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Honda CR-V

Used Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V was originally released in the late 1990s with a simple goal: to offer a unique substitute to the rather mainstream full-sized and mid-sized SUVs. It became an instant popular choice, especially with its car-based style, sedanlike handling and ride, and of course, its fuel efficient four-cylinder engine. It has immediately rocketed to the top of the ranks in terms of sales, and has long since gathered loyal consumers with its promise of a competitive price and spacious passenger and cargo room.

Until today, this compact SUV has lived up to its promise of offering the perfect combination of power, capability and of course, size. With more than a dozen different models that attend to specified market needs (some models offering more powerful powertrains, some delivering real off-road capacity), the Honda CR-V stays true to its more practical targets. It has consistently provided easy driving and family-friendly features, making it one of the best viable candidates in the SUV segment.

Honda CR-V of the Current

The current Honda CR-V is presented in its traditional trim levels, namely: LX, EX and EX-L trims. Even its base LX trim is pretty nicely equipped, while the higher trims offer extra convenience with its luxurious features. The EX-L also comes with options of either a rear-seat entertainment system or a navigation system. However, these options can't be had together.

Its powertrain is packed with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that kicks out a good 185 horses, capable of producing 163 pound-feet of torque, and is paired to a five-speed gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, while all-wheel drive is offered as an option.

The most recent Honda CR-V boasts of a long list of merits and equipment. To start off with, its interior is intelligently engineered, evident in its strong fit and finish. More improved than before, its ride is more comfortable and rather quieter. Handling and steering also adds to this long list of merits. One of its major setbacks, on the other hand, is its powertrains passing capacity in some situations. While the CR-V has proven its roaring acceleration around town, it somehow drags during passing and merging on gradients. To be fair, though, long as your terrain does not include many inclined roads, the CR-V should be great in providing the refinement, room and performance you are asking for.

Used Honda CR-Vs

Now on its fourth-generation, this current CR-V was originally revamped for its 2012 model year. Its evident revisions focus more on the evolutionary aspect as seen in its size, engine and basic interior that are almost the same as its predecessors. Significant improvements are found on the car's more comfortable and rather quieter ride, a backseat that flips down from trunk levers and, of course, additional features.

Trim levels include the familiar ones like the LX and EX, with the addition of the EX-L (the L stands for leather upholstery partnered with heated front seats). The 2007 to 2009 model years are able to spit out 166 horses, as opposed to the 188 horsepower that the succeeding years offered. All trims are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with options of either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you're one who is looking for the optimum luxury experience in a CR-V, then the EX-L should be a good choice for you since it has recently included automatic climate control, a power driver seat and premium stereo for the 2008 model.

Most reviews about the 2007 to 2009 CR-V commended it for being such a well-rounded model of the vehicle. Its merits include sensible and extremely comfortable interior, nimble handling and high ranking crash test scores. The interiors inability to full proof road noise as well as the engine's rather timid power may throw off some of the usual SUV buyers. However, holistically speaking, this CR-V model should make a great choice for a used compact crossover SUV.

Other than these, most expert reviews gave high praises to the second generation of the CR-V because of its refined and comfortable rides and competitively performing high powertrains, although the notable issue of road noise and speed was still present. Most critiques found the four-cylinder rather modest than they would expect from a four-cylinder; however, its reasonable fuel efficiency and smooth power sustenance offset these shortcomings. Overall, the CR-Vs second generation was holistically praised when new, and still manages to be a strong option for a used car in the market.

The first generation of the Honda CR-V compact SUV was originally released in 1997 and was produced until 2001. It was marked with a competitive price and offered higher cargo capacity and passenger room as opposed to its direct rivals in its segment. In 1998, a manual transmission was included, which was followed by a 20 horsepower increase in its following model year, enabling it to churn out 146 horses. A leather-trimmed SE model was included to spearhead the model lineup in 2000.

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Honda CR-V

Being one of the top selling cars in its segment, the Honda CR-V is a five-passenger, compact crossover utility vehicle. Running on a four-cylinder engine, the recent Honda CR-V have yielded good crash-test results and reliability, making it a viable candidate among its segment which is also partly dominated by other well-performing brands such as the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox and Nissan Rogue.

Borrowing the same running gear from its predecessors which all the more reinforces the current Honda Civic, today's CR-V was last released in 2012 and now comes back with thorough revisions and revamps for its 2015 model year.

The 2012 model year of the Honda CR-V, considered its fourth generation, took the path of evolutionary revisions as compared to its previous models. Such improvements are visible on the exterior styling. Its interior provides a different feel with all its high-end materials and trims, coupled with an instrument panel that shares the same level as that of the Odyssey van. Other than this, the CR-V is also equipped with a more improved rear-seat mechanism which allows the occupants to fold the seats neatly forward without having to use power systems.

The engine was adopted from the last model year, with changes such as mating it to a five-speed automatic that not only provided higher horses, but also yielded out better fuel efficiency ratings. In totality, there really isn't much new when it comes to driving experience. It provides a reasonably responsive ride; however, it is weighed down by its new electric power steering system which falls short of providing the sharp, precise handling that the last generation offered.

The most recent CR-V was awarded with high scores of five stars from the NHTSA. However, this was offset by the loss of its former Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS due low score results in IIHS" newest set of crash tests.

To be fair, Honda has done its job in trying to update the CR-V's connectivity for this current generation. New standard features include Bluetooth streaming audio and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity for all the trims in the entire model line. Pandora streaming is also incorporated in this new infotainment system (provided that you have the right smart phone). Also, the new i-MID display allows you to view personal photos and is connected to a new Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system.

The Honda CR-V receives a massive revamp for its 2015 model year. Styling is trendy, plus the inclusion of a new four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is adopted from the Honda Accord, replacing the original five-speed automatic gearbox that it had. This new combination of upgrades result to an improved fuel efficiency rates and mildly above average acceleration. The totality of the whole exterior received some minor retouch, but the most significant and notable of all is its front end design which offers a more modern, elite look. Honda was also fair for the car's interior, as it too, received modification in layout and upgrade in the materials used.

The CR-V has also regained its spot as one of the Top Safety Pick awardees for 2015 after it received good scores on all crash test categories, even IIHS's newest front small overlap test in which the CR-V did poorly in the previous year. It is obvious that Honda has taken some efforts to improve its safety features as a part of its 2015 model year revamp. However, despite the IIHS top scores, Honda has dropped to four stars overall from the NHTSA testing compared to its previous rating of five stars.

CR-V History

The Honda CR-V was originally launched in 1997 to 2001, and was like most of the other previous crossovers in its segmentùplain-looking yet exuded the strength of the late Honda Wagovan. Running on a four-cylinder engine, the CR-V did not take much time to garner loyal buyers because of its durability and visibility, if not for its visual value.

The second generation of this compact crossover was sold and released in 2002. It had notable improvements as compared to its predecessors as it provided a much more comfortable, refined and responsive ride. This generation's models were packed with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, whipping out around 160 horses mated to either a four- or five-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual transmission was also offered as an option.

In the year 2007, Honda provided a total redesign for the CR-V once more, with this generation providing more focus on passengers as compared to the earlier model years. This was achieved through an improved interior that sends off the vibe of a tall wagon, or even a minivan. One weird attribute that most complained about in the first and second generations of the CR-V was the oddly mounted spare wheel and tile. For the 2007 model year, however, Honda seems to have listened to the cry of their loyalists, relocating the spare tire from the perch, and now to its hatch.

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2012 Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Originally launched in 1973, the Honda Civic has been one of the key players, one of the rather popular vehicles in the compact cars segment in America. Thanks to its impressive, standing for reliability and practical running costs, not to mention its consistently high level of finish and fit, it has maintained its spot on the top of the market. Environmental awareness, high fuel efficiency rates and appealing performance have also contributed in making this Civic a popular option for the American masses.

While many may say that the current Honda Civic isn't a no-brainer choice as compared to its predecessors, it is still worthy of commendation with its wide range of models, intelligently engineered interior and its solid reputation. If you are one of those practical buyers who are looking for a used but good compact car, then the Civic makes the best option for you as its long existence in the market provide you with a wide array of models that would fit all the needs you may have.

Honda Civic at Present

Coming from a revamp just a year ago, the current Honda Civic has once again received some nips and tucks for this model year so as to address several issues and missteps that the previous models had. Primarily, Honda has upgraded the car's interior design and quality and even included a new array of standard features. It has also groomed the car's exterior appeal, making it look more elite and has retuned its steering and suspension for improved handling. Its safety features have also improved as proven by its high crash test results, making the Civic, once again, among the top performers in its class.

Most of its trims such as the DX, LX, and EX versions are packed with a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine whipping out 140 horses that is mated to either a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Other higher trims like the Hybrid and Natural Gas models have more powerful engines that produce 110 horses (Hybrid) and 201 horses (Natural Gas) respectively.

Its exterior design may be rather conventional but still aesthetically valuable, taking more pride in the extra pizzazz that it lacked for the 2012 model years of this car. Despite its cabin's almost similar look to its predecessor, having the conventional multifunction display and intuitive controls, there are still notable improvements in its use of materials and switchgear which take the Civic all the more at par with its direct rivals.

All in all, the current Civic is a very competent car. Its unstinting provision of a wide selection of configurations and engines help it appeal to a wider scope of market, while its conventional features such as quick handling and high fuel efficiency rates remain solid.

Used Honda Civics

Before this current generation, considered as its ninth, Honda released its eighth generation Civic which ran in the market from 2006 until 2011. It would most likely be the used Civic you will come across, and holistically speaking, it is a good choice for a used small car.

This generation of Civic provided options of either a coupe or sedan body styles with the usual trims such as the base DX, higher level LX, fully loaded EX, leather-hugged EX-L and the sporty buyer treat, Si. Other than these conventional trim levels, there were also environmental friendly trims such as the Hybrid and Natural Gas, also known as the GX trim.

All trims are equipped with several safety features which include front-seat side airbags, antilock brakes and full-length side curtain airbags. It also offered stability control, but it can only be had on higher trims such as the EX-L, Hybrid, and Si. Its base DX trim was sorely lacking in premium standard features, giving you no choice but to skip up the trim ladder if you want the convenience offered by full power accessories and air-conditioning.

Most reviews and road tests recommend the Honda Civic as a well-rounded vehicle and has labeled it to be a top pick for those buyers shopping cars in its class. This, of course, was made possible by its wide variety of configuration that allow Honda to offer a car specified to your driving needs. As no vehicle is built to be perfect, major drawbacks of this Civic are found in the car's inability to filter out road noise and, of course, its controversial odd dashboard layout.

Honda Civic's fifth generation, sold from 1992 until 1995, was the first to use the Honda VTEC technology. This generation, or the Civic VX as it is more popularly called, offered a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with VTEC-E spitting out 92 horses. Even more powerful was its Civic Si and EX sedan trims which runs on a 1.6-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine capable of producing 125 horsepower. It was originally sold in hatchback and sedan body styles only, but Honda offered two additional coupe trims in 1993, namely the DX and EX trims.

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Used Honda Pilot

Used Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot defined the true mark of what a midsize crossover SUVs during its initial release. With its top of the line fuel efficiency rates, V6 power, easy maneuverability, maximum seating capacity of eight, spaciously comfortable and versatile interior, the Pilot was the perfect vehicle that obliterated the minivan stigma that most consumers have.

Since most of the other car makers need to compete with Honda in this segment, most of them have released their own versions of the Pilot. Honda, on the other hand, retorted by providing a full revamp to the already marketable crossover; however, these efforts resulted a second generation Pilot that is wide of the mark. It tried to sustain its attributes of giving the occupants as much space in its interior, but the redesign also entailed less maneuverability than you would expect. With all of its few shortcomings, though, a used Honda Pilot is definitely worth considering.

Present Generation Honda Pilot

Available in either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the latest Honda Pilot generation is offered in four trim levels, namely: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The Pilot's third row offers spacious that could fit even full-sized adults with decent spare room. Its boxy shape also allows it to provide an 87 cubic feet storage which means the Pilot can handle more than the typical load that families need out of a crossover SUV.

Regardless of trim, the Pilot packs a 3.5-liter V6 that spits out 250 horses and is capable of producing 254 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, which is the only available transmission. The LX trim comes with a Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an iPod/USB audio interface and a rearview camera. The EX, on the other hand, kicks up the features with its inclusion of 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat, and satellite radio. Even higher among the trims, the EX-L includes upgrades such as a power liftgate, sunroof, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The highest among the trim, the Touring model, includes a rear entertainment system, a 10-speaker sound system, and a navigation system as standard features.

Most reviews commends the Honda Pilot's comfortable ride as well as its spaciously adult-friendly interior. Other than this plentiful cargo space, this vehicle is also well-engineered in such a way that it would provide room for smaller cargo items. Its relatively high fuel efficiency rate also contributes to its advantage. Its setbacks include its lack of agility as compared to its high-end competitions, while its sluggish steering and heavy handling makes you question your driving abilities. Despite these, however, the Pilot still makes as a viable option for a large crossover SUV, although looking at other cars in this segment may also lead you to what you really need.

Used Pilot Models

The Honda Pilot was originally introduced to the market during 2003 for its first generation, making it one of the primary midsize crossover SUVs in the market that offers a third row seat. It packs a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission (which has been the only option for a power source), whipping out 240 horses. It was offered in all-wheel drive from 2003 until 2005. After which, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions were made available.

The Pilot originally came in three trim levels, namely: LX, EX and EX-L. The base trim, LX provided a decent array of convenient features, while the EX ups the ante with more premium features such as automatic climate control and power driver seat. The EX-L tops the trims with its leather seating and optional rear-seat entertainment system or navigation system. Clever as they are, Honda only allows you to order one of the options as you can't have both the nav and entertainment systems together.

Minor changes were inculcated to the exterior design of the Pilot for its 2006 model year. Horsepower ratings flunked to 244 horses as a result of adoption of revised SAE certification procedures. Fortunately, though, the performance of this vehicle remained unchanged. Front-seat side airbags were a normal standard feature among Honda SUVs, but the 2006 revamp saw the inclusion of a three-row side curtain airbag system that includes a rollover sensor. Stability control was also made standard among all Pilots of the said model year. The LX trim was substituted with the Value Package trim in its final year model, alongside with the introduction of the new SE trim which outranked the EX with its additional DVD player and sunroof.

Reviews praise the Honda Pilot with its fluid ride and good handling for a midsize SUV. Most critics also appreciated its well-thought of instrumentation and interior materials" quality, which are both trademarks of Honda. However, while it offered a maximum of eight-passenger seating, most adults would find the third row a bit uncomfortable. To offset this, Honda has provided ample cargo capacity that is more than sufficient to carry normal family loads.

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Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Originally released in 2003, the Honda Pilot full-size crossover SUV was initially meant to be a substitute for the Honda Passport. During that time, Honda was still under the struggle of making a name for itself in the SUV segment since the Passport was a clear relaunch of the Isuzu Rodeo. Quite short of entries in this class, Honda's only other performer in the SUV segment was the compact CR-V which was largely an adaptation of the Civic. Despite these, however, the Honda Pilot didn't take much time to gain solid supporters in the market due to its promising three row seating and its spacious cabin which accommodates a maximum of eight passengers. More to that, the addition of a competitive V6 power source and reputable fuel efficiency rates matched with Honda's trademark of high reliability and quality has enabled the Pilot to become an immediate hit with car buyers, selling above 100,000 units during its second production year.

As it steps in the more current and modern era of the 21st century, the Pilot shows a few indications of its age evident to its current generation's design that looks like that of the 2000s. Due to this, sales have plummeted over the past years. However, being the clever car maker that is Honda, loyal buyers can expect a refreshment amid its generation. The Pilot's mechanics will most likely be unchanged, maybe some small revisions here and there, but consumers can expect improvement on its interior components and exterior styling as an effort to pull up its sales.

Honda Pilot's History

Honda should be given credit for being the first automaker in the industry to introduce a full-size crossover SUV that offers three rows of seats. The Pilot marked Honda's contribution in giving birth to a new vehicle classùa successful attempt to provide the buyers" needs of maximum passenger seating and cargo capacity without having to resort to a snug minivan or a top-heavy SUV. While much of the SUVs around the market nestled on top of trucklike platforms, the Pilot sat on a platform that was much similar to the Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX. It presented the vehicle in a unibody design and a refined suspension designed to provide more responsive handling and a comfy ride like that of a car.

Original trim levels were named LX and EX trims. Both trim levels came with standard features such as climate control system with rear vents, a cruise control and power windows and door locks. The EX, being the higher trim, includes additional a power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, keyless entry and a multifunctional steering wheel.

Honda provided an additional trim, the top-of-the-line Touring trim level in 2008 which packed the Pilot with a powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 (which it adopted from the Accord), capable of spitting out a whopping 250 horses. More to this, Honda further reinforced its body to upgrade rigor, and even improved the vehicle's maneuverability to give it a more car-like driving feel.

Used Pilot Models

Initial generations of the Honda Pilot should make the best options for potential car buyers. Most, if not all, of these Pilots came standard with a lot of modern features that are currently found on the newer versions of the Pilot. Such features include a climate-control system with rear-seat passenger vents, cruise control and door locks power windows. Standard safety features are also among the wide array of equipment which offers front side airbags, antilock brakes and a 60/40-split seats for its second and third rows. As an additional perk, most reviewers prefer the exterior design of the first generation Pilots as compared to the second generation ones, which were released in 2008.

The succeeding Pilots, considered its second generation, provided a more edgy exterior styling, which resulted to mixed feelings from both its critics and supporters alike. Although, to some, the new look was still visually appealing. Other than that, the second generation Pilot also put on additional length, providing more interior room, which meant additional space for the rear seats which was lacking from the first generation trim levels. Honda also refined the Pilot's turning ration in its second generation allowing the vehicle to offer better maneuverability and handling in tight alleys and parking spaces.

If you are one of those buyers who are after the luxury experience that a vehicle offers, then the EX-L trim of the first generation is what would suit you. Considering the second generation Pilots as entries, the Touring trim of the said generation would also be a viable choice, especially with its standard leather upholstery. More to that, some higher end trim levels offer luxury options such as a DVD entertainment system or a navigation system. A drawback, however, is found in these optional features as you cannot have both of them at the same time.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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