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is a 2015 honda crv a good car for a senior 80 yr old lady, want good fuel efficiency

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2015 - 2016 Honda CR-V
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is this offer good fuel mileage mostly city driving, is repair history good

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Response from NormT

7:36 am July 2, 2018

That outgoing model has a very low repair record like most models that are being updated. Avoid the 2016+ in colder climates with 1.5t has they have some fuel problems that is ended up mixed in thr oil and causes over filled crankcase.

The 2015 Equiniox and Terrain were rated similarly high for those years.

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Response from LectroFuel

1:18 pm July 2, 2018

The 2015-2016 Models had a problem with the CVT vibrating the entire car violently at idle. Other than that it was very reliable. The 2017 and newer have the 1.5T that has had some quality issues. 2012-2014 was reliable. The Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are more reliable. I don't think an older person would like the Mazda because it is louder and less comfotable.

For mileage, the CR-V is the most efficient with 27 MPG in the city. The RAV4 is 23 MPG in the city. The Equinox is 22 MPG in the city with the 4 cyl engine and 17 MPG with the V6.

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Response from buying

9:47 pm July 2, 2018

Thanks for your help. Definitely live in cold climate so will avoid 2016. Is the vibration when idling something that would be evident at this point or is it something that only happens now and again? My driving is 98% city and a hilly city at that so mpg is important. I think the Rav is also a bit bigger but not sure. I might be better to look for a 2014 with low mileage to avoid the vibration problem. Again thanks for the info.

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Response from LectroFuel

6:12 pm July 3, 2018

The 2017 is the year you want to be careful of. The 2015-2016 have the CVT vibration.

Hereis a video I found that demonstrates the vibration. Hereis another one. Seems like it happens most often when under 800 RPMs, so it is often when city driving. Keep in mind this is only the ones with the CVT from 2015-2016. I think people are over-exaggerating the problem. Many old people buy these small SUVs and are expecting a soft idle and ride, but the idle is just a little more apparent than a comparable RAV4.

My mother in law drives a 2014 RAV4 LE and really likes it, though I told her to get the power liftgate because she has a bad back and now she regrets it. The RAV4 since 2013 has gotten the same gas mileage as the 2012-2014 CR-V, which is 23/30/29 city/hwy/combined MPG. In 2015, the CR-V with the CVT upped the MPGs significantly to 27/33/32 city/hwy/combined. These are the FWD ratings, so if you need AWD then take off 1 MPG. 4 MPG better in the city with the 2015-2016 CR-V may be worth it to you if you can stand the vibration. Try out a 2015 CR-V in a test drive and see if you notice it. Turn off the A/C and put it in drive to get the RPMs to 600 and feel.

Also, a 2012 CR-V is the same as a 2014 and 2013, so you may be able to save some money by getting an older model year (2012).

Overall, the RAV4 has less problems and a better transmission than the CR-Vs. The RAV4 is just a tiny bit bigger than the CR-V in terms of cargo volume.

Would like to hear what you decide on! Good luck

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Response from NormT

11:36 pm July 4, 2018

Allot of electrical issues with TPM(tire pressure monitor), interior dash lighting, and infotainment glitches on Edmund's long term 2017 CR-V review.

2017 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2017 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

The Honda CR-V is America's top-selling compact crossover. We've brought one to drive for a year and 20,000 miles to find out if it's a bold enough redesign to remain at the head of the pack.

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Response from buying

9:58 pm July 5, 2018

Am going to try driving and idlingand see what it is like. Think I might take a look at Mazda too will let u know whether I give up and keep my focus!

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Response from buying

7:17 am July 13, 2018

Well I tried out some of the SUVS and ended up buying a 2015 Mazda Cx-5. I love how it feels, and hope it will give good gas mileage. It has 58,000 km and all the bells and whistles like heated seats, bluetooth, power seat, lumbar support etc. that I was hoping for. I got it from a dealer but it was owned by a middle-aged couple who bought it from the dealer, had all service done there, and traded it for a 2018 model.

Thanks for all your help. It has almost a year left on the powertrain warranty and they are trying to sell me extended warrangy for almost $3,000 (everything up to 140,000 KM).
so far I am not keen on buying any warranties. am I right?

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Response from NormT

1:23 pm July 13, 2018

A 3-year old vehicle off lease from a dealership should have offered certified preowned extended warranty as we do in the states.

A Chevy Equinox is not much more costly here at US$21K as they are 1/3rd off MSRP and is trending more reliable than the CX-5 according to Truedelta.

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Response from buying

8:11 pm July 13, 2018

Cars cost way more in Canada. Used 2016 is listed at $26795! A friend just bought a 2015 for $23k that includes tax !

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Response from LectroFuel

12:52 pm July 14, 2018

Congratulations! Thanks for responding! Did you a Certified Pre-Owned CX-5? Was it at a Mazda dealer? If so, it is probably certified pre-owned and you get a 7 year/140,000 km mile powertrain warranty and you can return the car within 30 days/3,000 km if you don't like it.

Either way, you probably don't need the warranty. You bought a reliable car and nothing is likely to go wrong anytime soon.

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Response from buying

5:48 pm July 14, 2018

Hi thanks. It only has the warranty until end of April next year and I didn't buy the extended for unlimited time up to 140,000. It was an additional $1,500 plus 15% tax. Maybe I should take it as at the rate I put mileage on it will probably be another 4 yrs to get to 140,000K.

Thanks for your advice. I pick up the car on Monday and am looking forward to driving it.

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Response from LectroFuel

1:29 pm July 15, 2018

That is kind of a good deal for the warranty at $1,725 with tax. I think you should do it. I don't know if you meant it was $3000 plus $1500 for the unlimited time and 140,000 km. If so, don't do it. Seems like a waste because you'll never spend that much on repairs in the next 80,000 km.

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Response from buying

6:43 pm July 15, 2018

Thanks so much for your input. I just reread my response and I wasn't clear on the warranty bit. It was $2449 plus tax (so approx $3,000) for unlimited time warranty up to 140,000 or I could top up warranty to match powertrain warranty to end of April 2019 for $900+TAX or $1.500+tax for a 2 yr 40,000 warranty. In 2 years I will be lucky to add another 20,000 km so would not reach 97,000k before the end of warranty and I figured I would be better to save the $1,725 to put toward any repairs I might need.

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