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Hello everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully help me join the CR-V family. Let me start by saying I am a photojournalist whose 2004 Ford Ranger 2WD just died during the massive snow storm that hit the Annapolis, MD area last week. I need to buy a replacement vehicle and wanted an SUV with 4WD to be able to do my job, carry photo equipment and sometimes work on my photos with my laptop in the back seat.

I was looking for a low mileage used 2010-2012 Toyota RAV4 with 4WD and decent features, but they have been hard to find for less than 20K, which was the high end of my budget. I want the 4WD/AWD for getting around in the occasional snow, like we just had. Well maybe not like we just had, we go 29" in one day. I used to put chains on my 2WD truck and got around pretty good in most snowy conditions, even some deep stuff.

I came across a Black 2010 Honda CR-V EXL 4WD with 55,000 miles at a local dealer. The thing looks beautiful and in great shape. It does not have the Nav system/backup camera, but almost every other bell and whistle. Not sure about Bluetooth for the phone. Also has almost brand new Michelin XT tires on it. They were asking $16,500, but I got them down to 15,500. about $17,000 with tax and fees.

I was pretty convinced this would be a great car for my needs and it looks really sharp, but after doing some research I am starting to fear it might not handle the snow as well as I hoped. Back in the day I had an 89 GMC Jimmy with 4WD and it was great in the snow. My brother also recently had a 2000 Nissan Frontier 4WD that was great in the snow.

So does the 2010 CRV handle snow well? Maybe some occasional mud/sand? I don't need to be going 4 wheeling in the woods through crazy stuff, but would like to get around during snow storms to do my job. Should I be looking for a real 4WD (no offense)? I mean it's not like I live in Alaska, just Maryland.

I guess I am looking for 4wd opinions, but also a general CR-V talking into. Do you all think it will meet my needs? Is this a decent deal for this car. I am taking it to a local Honda specialist tomorrow to have it checked out as far as mechanics. I like the looks of the car.

Thanks for reading my long first post and hope to become a regular, if I buy the car.

Paul
 

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pwgphoto- I have a 2011 exl and it is very good in snow (i do have blizzacks on it) previous car was subaru outback -crv is nearly as good in snow if tires are equivelent. One issue which is fairly common on 2010 and 2011 years is somewhat high oil consumption due to a tendency for oil rings to stick so if its possible you could try and rent the car for a month with option to buy and carefully track your oil consumption -they might agree to do this(you check consumption yourself -not them. That is really the only big issue this year crv sometimes have, good luck.
 

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Have you looked at Subaru?

My 2015 CRV doesn't handle the snow as well as my friends who have an Outback, Forrester and Crosstrek. Subaru seems to kick butt over my Honda. I sort of expected better but this is my first SUV/Cross-over.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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I looked at some Subarus online, nothing in person. I like the Foresters but do see a lot in my price. I am trying to balance budget, with features, lower miles, good mpg and stay in the mid teens as far as price. Longevity is also an issue, as we usually keep cars as long as we can. We don't usually get that much snow here, maybe one or two storms a year with any kind of real accumulation. I want to be able to get around when snow is on the ground, but wonder if I am too worried about it. The CR-V fits my needs in practically all other ways. I guess I could get some kind of low profile or emergency snow chains for extreme cases. Don't really want the hassle of winter tires.

Now you got me worried about the oil issue. Did not know that and will have to ask the Honda mech I am taking the car to. I don't see the dealer doing the rental idea.
 

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I looked at some Subarus online, nothing in person. I like the Foresters but do see a lot in my price. I am trying to balance budget, with features, lower miles, good mpg and stay in the mid teens as far as price. Longevity is also an issue, as we usually keep cars as long as we can. We don't usually get that much snow here, maybe one or two storms a year with any kind of real accumulation. I want to be able to get around when snow is on the ground, but wonder if I am too worried about it. The CR-V fits my needs in practically all other ways. I guess I could get some kind of low profile or emergency snow chains for extreme cases. Don't really want the hassle of winter tires.

Now you got me worried about the oil issue. Did not know that and will have to ask the Honda mech I am taking the car to. I don't see the dealer doing the rental idea.
Subaru's seem to last as long as Honda's do. The current Subaru's do much better in snow compared to my CRV (with both having stock tires). Though, some models have the same oil consumption issues that the Honda does. Even their sedans kick butt over my CRV. Go figure.

I wish I had purchased a Subaru over my CRV. They were none in stock when I went to buy the Subaru.

I guess I am not overly pleased with my CRV and would not buy another one. I think Honda's quality has gone down.
 

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No going back now. Say hello to the Black Pearl. It was the best car I could find of the money I had. Only had it a couple of hours, but I really like it. Love the leather interior, comfortable seats and even the look of the car. My local Honda guru mechanic, from what I hear from friends, gave it a thumbs up as far as condition. Didn't find anything wrong with it. I will just deal with the ocassional snow the best I can. Has to be better than my 2WD Ranger, although the Ranger had the height advantage as far as ground clearance. Wish me luck. I am hoping for at least 200K miles, starting now at 55,000.

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Good luck and enjoy
 

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Looks a beauty. I have an ES petrol model 2010 here in the UK. No probs in the snow. Not a big 4x4 ike a Mitsubishi Pajero I once owned, but still class with Honda reliability !

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congratulations, looks very nice. You have made a good choice and will be happy for sure.
 

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We had a 2011 CRV EX-L AWD (believe 2010 nearly identical) and we had no issues with it. I think the more important issue when it comes to snow handling is proper winter tires...Never had them on our CRV though....It spent most of its life with us in Central and South America (Bought in the DC area, so it did see snow 1 winter) But it did well in sand,lol Enjoy the CRV....
 

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Had a 2010 and it was a great vehicle. Didn't have an oil consumption issues. And the Subaru is better in snow BECAUSE
it has a different drive system. But they do not hold price like the Honda! Now to improve winter issues, buy a set of steel
wheels, TMS sensors, and some moderate tread "snow" tires. When the snow flies, swap them out, to avoid damage to stock
alloy wheels. Spring comes change them back, and both sets last a long time.
Oh. . . I'm in Northern Michigan. were AWD / 4WD or a Subaru are more than the majority.
 

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Had a 2010 and it was a great vehicle. Didn't have an oil consumption issues. And the Subaru is better in snow BECAUSE
it has a different drive system. But they do not hold price like the Honda! Now to improve winter issues, buy a set of steel
wheels, TMS sensors, and some moderate tread "snow" tires. When the snow flies, swap them out, to avoid damage to stock
alloy wheels. Spring comes change them back, and both sets last a long time.
Oh. . . I'm in Northern Michigan. were AWD / 4WD or a Subaru are more than the majority.
Actually - Subaru's do hold their price well.

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/01/23/subaru-lexus-lead-expected-residual-values-for-2015.html

http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/best-retained-value-cars.html


Some reports say they hold their price better than Honda!
 

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My ’09 AWD CRV with Winter Tires is bullet proof in the deep snow.

Last week, we had a record snow fall of 18” in one day (storm of the century) and she pulled through no problem. The higher ground clearance than all the cars that were stuck all around me is what keeps me coming back to AWD CRV’s.

You made a fine choice, but should consider winter tires for slippage in the deep snow.
 
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