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Low optioned NX vs. new CR-V Touring

I need your opinions and thoughts!

We are cross shopping a low optioned NX (target price around 35k with a few select options) with the new CR-V Touring (target price around 30k).

Which would you choose and why?
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I need your opinions and thoughts!

We are cross shopping a low optioned NX (target price around 35k with a few select options) with the new CR-V Touring (target price around 30k).

Which would you choose and why?
Quiet. Audio system.

Even though the new CRV is quieter than previous generation, it is still relatively loud compared to luxury vehicles.

Stereo on CRV is very ordinary, even the Touring system.

Now, CRV Touring does come with safety features not seen on NX...so, if you favor safety over all else, then get CRV. Remember, CRV is NOT safer structurally, just that it has more features to prevent a crash than a base NX.

But, if you want a luxury car, then NX is heads and shoulders above it.

Frankly, i am tired of Honda (and Toyota) service...service folks still try to screw people every chance they get at every oil change. I hate that. It puts more headache on my wife if she has to bring it in.

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Interesting.. thanks for sharing your thoughts!

What about size/cargo space? Space behind the second row is super important (we would be using at least 1 car seat, so folding down won't be practical in most cases). The specs show CR-V has almost twice as much space back there... but I wonder how much is vertical space because of NX's roofline? I don't see much point in extra vertical space, how much can you really stack everything on top of eachother? Now if there is actual extra width/length that's a different story.

I hear you on the service issues, but that sounds like something more dealer specific than a general brand characteristic. I'm sure there are awful Lexus dealers and great Honda dealers out there.
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I hear you on the service issues, but that sounds like something more dealer specific than a general brand characteristic. I'm sure there are awful Lexus dealers and great Honda dealers out there.
All Honda dealerships are like that! Most high end luxury dealerships are straight forward in pricing...and you do not have to haggle every oil change!!
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But that's expected when you consider the vehicles the both of them are selling and how that changes things. So it's expected that both of them are like that.

Might be better to compare the dealership experience of going to both honda and toyota dealers.
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But that's expected when you consider the vehicles the both of them are selling and how that changes things. So it's expected that both of them are like that.

Might be better to compare the dealership experience of going to both honda and toyota dealers.
Yeah, read my post again. The bad experience at these dealerships (Honda, Toyota, Subaru) is one of the main reason why i went with Acura (and considered Lexus). My local Acura is great...very straightforward.
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Shockingly, 2015 CRV did not do great on NHTSA crash tests: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shop...CR-V&year=2015

Passenger side frontal crash seems to be the problem.

Lexus NX has NOT been rated by NHTSA.
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Thank you Thai, very interesting. I wonder how the NX will do.
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dbiegel,

If you haven't already, I suggest you read Motortrend's 2015 SUV of the year review. It may address points that are important to you. Happy motoring what ever your decision is.
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I appreciate all the responses. With some more research I ran into a bit of a wildcard: Acura is offering a pretty amazing lease deal on the RDX, basically $309 a month with $2,299 down, first month free. That equates to a 3-year total ownership cost of about $13k. For comparison, that's about 4k less (25% less) than an base NX lease, and I think significantly cheaper than leasing a CR-V Touring (can't seem to find lease pricing for that online). If you assume 55% residual value after 3 years, it works out to thousands cheaper over that time period than either a NX or CR-V Touring and don't have to deal with selling it at the end. Would never buy an RDX because it's due for a redesign but these numbers put it more around the price point of a mid-trim CRV which is very interesting.

Would love to get some more thoughts on these 3 vehicles pros/cons and what you would pick.
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