Honda CRV:

2012 Honda CR-V Most Satisfying Mid-Size Crossover SUV

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Best in Class 2012 Mid-Size Crossover SUV:  Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Owners of the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V Mid-Size XSUV give the vehicle an overwhelming win in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicles Satisfaction Award research with top ratings in forty, that is FORTY, of forty-eight attributes.  We won’t list all the wins.  It would take too much space, but let’s talk about the ratings of 4.5 or higher out of a possible 5.0 satisfaction rating points.  CR-V owners give the XSUV ratings 4.5 or higher in:  Overall Satisfaction, Exterior Size, Ease of Getting In and Out, Seating Capacity, Vehicle’s Reputation, Brand’s Reputation, Exterior Color, Braking, Handling, Reliability, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Features, Safety Ratings, Overall Quality and Durability.  There are only three ratings under 4.0 satisfaction rating points:  Recyclability, Collision Avoidance Technology and Price.  The CR-V 2012 VSA win is an example of overwhelming superiority in a very competitive product class.


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2007 Detroit Auto Show – 2009 Volvo XC60 – Pre-Shrunk XC90's Coming… Eventually

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As the pendulum swings towards smaller vehicles and ‘socially conscious’ consumers Volvo has decided to shrink some of their XC90s. Volvo will expand their Crossover SUV lineup to compete in the arena with vehicles like the Lexus RX350, BMW X3, Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV and Mercury Mariner (Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute). Some may ask… Does Volvo need another soft roader 5-passenger SUV positioned under its 7-passenger XC90? Is Volvo concluding like many manufacturers that multiple SUVs are required to compete in today’s auto market?
XC60 Violates Volvo’s Naming Strategy
Codenamed Y278, then dubbed XC50, the production version will be called the XC60. This name violates Volvo’s own naming strategy. That strategy, that they have been implementing over the past few years, has each hatchback, wagon or SUV having an odd-number – C30, V50, V70, XC70, XC90. The sedans are all “S” names with even numbers – S40, S60, S80. So, here comes the XC60 and throws all this hard work out the window. Wonder why?


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