Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

2012 Honda CR-V EX AWD vs.
2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4x4
The 2012 Honda CR-V has been named “2012 Best Affordable Compact SUV for Families” by  In addition, includes the 2012 CR-V in its list of “10 Best Family Cars of 2012.”
“The 2012 Honda CR-V’s main goal is to be an excellent family vehicle and test drivers say that’s exactly what it is.”
·         Even though the 2012 CR-v’s 4 cylinder engine produces more horsepower than the 2012 RAV4’S 4-cylinder for better highway performance, it delivers better fuel economy (one mpg more in city driving and three more mpg in highway driving according to the EPA), saving money with every mile driven.
·         The CR-V’s performance and fuel economy are enhanced by its 5-speed automatic transmission. RAV4 comes with a less efficient 4-speed automatic.
2.       The 2012 CR-V is more “family friendly”
·         According to, reviewers say the 2012 CR-V’s rear seats are more comfortable than before and praise CR-V’s front seats “for having plenty of leg-and headroom.”  By contrast, notes about RAV4, “Long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel.  Testers are divided on RAV4’s seat comfort and driving position.”
· compliments CR-V’S “thoughtful mix of family friendly attributes.”  And notes, “The 2012 RAV4 doesn’t offer too many family-friendly features.  The Honda CR-V has a lot, such as a conversation mirror, which helps parents monitor the backseat.”
·         CR-V’s rear hatch makes loading and unloading easy and convenient.  RAV4’s right-side-hinge cargo door makes it difficult to load –especially from curbside.
3.       CR-V has proven itself more reliable in the past.
·         The 2011 CR-V has a J.D. Power and Associates Predicted Reliability rating of 9.0 out of 10 (Excellent) based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from J.D. Power’s automotive studies.
·         The 2011 Toyota RAV-4 has a Predicted Reliability Rating of 8.0 (Very Good).
4.       CR-V costs less to drive and own.
·         ALG estimates that the 2012 CR-V EX AWD AT will maintain a 56% residual after 36 months and 43% after 60 months. ALG estimates the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4-cylinder 4x4 AT residuals significantly lower at 49% and 37% respectively.[3]
· has estimates the True Cost to Own ® (TCO®) for the 2012 Honda CR-V EX AWD AT to be $2,300 less over 5 years at 15,000 miles per year than that for the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4-cylinder 4x4 AT.  That’s $2,300 that could be put to use elsewhere or added to a college fund.  (TCO varies by region.  Figures used in this comparison are for Zip code 98208.) [3]
Pricing (MSRP) for 2012 CR-V EX AWD AT and 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport I4 4x4 AT is shown.

2012 Honda CR-V AWD w/AT
2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport I4 4x4 w/AT
Power Moonroof & Daytime Running Lights
Enhanced Value Package $500
Rearview Camera
Standard Multi-angle Rearview Camera w/Guidelines
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror w/Back-up Monitor $475
Preferred Accessory Package $303
Conversation Mirror
Not Available
Hill Start Assist
Not Available
Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Nothing Comparable Available
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
Nothing Comparable Available
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg) (city/highway/combined)
ALG Residual Value (36/60) months
Base Price MSRP
Destination Charge
Comparably Equipped Price


[1] Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates.  Use for comparison purposes only.  Do not compare to models before 2008.  Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
2 RAV4 option pricing provided by
[3] Ratings were not available for 2012 models.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Honda & Acura Sourced and Made in America

Honda’s Local Auto Production
The percentage of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. that were produced at the companies plants in North America remained at 75% or higher for more than a decade.
Sourced in America
·         $14.4 Billion in U.S. parts and materials purchases in 2011
·         More than 500 U.S. OEM suppliers in 34 states provide parts and materials to Honda production facilities
·         19,000 companies supply maintenance, repair, and operational (MRO) services to Honda’s U.S. operations
·         Member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable with no more than $1 billion in purchases from minority- and women-owned suppliers annually
R&D in America
·         Honda has 14 R&D facilities in the U.S.
·         One-third of MY2012 Honda & Acura models sold in America were researched, designed, and developed in the U.S.
·         The new Acura NSX supercar was developed in the U.S. and manufactured in Ohio
·         First international automaker with the capability to perform “complete product creation” in America
2011 U.S. Production
824,000 Cars & light trucks                                            882,000 Automatic transmissions
936,000 Vehicle engines                                                407,000 Power equipment products
1,634,000 General purpose engines                         107,000 All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s)

MY2012 Vehicle Safety Ratings
12 Honda & Acura models earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for 2012.
Accord Sedan                                                      CR-Z                                                              Odyssey
CR-V                                                                     Fit                                                                  Pilot
Civic Sedan                                                       Insight                                                          Ridgeline
TL                                                            TSX (Wagon& Sedan)                                                 MDX