(Closed) Anyone have a Honda CRV or a GMC Terrain?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I test drove the Terrain. It drives relatively well. I think the pick up wasn’t QUITE what I wanted it to be. It’s the same truck as the Chevrolet Equinox, just a different body. The Equinox got really bad reviews (the ones I found anyways) in terms of mechanical reliability and number of repairs, so I scratched the Equinox and the Terrain off my list based on that. I ended up buying a used 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and I love it. Such a freaking great truck.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a 2001 Honda CR-V and I absolutely love it.  I’ve had it for 7 years and haven’t had any problems with it.  The best thing about my CR-V is that is does wonderful in the snow and I’m usually the one pulling everyone else out of the ditches:)  I don’t know anything about the Terrain so I’m just basing it on what I know and I will definately be getting another CR-V if and when this dies:)

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@camrie: I think it was the salesman at GMC who told us it is literally the exact same truck as the Equinox, they just put the GMC body panels on it instead. If you get in an Equinox, it is EXACTLY the same inside, it’s creepy. So I figured if the Equinox doesn’t have good reviews, the same issues would carry over to the Terrain, changing the body panels doesn’t change the performance issues.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What year Equinox were you researching? They completely redesigned it in 2010 and got rid of a lot of the problems that the older model had. I’ve had mine since July and I LOVE it!! I drove the Terrain as well and liked it, but the front looked to masculine for me. The Equinox is more rounded.

I also drove the CR-V. I found 2 things annoying. 1) The pickup was really, really bad and 2) There isn’t a center console that goes all the way across. I live in my car and use the center console as my desk, so that was a deal breaker for me.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@CanAmBride: I think I was looking at the Consumers Reports results and ratings for the past few years. I’m glad to hear they’re redesigned it and worked out the kinks, it’s a good looking truck.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

One of my best friends had a CRV. She traded it in for something with lower monthly payments due to some budget issues, but she had a really hard time letting it go since she loved it so much. She had it for almost two years and really never had any problems with it. 

I personally am pretty anti-SUV, but riding around in her CRV almost changed my mind. It’s ridiculously comfortable and has a really smooth ride (felt more like riding in a car than in a truck like a lot of SUVs, but still had the height & space advantages of an SUV.) 

I know people get really attached/defensive about brands (we have 4 Nissans between the two of us :), but I think that Honda tends to have a better reputation for long-lasting and high quality vehicle. I see others have posted that GMC has worked out a lot of the problems in this model, but (based on the mechanics that Fiance works with) I’m just not sure that GMC offers the same quality/long lasting vehicles. I want to add that I really don’t want to start a brand debate, but thought I’d share based on anecdotal experiences of the people I know. 

I see another poster looked at Consumer Reports and I would strongly encourage you to look into Consumer Reports on both vehicles for the specific years you are considering. I’m pretty sure Car & Driver also did a few SUV comparisons (and I know they covered the CRV a lot when it came out), so you might want to check online for their findings as well. 

Also, if you like the older styles of the CRV, why dont you just buy the older version? I’m sure it would save you a ton since cars lose a lot of their value after just a year or two.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I had the old CRV SUV the first year it came out in USA market. It was my first and only brand new car and only sold it many years later for a decent price when I secured a steal of a deal on a used Lexus SuV with super low miles.

Anyway, I liked and chose the CRV b/c of the good reviews I read (*I think) in Consumer Reports. It’s only main competition in the small-SUV division, back then, was the Toyota RAV.  Since it was the first year CRVs were sold in the USA, it was a risk but one I never regretted. It ran really well and was a good size for me. Maybe b/c it was my first SUV, I didn’t enjoy the limited visibility but again, this was the old version. Not sure if this is true or just urban legend,  but I was convinced people didn’t steal my CRV b/c the locking mechanism was different…but this is back when I used to read about Hondas (not SUV’s) getting stolen all the time.

Several coworkers have bought the new one and are very happy with their purchase. I’ve only ridden, not driven the new CRV’s so I don’t know first hand.  You might want to check Edmunds website as well.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I just bought a CRV and love it!  We added a roof rack which strangely helped the shape a lot- it looked like it was missing something without it.  We liked it because it had good gas mileage, great safety ratings, and Honda’s are known for being reliable.  I don’t know where he found it, but my husband found a spreadsheet that compared cost of ownership over 5 years and it was one of the best in its category. (We had a Volkswagen Touareg before that we downgraded from because it was almost out of warranty and it was SO expensive to maintain.  We found out that over 5 years the CRV is supposed to cost like 1/3 of what the Touareg would cost us.  Definitely helpful to know!).  

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