ride, more hip room, leg room, shoulder room, 17" wheels....all in all it handled well, nice visibility all around, braking was smooth, not underpowered, 4 cyl climbed and accellerated pretty nimbly. Not at ALL like the older CRV a friend of mine has.

    Oh yes-It also has Side curtain airbags standard, stability control of some sort and active headrests in the front row.

    A great feature allows you to use LATCH in the center rear by using one anchor in the center, and one from the passenger side. (No 3 LATCH installations at a time, but 2 would be ok. ) I installed the Radian in it outboard with LATCH in about 20 seconds for the test drive. The backseat is not HUGE, but you might be able to fit 3 Radians across.

    I want it- DH wants to keep trying out more cars- including a new Subaru Outback. I WILL wear him down!

    http://automobiles.honda.com/models/...delName=CR%2DV
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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    I say this as someone who owned a Forester for seven years and now owns a Legacy: the stability control on the CRV should be a real consideration. Last time I checked, only the top of the line Outback offered it. It really annoys me that Subaru won't put it on most of their cars. I understand that driving enthusiasts don't like it, but they can always turn it off! The rest of us would like it.

    I needed a wagon that was low enough to the ground for my almost senior citizen dogs to jump in, or else I would have looked at some of the small SUVs like the CRV and the RAV-4. Did Honda ever put that spare tire inside the CRV? I didn't like the look of it on the outside. I also didn't like the tailgate opening to the side. But I know lots of people who love their CRVs.

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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    regarding the new CRV design-The spare tire is INSIDE (under the cargo area) and the cargo hatch opens UP- like the Subaru...YEAH!!!!!!!!!! I like that better, too.

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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    We own a 2001 CRV. We have DD's RF MA center with lap belt. In the passenger outboard we currently have an RF Evenflo Titan for when I pick up a friend's DD from daycare. Both seats fit nicely. I'm almost certain we could get a 3rd seat back there - haven't tried.

    Are the new CRV's bigger? They look bigger from when I've seen them on the road.

    Good luck with your new car hunt!
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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    Yes, they have more hip, shoulder, leg and head room. According to the salesman, they also added a larger wheelbase and larger wheels, larger engine and it has more cargo cubic ft. I am in love with it!!!! I think we may test drive the Toyota Highlander and the Subaru Tribeca. Even though the Tribeca reminds me of a frog

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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    Yeah what's with Subaru's new styling. Between that and them re-classifying their wagons as light trucks to dodge fleet fuel economy requirements, I'm not sure we'd buy another Subaru.

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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    Oh yeah, that's annoying about the fuel economy thing! I know that other manufacturers do it, but come on--the Outback is a wagon! Not that Subarus are particularly fuel-efficient anyway. I can usually pull off better mileage than the EPA limits by driving carefully, but I wish they could do better. A more fuel-efficient car with stability control--how hard could that be for a great company like Subaru?

    I couldn't stand the Tribeca. I didn't like its looks and thought it had lousy visibility. (I didn't really want an SUV anyway.)

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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    LOL, I saw a glimpse of a Tribeca this morning while at the Toyota dealership. The Subaru dealer is right next door and is owned by the Toyota dealer. I was chatting with a salesman while waiting for my van's oil change, and he told me he hears people describe the front grill on the Tribeca as resembling a toilet seat, lol. I could kind of see the resemblance today. I'm also peeved by car companies who try to dodge the fleet fuel economy requirements.
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    Re: Test drove the 2007 Honda CRV

    Yeah, the Tribeca is on my DH's "Will NEVER Buy" list- because of the sheer strangeness of the front- as well as the "tush". We will test drive it just for the heck of it. I am very anti- SUV (because of the fuel economy) as well as Mini-vans because I am over 40 and I do not want to succumb to the masses, LOL! For a while I was convinced we would get a Sienna. But then I saw them everywhere and realized with one kid off to college next year and only 1 child at home, what was the point? Plus, I overdosed on seeing them everywhere.

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