It was great to meet you and Ginny too!
My wife still drives her CRV every day and loves it. For our Scamp13
trailer, the CRV is still a decent tow vehicle. Since it has the automatic
transmission (and D3 lockout), I think that your manual transmission
CRV was probably a slightly better overall tow vehicle.
If we eventually quit supporting some of the local activities of our
grandchildren and were to consider spending longer durations (months)
on the road, we've realized that we might(?) want a 16/17 foot trailer.
So, when we traded my older and higher-mileage "work car", my wife
suggested getting a vehicle that would allow us to tow a 16ft trailer.
Having driven full size vans and minivans in the recent past, my
wife suggested that she would not really want to do that again and
would prefer an SUV (or perhaps a small king-cab truck?).
My daughter and son-in-law drive Toyotas and like them. Like Hondas,
the Toyotas seem to enjoy an excellent reliability record.
My cousin retired from the Ford manufacturing plant in KC and gave
me lots of insight into the Ecoboost engines. Like my cousin, I was
fairly proud that Ford neither needed or accepted any "bail out" money.
Partially for that reason, for an "American" car company, Ford was
pretty high on my list. We will have to see how it works out over time.