Early on we knew we wanted a tow hitch on this vehicle. A hitch on something even as small as a CR-V is incredibly helpful, especially when doing yardwork. Renting a $18 5×8 U-Haul trailer makes hauling away a huge pile of dead branches a snap and makes buying mulch in bulk even easier. A pickup truck when you need it, and a comfortable, frugal small SUV when you don't.
We also bought the hitch for our Formula SAE team. University of Delaware has not yet dedicated a vehicle to its SAE car team, so the students do the moving themselves.
There were many times we were thankful we had spent the money on the EBC brakes when towing. The CR-V is actually a decent tow vehicle, but when towing over hills to autocrosses and dyno sessions, the occasional nimrod would cut us off. Cutting off any tow rig is a bad idea, even more so when it's a small SUV with a big trailer! The EBC brakes never failed us, always giving us all the braking torque we needed to stop in time. They never showed any signs of fade either, even on hot days. We put about 1000 miles on the brakes in towing alone and were very happy with the results.
The BFG ATs were bought specifically to help make this CR-V better off road. It does have 4WD (Honda's RealTime 4WD to be exact) and while it is not a rock crawler, it is quite capable in dirt, mud, and snow.
In mud, the brakes worked perfectly every time, always ready to stop our CR-V after splashing through a deep or mucky puddle. The slotted rotors certainly did their job, making sure the pads had clear access to our rotors, even after sloshing through axle deep soupy mud. Delaware winters may not be the worst in the world, but we have had recent snowfalls of 3 inches in the last couple years. Even in salty, slushy roads, our CR-V never once had issues stopping. In fact with the ABS disconnected and our grippy BFG tires, our CR-V became quite the snowmobile, giving us confidence in even the most inclement of East Coast weather.