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2008 Honda CR-V Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by DKJJ

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Reviewed: 2008 Honda CR-V

4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2008 Honda CR-V?

Safety & braking

Brakes extremely well. No pedal sponginess. Stops quickly, in a straight line with no drama.

Interior styling

Very convenient and attractive interior. Instrument cluster clear. Have upgraded front center armrests to the wider version introduced in 2010. Much more supportive and comfortable.

Fuel economy

Better than predicted. Highway has averaged 31 mpg with proper tire inflation and smooth driving.

Powertrain performance

CVT works very smoothly. Merging onto highway takes a heavy foot to get the revs and speed up but the car responds willingly, although feels slightly stretched and the engine wipes the sweat off its brow when merging completed.

Why Not the 2008 Honda CR-V?

Front seat support & comfort

Seats need another couple of inches of depth to provide anyone over six feet tall with proper thigh support. A little on the firm side after a couple of hours. Could also be improved with better lateral support. Not a deal breaker unless you expect a Volvo type lounger.

Driving position & visibility

Rear visibility is problematic due to wide D pillars. Rear and exterior view mirrors are too small and do not provide a full picture. The low roof line means vis a via the top of the windshield means that taller drivers have to lower seat and evn then cannot always see e.g. overhead traffic lights if you are first in iline. The higher driving position, while generally comfortable, means that often it is not possible to see the four corners of the car.

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