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Old 04-20-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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CRV offroad?? You Betcha!

I am an avid offroader, my vehicle of choice, Toyota Tacoma 4wd modified for rock crawling. We flat towed the Tacoma for many years behind our motorhome, but wanted a toad capable of seating 4 in comfort, towable 4 down and able to do some mild off roading. We recently purchased a used 99 CRV and have been using it as our toad.

Yesterday, I made an opportunity to test it's off road capability and was very pleased with the performance. I took it up a seldom used and not maintained local fire road that I usually play around on with my Tacoma. I was able to negotiate the road, driving over and through deep ruts and climbing very slippery grades, covered with loose stone and dust. All were traversed with minimum wheel spin and no loss of traction, and at no time did I feel that I was even close to getting "stuck". Considering the limited ground clearance, highway suspension, road tires and lack of a transfer case, I was extremely pleased with the CRV's ability off road. I now have the confidence to use the CRV on the back roads we love to travel in the remote areas out west that we have enjoyed with the Tacoma.

While the CRV is not a hard core off road vehicle, it is capable of mild to moderate terrain in the hands of an experienced off road driver. And of course, the excellent mpg on the road and the comfortable seating for 4 is a big plus.
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I've taken our CRV on some mountain trails, around and over rocks & boulders, that were pretty rugged and and have not had a problem but I took the old jeep and/or Samurai on roads/trails that would really test and/or hang up or break the CRV. It's not a rock crawler but it will get safely off road as long as you use that good old common sense, no?
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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I've taken our CRV on some mountain trails, around and over rocks & boulders, that were pretty rugged and and have not had a problem but I took the old jeep and/or Samurai on roads/trails that would really test and/or hang up or break the CRV. It's not a rock crawler but it will get safely off road as long as you use that good old common sense, no?
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With no low range it does not have the power to get out of tough spots like sand or anywear that you need the torque of low range. Don't ask me how I know, even after my wife said "I wouldn't do that if I were you".
PS Make sure you carry your own tow rope.
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During one magazine test all the passengers had to get out and walk up the hill as the CRV needed a low range.
Won't keep me from buying one though but I sure won't go much off the road. I look at the AWD more as a safety feature for slick road conditions rather than true off road use.
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During one magazine test all the passengers had to get out and walk up the hill as the CRV needed a low range.
Won't keep me from buying one though but I sure won't go much off the road. I look at the AWD more as a safety feature for slick road conditions rather than true off road use.
I love ours. Easy to tow, light weight and gets around very well unless you do something a bit dumb like drive it into the very soft sand.
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I absolutely agree with all you folks. Glad to hear others take their CRV's onto rugged roads....with caution, and within the safe capabilities of the CRV.

I always carry recovery gear, tools and emergency supplies with me anytime I am driving in rugged terrain. Fortunately, I have not personally required any of it, but have willingly assisted other off-roaders who were stuck, broke down, or in need of first aid supplies or blankets, etc.
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I had to tow a Honda CRV out of the bush last weekend with my Jeep. The guy was able to get down the trail but couldn't get back up to the main FSR. The trail, not a road, was way beyond the capabilities of the car. It's so important to know the limitations of your vehicle and carry recovery gear as earlier stated if you're going to take it off road!
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