I like the looks of the new CRV, but there are two problems:
The CRV could use a bit more power. It's pretty gutless compared to a
Rav4 with a 6 cyclinder.
Discounts on the new CRV are awful. The best I can do locally is around
$700 off sticker. When the dealer wants $26,000 for a small SUV
(CRV-EXL AWD) that's a bit much in my book. Wait a few months, and I'll
bet the discounts are up to $1400, maybe more. Actually, a few buyers
claim they're getting discounts around that level already.
The Rav4 looks quite a bit roomier, and I believe 3rd row seating is
available. Consumer Reports rates the Rav4, Forester and a couple of
other smallSUVs higher than the CRV. MrB