Thomas, glad to write about durability. I just hope that it doesn't sound like a Honda Ad. (I will say we have 8 relatives who drive CRVs, mostly based upon our great experience with our CRV and earlier Hondas.)
We've owned our Honda CRV for 8 years and it has about 175,000 miles on the odometer. It has a 2.4 L engine and a manual transmission. The clutch and every other part is literally original equipment. We have never had a repair to the engine or drive train other than wear items like brake pads (3 times), spark plugs (once) and tires
. The car does not burn oil. The temperature gauge hardly ever moves.
For the first 4 years of ownership it was towed behind our Motorhome. These miles did not register on the odometer but probably add 40,000 miles to the odometer reading and the rolling components, primarily the wheels. The clutch, shocks and muffler are all original.
For the second 4 years of Honda ownership we have towed three different trailers, a 1982 Sunline 15.5 with side bath, a 1995 Casita
16 with front bath and a 1991 Scamp
16 with side bath. The Sunline was the lightest at 2200 pounds and the Casita
the heaviest at 2800 pounds. The Scamp
weighs 2400 pounds.
During the towing years we have looped the USA twice (3/4 of the way thru the second), looped thru the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec, driven up and down the east coast twice. Trailer towing miles in these 4 years probably amounts to 40,000 miles.
Our USA towing loops include up and down both coasts and across the lower and upper tiers of states. During these four years of towing, 48 months, we have been on the road 35 months.
The durability of the Honda has been great. As well the mileage has been equally wonderful.. Towing the Sunline we averaged 20 mpg. With the Scamp
we've been in the 22-23 mpg range.
We have only brought the Honda in for service once to replace the spark plugs. (There was one non-engine/drive train issue. Our AC failed at about 60,000 miles, well outside warranty and Honda replaced it at no charge.)
As to overheating an automatic transmission, if we had one, we would certainly add a transmission cooler. On our motorhome we had a transmission cooler and I added a mister in front of it to insure it stayed cool.
Our durability has been great.
As to the second issue, safety, I have never felt unsafe for one minute driving the Honda towing our trailer. Any tense moment towing was always initiated by another doing some crazy maneuver that we were able to avoid. In both cases the Honda/trailer combo handled like a champ.
It's hard for me to imagine that there are a lot of $18,000 vehicles that are more reliable than our Honda has been for 8 years. It also seems that towing has done no damage to our Honda.