I'm curious about why people here made the decision to go with the hybrid drive.
In my case it was NOT the mileage, I would have gone with the hybrid if it got the same, or even lower, mileage than the 1.5T.
I liked the mechanically (but not electronically) simpler drive train.
I have no experience with turbos, GDI or CVTs. There's nothing wrong with them, they are proven technologies, but I know more about induction motors and inverters than I do about those. I'm an electronics tech far more than I am a mechanic, and I am more comfortable with what I understand.
Since I wanted AWD anyway, the upcharge for the hybrid was only about $1200, hardly noticeable from $30K.
I love the smooth power delivery. I did drive the 1.5T first. When I drove the hybrid I knew I was going to buy it before I got off the dealer's lot (but didn't tell them that of course).
Since I bought during Covid, I was able to test drive by myself, a new experience for me, no sales pitches, but they weren't needed.
They weren't letting just anybody take off with a new car, but I had bought from them in the past, and was a steady service customer, so I guess they trusted me.
Why did you opt for the hybrid?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Like you Beww, I was interested in the smooth power train. I don't enjoy the booming engine while you get up to speed. Very quiet cruiser. I brought mine in March 2020, right after the Covid lockdown hit. I called the dealer with the best internet price and asked to speak to the General Manager, then told him that I didn't want to play the salesman game. I had a 2017 Civic Touring Sedan. He gave me $500 over the TrueCar price for the Civic and bought me out of the lease $2,000 to the good. He had a masked and gloved salesman drive the car 15 miles to my house and gave me the key to drive around for 15 minutes while the salesman checked out the Civic for the trade. I then negotiated the price over the phone: $34,600 (sticker price $37,090) for a Touring trim, not bad. The CR-V had dealer add ons included; clear door edge guards, wheel locks, etched windows.
I then had the front windows tinted to 20% (factory is 26%), added a hood air deflector, splash guards, weather tech mats front, back and rear, immediately switched out the Continental tires for Verdestein Quatrac Pro, which TireRack rated #1 all around, bought a factory matching allow wheel and mounted one of the Continentals on that and keep that in the back, secured with ratchet straps, bought the soft sided cargo carrier for the rear, a jack on Ebay, cut the box off the cargo hatch that holds the tire pump, so I can keep a first aid kit, tire pressure guage and a few other small things out of site, bought OEM Window vent plastic extensions, adhesive film to put on the rocker panels so they don't get scuffed by feet and then had my front and rear camera installed and finally bought a new Valentine One (previous version was 7 years old and getting a little old for technology) - too many false alarms and attached it to the mirror with a Blend Mount.
In the press, many complaints about the old tech entertainment/nav/computer. It would have been nice if they put the Accord unit in, to get a bigger screen and a tuning nob. Ventilated seats would have been nice, plus the European version heads up display and electric folding outside mirrors.
Why not get the Gas 1.5T CR-V? Longevity. I plan on keeping this vehicle for 10+ years. Only 5,000 miles on it after 15 months. First oil change @ 9 months ownership and 2,000 miles. Sent oil to Blackstone labs for testing. Viscosity was right at the lower limit. High moly from factory and alot of silicone from normal breakin from seals, etc. Turns out that was the right time to change oil. Put AMS Signature oil in, rated the best. 3,000 miles since oil change. Oil on dipstick looks clear and golden like it was out of the bottle. Maintenance minder @ 50%.
Runs perfectly, no issues (knock wood). I had bought a ECU programming device for the Civic that removed the turbo lag. I would have used that on the CR-V 1.5T if I'd gone that way. Given the oil dilution issues with the turbo engine, I liked that the 2L engine is naturally aspirated. Not disappointed with my choice.