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How's the AWD on this new generation CRV? Is it adequate with good snow tires?

I've heard that the generation before had very weak AWD system but apparently they've improved.

I'm torn right now between CRV and Forester XT.

Forester is quicker and has much better AWD system but CRV is cheaper and ticks pretty much all the boxes for me.
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How's the ACC with LSF on the new CRV?

Also, how is the CVT?

Most Honda's come with CVT now and newer ones have the low speed follow, which is interesting.
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viper791 wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 5:57 pm
Hi FilaGuy, I am also looking to buy either a 2017 or 2018 CR-V EX. would you like to share your deal with us. how much over the invoice price you paid. Dealer / salesperson, if finance, what was the rate. your Final on the road price.
Please PM me if you like.
Would love to know also. Might be pulling the trigger tonight, dealer offered invoice +720 so would be good to know what others are getting.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 9:55 am
How's the ACC with LSF on the new CRV?

Also, how is the CVT?

Most Honda's come with CVT now and newer ones have the low speed follow, which is interesting.
I don't have ACC or LSF but the cvt in the crv is very good. It's quiet when not under load and throttle response is pretty much instant since no downshifting. Stomping on gas or going up a hill hard will produce noise tho....but that may also be symptom of a small engine. It took me a while to get used to the car not downshifting. Thought I was going slower than I actually was. It's pretty smooth. I prefer it to a regular automatic.... I had a 4 speed in my old Mazda 6 and the gear shifts were super rough
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Thanks Joe. Does your CRV have the 1.5T or is it still the naturally aspirated?

If I can't afford the new Accord used, maybe a used 2016 or later Civic 1.5T will do, lol.

Good thing Honda seems to have sorted the CVT mess in the 2013/14 Accords.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 11:16 am
Thanks Joe. Does your CRV have the 1.5T or is it still the naturally aspirated?

If I can't afford the new Accord used, maybe a used 2016 or later Civic 1.5T will do, lol.

Good thing Honda seems to have sorted the CVT mess in the 2013/14 Accords.
Yeah i read a lot about the CVT issues in older crvs as well and i drove the nissan rogue with the cvt. Thankfully the new CRV doesnt seem to have any of the same issues as the old models. and it is lightyears ahead of the rogue's awful CVT. the Rogue just drones on and on.

Im from canada so i have the 1.5 turbo. All canadian CRV's come with the 1.5 turbo....only the LX trim in USA has the 2.4L NA engine
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joe047 wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 11:10 am
I don't have ACC or LSF but the cvt in the crv is very good. It's quiet when not under load and throttle response is pretty much instant since no downshifting. Stomping on gas or going up a hill hard will produce noise tho....but that may also be symptom of a small engine. It took me a while to get used to the car not downshifting. Thought I was going slower than I actually was. It's pretty smooth. I prefer it to a regular automatic.... I had a 4 speed in my old Mazda 6 and the gear shifts were super rough
Yup it is very quiet when coasting, but once you're on the go pedal the engine moans and complains. It was a deal killer for me as that would drive me nuts, also the CVT felt like a rubber band. If you have a chance to drive an 8spd auto made by getrag it will change your views on a proper slushbox transmission. IMO, engine is undersized for the CRV otherwise it's a great package for the money.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 9:55 am
How's the ACC with LSF on the new CRV?

Also, how is the CVT?

Most Honda's come with CVT now and newer ones have the low speed follow, which is interesting.
I find the Honda sensing tech very good and the CVT isn't an issue. It's certainly better than that in the Forester that I test drove. The ANC keeps the noise down really well in most situations and you'll hear the engine drone when pushing it but the CRV isn't a sports car, the turbo is just there for economical driving, not for performance.

The ACC works really well and in conjunction with the other tech you almost have an automatically driven vehicle. I drove back from Whitby to Kingston in the CRV when I bought it and the car more or less drove itself. It was very eerie. The lane keeping tech works best on long highway stretches but it also works on side roads too as I've found. It is a driver aide though...broken lines, badly painted medians etc all can confuse the system.
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JC69 wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 11:46 am
I find the Honda sensing tech very good and the CVT isn't an issue. It's certainly better than that in the Forester that I test drove. The ANC keeps the noise down really well in most situations and you'll hear the engine drone when pushing it but the CRV isn't a sports car, the turbo is just there for economical driving, not for performance.

The ACC works really well and in conjunction with the other tech you almost have an automatically driven vehicle. I drove back from Whitby to Kingston in the CRV when I bought it and the car more or less drove itself. It was very eerie. The lane keeping tech works best on long highway stretches but it also works on side roads too as I've found. It is a driver aide though...broken lines, badly painted medians etc all can confuse the system.
What year Forester and were you saying CRV sensing tech or CRV CVT better then Forester? Or both?

Thanks.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 11:38 am
Yup it is very quiet when coasting, but once you're on the go pedal the engine moans and complains. It was a deal killer for me as that would drive me nuts, also the CVT felt like a rubber band. If you have a chance to drive an 8spd auto made by getrag it will change your views on a proper slushbox transmission. IMO, engine is undersized for the CRV otherwise it's a great package for the money.
I don't know if it's undersized or if it's tuning. (I think it's a bit of both, personally)
Apparently Hondata's tune can shave a whole second off and improve response.
But it's been known that the CVT in the Civic and CR-V can "overheat" when exposed to extreme load for extended periods like multiple hill climbs.

That tune has piqued my interest in the CR-V again. As you said it's a great value but when I test drove it. The Turbo + CVT had no urgency, it's like an extreme case of turbo lag but instead of a sudden hit it's a very smooth (too smooth) delivery of "go". It's not my cup of tea, but if Hondata can fix it...
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I've been driving my CR-V for around 1.2k km. I don't think I ever got to 4k RPM. The CVT keeps the engine in the powerband very nicely. I find that the "S" drive mode also improves throttle response to what one might expect.
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tebore wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 2:54 pm
I don't know if it's undersized or if it's tuning. (I think it's a bit of both, personally)
Apparently Hondata's tune can shave a whole second off and improve response.
But it's been known that the CVT in the Civic and CR-V can "overheat" when exposed to extreme load for extended periods like multiple hill climbs.

That tune has piqued my interest in the CR-V again. As you said it's a great value but when I test drove it. The Turbo + CVT had no urgency, it's like an extreme case of turbo lag but instead of a sudden hit it's a very smooth (too smooth) delivery of "go". It's not my cup of tea, but if Hondata can fix it...
Firstly...it's CUV...not a race car or even a sporty car.
Secondly, $695 USD
Thirdly, will void your warranty.
Lastly....all for one second....on a CR-V? :)
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I did $600 over invoice. Good Luck!
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Nov 9th, 2017 10:35 am
Would love to know also. Might be pulling the trigger tonight, dealer offered invoice +720 so would be good to know what others are getting.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 3:53 pm
Firstly...it's CUV...not a race car or even a sporty car.
Secondly, $695 USD
Thirdly, will void your warranty.
Lastly....all for one second....on a CR-V? :)
1. Yes that's right it's not a sporty car. It's a slush box really in stock guise. That's why being able to correct that would be solving the major short coming in an otherwise great car.
2. It's only $700. Which isn't nothing but in the world of car modding that's pretty good value if it delivers and this is a reputable tuner.
3. Warranty? Meh. Pay to play.

Lastly $700 for a whole second off is a hell of an improvement and bang for the buck, but that's not the point. It's about solving a shortcoming of the car which is that in stock form it's a slushbox.
Honda really should have used a detuned version of the 2.0T used in the Accord my point is they should have given it some gusto for when you load this sucker down for a family camping trip. They got the HR-V for the slush box compact commuter.
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tebore wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 4:23 pm
1. Yes that's right it's not a sporty car. It's a slush box really in stock guise. That's why being able to correct that would be solving the major short coming in an otherwise great car.
2. It's only $700. Which isn't nothing but in the world of car modding that's pretty good value if it delivers and this is a reputable tuner.
3. Warranty? Meh. Pay to play.

Lastly $700 for a whole second off is a hell of an improvement and bang for the buck, but that's not the point. It's about solving a shortcoming of the car which is that in stock form it's a slushbox.
Honda really should have used a detuned version of the 2.0T used in the Accord my point is they should have given it some gusto for when you load this sucker down for a family camping trip. They got the HR-V for the slush box compact commuter.
Zero to sixty in 7 seconds instead of 8 in a soccer Mom's car. Hmmmm, why?
What shortcoming? Honda was quite aware that the CR-V was a grocery getter decaes ago when they developed it and, it did quite well with that.
The CR-V is not a tuner and never will be and in my mind, trying to make it faster will be a huge waste of money...really....$700 USD, about $885 CAD for one second....makes me laugh...but hey, it's not my money. :)
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