Snow worthiness of the CRV?

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by alfred, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. alfred

    alfred Guest


    We just got clobbered with snow in New England where I live and I am at the
    point where I don't want to get an Accord anymore and want a 4WD vehicle
    instead. I heard that the 2008/2009 CR-V 4WD is good in the snow and more so
    if the car as better tires like the Blizzaks. Compared to the Jeep Liberty
    the CRV is more reliable from the reports I heard. My questions are:

    1. Can the CRV perform in at least 6-8" of snow without being plowed to the
    point where hill climbing is possible with the 4WD model?

    2. Are snow tires needed for snow performance in the the 4WD CRV?

    3. Any other comments that anyone has about the CRV 4WD in terms of
    reliability, ownership satisfaction etc?

    Jeep offers a 4WD option to keep the transmission in 4WD all the time where
    CRV does not and Jeep also has hill decent and hill accent controls which
    CRV does not.

    alfred, Dec 27, 2008
  2. alfred

    M.M. Guest

    Go over to and scope out the forums. There are
    several threads about CR-V's in snow, including some pictures. They seem
    to be pretty capable with the correct tires. Mine's a 2WD and we don't
    get much snow in the AZ desert so I don't have any first-hand experience
    with snow.
    M.M., Dec 27, 2008
  3. alfred

    jim beam Guest

    you should buy the jeep alfred. then you can stop wasting our freakin'
    time on the honda groups with your inane pointless blathering.

    [sorry jeep people, but if you take this drongo out to somewhere
    /really/ remote, maybe he can "accidentally" bust an axle and we'll both
    enjoy the peace and quiet.]
    jim beam, Dec 30, 2008
  4. alfred

    DougW Guest

    Probably not with a unladen 7.3" ground clearance.

    Anything with the proper siping and cut so it clears snow.

    electric doodads are no substitute for driver knowlege and skill.
    You best google what Full-Time and Part-Time 4wd means.
    Thanks to the power of Usenet every villiage can now share idiots.
    Heh. Sorry, but Jeepers haul out what they haul in. Even if it belongs
    in a plastic bucket at the tail end of the group. :)

    Actually for a offroadable car I rather like the Subaru Forester.

    The CRV's I have had were horrendously under powered.
    DougW, Dec 30, 2008
  5. alfred

    Lon Guest

    Now now. Granted anyone who considers the AWD of the Honda to be a
    4wd, may have a few challenges understanding the basic concepts.
    Or thinks Blizzacks can match cable chains or even Pirelli studded
    winter tires.
    Lon, Dec 30, 2008
  6. The CRV's I have had were horrendously under powered.

    Does it stand for Crappy Road Vehicle?
    Scott in Baltimore, Dec 30, 2008
  7. alfred

    J. Clarke Guest

    The Devil in me suggests "Clappy Rittre Vehicre".
    J. Clarke, Dec 30, 2008
  8. alfred

    News Guest

    Anything driven by a Crappy Nut Behind the Wheel would be...
    News, Dec 31, 2008
  9. alfred

    Tooomy Guest

    How I laughed

    Was it 2008 that US car manufacturers finally gave up trying to make
    vehicles ?

    no comparison with proper Jap cars is there :)
    Tooomy, Dec 31, 2008
  10. alfred

    Socks Guest

    Ya know... It's a Honda!
    At the end of the day it fits that market for those folks who long for
    that outdoor's look (Along with their Eddy Bauer "Goretex" parka)
    At the end of the day the CRV is good for that lightly snow covered
    gravel road that heads to to the 5 star resort. (Providing that a real
    4X4 has plowed the way and has a 4X4 senty to escort them when things
    get real)
    Other than that, It's a Honda...
    Socks, Jan 1, 2009
  11. alfred

    AZ Nomad Guest

    no fucking way. You'll be lucky if you don't get stuck 20' from your
    driveway. It's ground clearence is too little.
    AZ Nomad, Jan 1, 2009
  12. alfred

    News Guest

    I've owned both. Since it appears you don't really know, I'll tell you.

    Admittedly, we have few foot deep snow falls, but on the regular 6
    inchers, the CR-V works as well in the snow as a JGC, and since "It's a
    Honda", it's a heck of a lot more reliable.

    Oh yeah, we had to put the JGC out of its misery ... after 3 years.
    News, Jan 1, 2009
  13. alfred

    J. Clarke Guest

    Well, Hell, with 6 inches my Corvette did fine. Not much of a test.
    J. Clarke, Jan 1, 2009
  14. alfred

    News Guest

    Better than the Jeep, I'll bet.
    News, Jan 1, 2009
  15. alfred

    DougW Guest

    6" of snow is within the CRV's ground clearance of 8.5" providing it
    doesn't get packed enough to block the rear axle, but in all actuality
    it depends on the type of snow, drivers skill, and tire choice.
    Slicks ain't gonna cut it. I've seen high power cars trying to take
    hills with just a bit of ice. Lots of spin, no gain. That's why I
    keep a tow-strap in the winter. :)

    The ZJ has been through mud and snow up to the plastic door panels.
    That's well over a foot.

    Reliability is based on how well you maintain the vehicle. I'll wager
    that my 93 has shown remarkable reliability. Sure, I've gotten it stuck,
    high centered, sometimes had to go back and retrieve the rear bumper,
    and on one occasion had to do a bit of body work. :) You play the game
    you take the chances.

    Just this year I took the ZJ up to 33°17'53.86"N 106°31'52.42"W
    That was one of the least technical roads it's been on but it's not
    something the CRV could do without multiple stops to remove rocks or
    fill washouts.

    (note: that's not public land, don't even try if your not authorized.)
    DougW, Jan 1, 2009
  16. alfred

    News Guest

    And initial build quality, which in the GJC's case was shinola from the
    start. It was a lemon flavored hangar queen until it was euthanized.

    As have thirty years of Hondas. Four to be exact, including the present

    Sounds interesting. Find any missile parts or aliens?
    News, Jan 1, 2009
  17. in my job i have had the chance to drive both and the Honda doesn't even come
    close to the jeep especially when it comes to buying parts honda parts are much
    more money ditch the homda idea

    man of machines, Jan 1, 2009
  18. alfred

    DougW Guest

    nope. Unless you count the side trip to Roswell AAF/Walker AFB.

    Around that area is fairly safe but you don't stray off the road.
    Like most live impact ranges there are still live munitions out

    I will say this about the ZJ and quality. Part of the initial run
    used a badly manufacured transmission with casting problems.
    The Aisin/Warner 4 speed (AW4) was more rugged than the later 42RE
    Renault transmission. And at least one run of the 42RE had some
    serious milling flaws the lead to pump failure. Vehicle for vehicle
    if I needed a off-the-shelf 4wd it would be the older Range Rover
    when they still used solid steel sliders. Those things were built
    like luxury tanks. I don't think there is a vehicle out there that
    didn't have some problem in the first years of production.
    DougW, Jan 1, 2009
  19. Usually, a 'Vette owner is trying to emulate 6 inches.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Jan 1, 2009
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