Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Win Head-to-Head Shootout on Cars.com
This is a continuation of our thoughts on how Hondas won all three head-to-head shootouts that Cars.com put together for vehicles in the $16,000 Subcompact category, the $25,000 Compact SUV Category, and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category. In this blog, we will cover how the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout and the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category.
See our previous blog for a summary of how the 2012 Honda Fit won the $16,000 Subcompact shootout and for more information about how detailed and AWESOME this series is by Cars.com. Seriously, if you are looking to buy a vehicle in any of these categories, read our blog and then go to the original article for all the details on each shootout and the pros and cons of each vehicle.
Back to business.
How the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout:
- “The verdict: “The Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in this segment. It’s a comfortable cruiser with a solid powertrain, a compliant ride and plenty of features,” Geiger said. “The brand’s history of strong reliability helps tip the scale.”
- “EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway; we observed 30.3 mpg combined (the second best mpg tested)”
- Most of the features that are “extra” on the other models, come standard on the base model of the 2012 Honda CR-V. You can look forward to the back-up camera, sunroof, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, and fold-flat back seats.
- While the car professionals had some negative things to say about the way the 2012 Honda CR-V drives, the real-life test family LOVED it and said it “drives like a dream.” The only way you’ll know for sure is to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda to test drive it yourself!
- Click HERE to go directly to the Verdict for each of the vehicles in the shootout.
- See HERE for the overview of the Compact SUV shootout.
Moving on to how the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout and some of the highlights we picked out:
- “The verdict: “Like the Camry, the Accord does most things reasonably well, and its nimble handling and eager drivetrain add a little excitement the Toyota lacks.”
- “Honda’s latest gander at a continuously variable automatic scores a hit,” Mays said. “The Accord’s transmission responds in a jiffy, serving up passing power in concert with your right foot.” Wiesenfelder “found it surprisingly athletic and light on its feet, closer to the Fusion than the others dynamically, but with quick, better-weighted steering.”
- One of the criticisms was that the cupholders “imprison small drinks.” I’ll take that.
- Comes standard with a back-up camera.
- EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway, 31.87 mpg observed
- SMS text message reading and responding (only car with feature)
- Go HERE to see the verdicts on each of the vehicles in this shootout.
- Go HERE for the overview of the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout.
So if you are thinking about buying a subcompact under $16,000, be sure to check out the 2012 Honda Fit. If you need a compact SUV, you must consider the 2012 Honda CR-V. And the real winner for critics and real people alike in the midsize sedan category is the 2013 Honda Accord. To test drive any of these vehicles, be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships!