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Old 04-15-2007, 01:46 PM
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I am looking at purchasing an auto for a family member. The selection has been boiled down to either the Acura TSX or the new Honda CR-V. Does anyone here own either car and can you share the good, the bad and the ugly (if there is any ugly)? Thanks in advance.

Oh yeah, if someone has alternatives to these autos (same price range) feel free to share it. I can be persuasive if another auto is a better choice......especially since I am the one buying the car.
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I am looking at purchasing an auto for a family member. The selection has been boiled down to either the Acura TSX or the new Honda CR-V. Does anyone here own either car and can you share the good, the bad and the ugly (if there is any ugly)? Thanks in advance.

Oh yeah, if someone has alternatives to these autos (same price range) feel free to share it. I can be persuasive if another auto is a better choice......especially since I am the one buying the car.
David - both of these are great products with no history of problems - basically designed by the same engineering staff and share many similar parts. I'd go with the one that you feel rides, looks and fits you best. Based on their tiered pricing and Acura being a premium nameplate, you might get a better deal on the CRV. See if you can get the overall CSI rating for each dealership ionvolved. Are both dealers owned by the same owner? See my post about determining a good dealer - all of it applies....
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That's good news Glen. The car isn't for me, it's for my little princess so she will have to do the test driving. I have not even considered which dealer I will go to so I will check out your thread before I make that selection. I am partial to Acura as my wife has a MDX and I once owned the 1988 Legend ........ that was a very sweet ride for it's time.
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Tireless - 4/15/2007 3:17 PM

That's good news Glen. The car isn't for me, it's for my little princess so she will have to do the test driving. I have not even considered which dealer I will go to so I will check out your thread before I make that selection. I am partial to Acura as my wife has a MDX and I once owned the 1988 Legend ........ that was a very sweet ride for it's time.
I love hondas and acuras - worked for American Honda for 6 years and loved it..great people - and you take them in for a tune up 'cause you're feeling guilty...not because they need it....
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CRV
Cheaper to purchase and insure more Honda dealers for service more room.
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For your princess?

My nephew went over a guard rail at Christmas-time and his Bimmer 3 series flipped 8 or 9 times before resting on its roof. He walked away from it. Both the TSX and the CRV have crash test ratings even better (5 vs 4 star for the Bimmer), although I don't know how sturdy the roof and side beams are. Good choices.

You could also look at the Volvo S40. The reliability isnt up to the three above, but it goes slower , and that is a good thing for the parent buying for the child.
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The acura dealer will probbaly give you a loaner when the car is in for service, the honda dealer most likely will not. Not a big deal because they will rarely be in for service. We looked hard at the CRV when our Pilot lease was up - just was not big enough for me on the inside and even the top of the line model does not come with a power seat. That was an absolute turn off to the wife. The TSX is a great little car, but also on the small side, I believe it is comparable to the Civic, which by the way is fantastic litte car with the re-design this year. Currently we have a '99 Accord with 106K mi on it, tghe only thing we have ever done to the car is replace the battery, tires front brakes and timing chain (per service interval and since the water pump had to come off - replaced it as well) The car runs and rides as well as the day I took delivery of it brand new. When the lease was up on the Pilot = new ones were a little steep and we did not want to lease anymore. Picked up an '07 Accord V6 - absolutely loaded. The car is phenomenal, drives as well as any luxury/sport sedan I have ever been in.

We have also had an Acura T/L

Bottom line - can't go wrong with either choice, they are both built by Honda as Glen said and they both get thhe nod from me.
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Well, i don't know if this will help all that much with your choice, David, but i've owned two Acura Legends. Best cars i ever owned. Never had one problem with them and they drove like a dream.
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We have a Pilot, an 04 I think with 100K miles and my wife loves it, never had any issues. Bought our princess an 06 CRV and it is very nice, she loves it. She wanted the Civic but we decided on the Pilot in part because it sits higher and gives a better view of all the idiots on the road with her.
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Im looking hard at getting a TSX myself. Cant afford a new Bimmer, so the Acura is my second choice. My family has had 5 Acuras so far (3 TL's and 2 MDX's), and they are such great cars. I will actually be heading to the dealership next weekend to [hopefully] get one.
 
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My girlfriend has an Acura TL. I really don't like driving cars, but I like to tool around in that thing, with the manual shift selected. She's never had one minute's trouble with it, and it got all the highest ratings from consumer reports in their last Auto Issue. Never been in a TSX, but from what I understand, it's basically just a smaller version (I suppose like a Civic to an Accord?). The Acura no doubt will be a bit more dressed up than the Honda. I'd recommend it without hesitation.
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they sell the C.R.A.P. out of those CRV's, for good reason i suppose
good vehicle at a good price
plus cheaper to insure
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Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. I had assumed both models were good cars and the posts certainly validate that assumption. The lower insurance premiums on the Honda is something I had not considered. I also like the idea of a taller Honda (better visibility) given the traffic considerations in this town. I guess we need to do some road testing and see how that turns out.
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Those two cars are great for what they do. However, they are in two totally different classes. What are the needs of the driver? Sporty handling? TSX. Good utility and cargo carrying? CRV. This is not an apples to apples decision. With that said, if the driver's needs run toward a totally reliable, comfortable, adequately powerful small SUV (sort of), then the CRV is a great choice. My family has had four. They just keep getting passed down the line as new ones become available. The latest, top of the line model, is great to haul stuff or four people in total comfort. We also have a new BMW 5 series in the family livery and the CRV interior is just as nice.

By the way, our local Honda dealer has loaners for service customers.
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We just bought a leftover 06 Acura for my wife, she loves it, I'm not a car guy, and I don't mind driving it either, my brother has had 2 Acura's and love them!
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If your little princess is anything like my little princess you can expect a fender bender or two somewhere down the road. The TSX might be a bit sporty for a kid. I dropped down a notch in horsepower and sportiness and got my daughter a Jetta 2.0. Ask your daughter what she likes, mine didn't want anything too fancy, she didn't want to deal with the "little rich girl" stuff.

Of course, you could always just get her a Prius!
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drylee - 4/16/2007 2:12 PM

Of course, you could always just get her a Prius!
My wife and I have our standards.....and having one of those POS play cars in the driveway is more than we could bear. Moreover, if she is going to have a fender bender, I want to give her a chance of surviving a collision with a bicycle......Just Say No to Prius!
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i just couldn't resist. Actually i'm a little surprised that you let your wife and daughter drive.

In all seriousness, I'd get something as safe and slow as possible.
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I had a TSX for a company car and it was basically an econobox with an Acura badge on it. It got great gas mileage and was pretty quick with the auto trans. The down side is that it rode like crap, had a lot of road noise, was easy to get tickets in. The seats weren't very comfy either.

Between the two cars CRV/TSX I would go CRV all the way.

As has already been mentioned the Insurance will probably be lower. The CRV is much more practival. She won't grow out of it anytime soon. Let say she becomes someone else's "little princess" and ends up needing a car seat, she won't have to trade in her car. The most important reason I can think of though is at least a CRV can two a boat. (Small one)

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If you don't look at a Toyota RAV your nuts. My mom bought a RAV Limited V6 4WD 4 months ago and loves it. She looked at the CRV and the Acura also. The gas mileage she is getting with the V6 4WD is great. On the highway at 70mph she get 29-30, city driving 21-23. It does not have some of the toys the CRV does but her's has leather, heated, power seats, bluethooth, moonroof and it tows 3500lbs. She paid 28.4K fully loaded.
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