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    We bought a 2002 CRV in December. We have gotten about 2 feet of snow in the last two weeks here in the upper Midwest (a nice change from several rare-snow winters) and have been able to test the CRV's stuff in slippery and snowy conditions. We put Bridgestone Blizzaks on it (the OEM Duelers were too squirelly in icy cornering).

    It is very stable in these conditions. We drove home in snow-covered roads last week when cars were going in the ditch. The CRV was able to continue straight as an arrow.

    My other car is a 95 Subaru Legacy with Michelin Arctic Alpin tires. There have not been any noticeable differences between the AWD performance in the CRV and the Subaru. Both sometimes present a barely noticeable delay in moving the torque to the back wheels. The CRV seems stuck to the ground a little more, which I attribute to the new tires vs. the Subaru's tires, which have seen several winters and aren't quite as snow aggressive. The CRV clearance is nice when crossing snowplow berms.

    When driving slippery highways, I like the fact that the Subaru has some torque going to the back at all times (vs. only when the wheels slip), but that so far has only been a plus in theory, not in fact.

    I will play around with the CRV more this weekend. I haven't done the low-radius controled spins with it like I have on my Subaru. If I have more to report, I will.

    Note that I am a Subaru fan, and before we bought the CRV, my wife brought home a brand new beautiful blue Forester from the dealer with a great price offer from them. We ended up buying a used 2002 CRV for the same price as the new 2004 Forester. Why? The Forester's back seat and cargo area were too tight for our young family. The roomy back seat, deeper cargo, and overall more breathing room cinched it for the CRV. My only hesitation with the CRV is the high center of gravity (rollover).

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    Larfbat - Welcome to HondaSUV...although you may have made this purchase as your "second choice"...I'm sure you'll grow to love this vehicle.

    I think you'll be pleased with how the V handles, even in "panic" type manuevering. Although any SUV gives concern for rollover, I have found the V to be fairly stable, even while loaded down with a Yakima gearbox on top of the roof rack.

    We look forward to more of your impressions....and photos too if you have access to a digital camera. :wink:
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    Welcome to the forum.

    FWIW, I think the Soobs are generally a more stable vehicle in slick conditions, but the CR-V's extra clearance has been a godsend for me.

    Best of luck with your new ride.
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    Yes, I too think the Subaru's AWD is a finer system. But hey, it doesn't really snow TOO much in the New Orleans area. I can only comment on our V's RTAWD being fine in the rain and occasional off road hunting trip.
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    I love how Suburu's handle in the snow. Seems like the driver has alot more control (due to the suburu being lighter no doubt lol)

    Ground clearance isnt much of an issue in the city because our streets get plowed pretty much as soon as the snow settles.

    Next car is gonna be a scooby

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    The clearance becomes an issue for me because I live on a short, dead end road. The plow often clears the main street, but leaves a berm at the end of my road. I have to scramble over it to get out.
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    I too agree that the Soob feels slightly more sure-footed on slippery or snow-covered roads (based on impressions from driving gf's Impreza wagon). However the V is still hands down better than any FWD or RWD vehicle I've owned previously. And the extra ground clearance comes in handy when it really comes down.
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    off topic

    we bought the V just because of the snow in the NE
    (we live in DC, not really NE, but still classifies)
    anyway, not an inch, and it is no march and no more snow
    ;-(
    however, for what it is worth, there were some flurries here and there and i puposely tried to spin the tires and the AWD just kicked in, in a snap. Awesome

    Where as my protege, i would keep doing it up to 30mph standing still, lol ;-)
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