This week, I’ve been joking that my new vehicle is on a slow boat from China. It was actually on a slow boat from Japan, but we got the call yesterday that my CR-V has arrived in California! It should be in Austin just after Thanksgiving.
After year and years of *talking* about getting a new vehicle for me, we did it. I wanted to keep my Malibu at least as long as John had kept his Civic — nine, going on ten, years, and I did! I passed the nine year mark with my Malibu in September.
As we started looking, we were in no rush. Once we fell in love with the CR-V, though, the rush was on! We considered the Chevy Equinox, the Subaru Forester, the Pontiac Torrent, and the Honda CR-V. I like the look of and Consumer Report ratings of the Forester, but to add the options we wanted increased the price beyond the level we were willing to pay. We didn’t even drive one. The appeal of the Torrent and the Equinox was the GM employee discount, since my dad is retired from GMAC. We drove the Torrent, but I didn’t like it. I did like the Equinox, though.
It came down to this pro/con list:
color (I loved the Granite Gray metallic)
gas mileage (30 mpg on the hwy!)
resale and reputation
It looks like it comes out all nice and even, but the Honda’s pros were much stronger. The “American made” ideal turned out not to be such a big deal as the Chevy engine was made in China and the vehicle was assembled in Canada. *Some* Hondas (not mine, obviously since it’s been on a boat from Japan) are assembled in the US anyway.
The 2007 CR-V is popular! I orignally thought I liked the green tea color, based on the website photos. I wanted to see one, though, before I ordered it. There were no Honda CR-Vs in the 2WD EX-L trims available. (Our friend and John’s boss, CTP, seemed to have bought the last one in Austin!) We drove out to South Austin to look at a different trim model in the green tea color on the lot. Turns out, I didn’t like it in the sun — too bright green. We headed back to Classic Honda in Round Rock with my color choices prioritized and peeked at their pre-order inventory list. They had two 2WD EX-Ls on the way — black and blue. I chose the blue.