When you need a vehicle you can count on, the Honda CR-V will not let you down.
2006 Honda CR-V
My Honda CR-V is a great compact SUV, ultra-reliable, comfortable with great visibility, and with the excellent ground clearance and all wheel drive, it is nearly unstoppable in the winter! It is a bit noisy inside at certain speeds and the suspension can be somewhat harsh compared to newer or higher-end vehicles on hard bumps and railroad tracks, but nothing unforgivable. The factory stereo is mediocre at best but sounds decent and is easy and intuitive to operate while driving. Cargo carrying is a breeze with the barn-door style rear door and our dog can jump right in, but because it opens to the side, be careful as it can get caught by the wind and be forced open or closed. Mine also came with a cargo roof rack which is extremely useful in hauling large items, skis, snowboards, bikes and even lumber from the home improvement store. Fuel economy is around 23 mpg and acceptable for my average day to day use, but if you rack up extensive miles, you may want to look at the front wheel drive version which gets slightly better mpg. Bottom line: the 2006 Honda CR-V is an over-achiever for daily tasks, hauling, commuting, sports and family events, and offers outstanding performance in adverse weather, but will remind you occasionally that it is definitely not a luxury sedan.