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Old 06-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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CR-V or Ford Fusion

HI all,

We're looking at selling the 05 jeep rubicon wrangler and getting a 2012 Honda CRV or 2012 Ford fusion. My research says both are towable 4 down.

Hate to get rid of the jeep, but wife wants something more comfortable. She's probably right.

We now have a roadmaster 'even brake' system. Might keep it or change to something like an air force.

Thoughts on these vehicles???

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Old 06-21-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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Can't go wrong with the CR-V.
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Well, I would lean toward the CR-V buts that's just my opionion. I would also lean toward th LX only because, less power options to go wrong. I have seen CR-V's with 300k-400k on them.
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CRV. on our second. I agree stay with the LX. If you get the GPS there is
Talk of the battery running down without removing fuses. Don't remove fuses
And have not had a problem.
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Another vote for the CR-V. I owned a Fusion and it was a fine driving and comfortable car. However the CR-V is, IMO, a better towed for several reasons:

1. AWD
2. More cargo room in the back.... we haul a cooler, extra water, dog stuff, etc. in the CRV's boot.
3. Fuel efficient
4. Very easy to prep for towing, especially if you run a charge line from the coach to the CRV battery, eliminating the need to pull a fuse.

The CRV is no hot rod but it has plenty of power. It has great rear seat leg and seat room if you have passengers. Also, for us folks getting older, it is easy to enter/exit. I actually got rid of the Fusion because the floor pan was so deep and the door sills so high that it was not an easy car to get out of.
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We've had two CRV's and towed both. Easy to tow and we never had a major issue with either.
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thanks all for responding. I did a little more research and found a 2012 owners manual "version 3" from Ford that said the Fusion is NOT towable. The original owners manual 'version 1' said it's towable. Go figure.

We're leading towards the CR-V. Drove a 2014 today, LX and EX. Pretty nice. Thanks for the input. It's appreciated.

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CRV, just be prepared to pay considerably more. Sounds like you are going used? 2012 model.
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Honda VS Ford

We have a CRV and an Element. Both have about 80,000 miles and have never been to the shop for any sort of repair. I do all the maintenance myself.

The only problems we've had towing it were when the DW left the navigation display on, which drained the battery, and the time she left it in Park instead of neutral. I suggest double checking every time.

Prior to the CRV we had an Escape. Frankly, there was no comparison in fit, finish, features and reliability. It was the first Ford we were unhappy with.
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Leaning towards new CRV but looking at everything. Color is important to wife (both outside and inside) so that's a big factor--. She does like the sun roof so that forces us into the EX, at least. Leather and navigation is nice but definitely not necessary, so we probably wouldn't go the EX-L.
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For what it is worth, the CRV is rated #1 amongst Affordable Compact SUVs by US News Best Cars:

Top-Ranked SUVs | U.S. News Best Cars

Ford has really gone down hill in recent years, ranking pretty much VERY bottom of every list with every vehicle type and category.

From recent personal experience: As a Lincoln man for many decades, my last good Lincoln was a 1994 Town Car. My current 2009 Lincoln MKS has been a continuous daily nightmare, which in spite of spending a month at a time at the dealer for resolution, even Ford's senior engineers have never figured out how to get it working properly. Many legitimate warranty claims have been with a brazen middle-finger salute.

No big surprise that the Lincoln MKS earned it's position as #13, at the very bottom of the list of 13 for Luxury Large Cars by US News Best Cars.

It will be a loooong time before we ever buy another Ford.
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For what it is worth, the CRV is rated #1 amongst Affordable Compact SUVs by US News Best Cars:

Top-Ranked SUVs | U.S. News Best Cars

Ford has really gone down hill in recent years, ranking pretty much VERY bottom of every list with every vehicle type and category.

From recent personal experience: As a Lincoln man for many decades, my last good Lincoln was a 1994 Town Car. My current 2009 Lincoln MKS has been a continuous daily nightmare, which in spite of spending a month at a time at the dealer for resolution, even Ford's senior engineers have never figured out how to get it working properly. Many legitimate warranty claims have been with a brazen middle-finger salute.

No big surprise that the Lincoln MKS earned it's position as #13, at the very bottom of the list of 13 for Luxury Large Cars by US News Best Cars.

It will be a loooong time before we ever buy another Ford.
Pretty much agree. I bought Fords all my adult life, primarily because I had a friend who was a long time Ford salesman and he and the dealer treated me right. Most of them were good but I did get a couple of dogs.

We know have a Honda CRV and a Toyota RAV4 and the difference in fit/finish and overall quality is apparent compared to the most recent Fords I had.
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Love our CR-V, pulls great, easy set-up to tow.
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2012 and later CRVs have the most level/flat hatch space when the backs seats are folded of any model. That was important to us carrying 2 German Shepherds. The seat folding mechanics work great too.

We opted for the Air Force One brake system Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar and a Blue Ox fuse bypass switch. I also installed a Towdaddy toad light system which did require some wire splicing but nothing horrible. They were bought out by hopkins and I would suggest you look at their Plug-N-Play Harness All works just great. The wire kit should eliminate the need for a brake relay switch if you were to opt for your own diode system or a separate light bulb. The brake relay switch is needed in the later systems because the way the CRV brake lights come on even with the key off. That can screw up your turn signal light operation.

65 MPH towing limit is ok for the most part because I don't go faster than that on purpose.

My brother in law and I installed both the base plate and tail lights in a day. He is the mechanical genius and I just handed him the tools. LOL
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