Honda CR-V is a return to the inspiration with a revised exterior design, far from the square design of previous models. Everything is much more fluid and modern, while the manufacturer has managed to combine style and convenience perfectly. If you look closely, the roofline looks plunge back because of the design of the windows, as is the trend, but in fact the roof is relatively flat, which keeps a great relief for the rear passengers’ head while maintaining a proper height in the loading area. This is an advantage over its Korean competitors, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.
Moreover, the Honda CR-V has some interesting elements in its visual signature, including the front grille, typical of Honda cars and taillights mounted on the top of each side of the tailgate, the main distinguishing feature of the new CR-V. By cons, which is less amusing is the tailgate handle and thus quickly becomes dirty and clogged with snow in winter.
Loading unparalleled space on board
All versions are pledged to a reversing camera and heated seats, rarely offered basic equipment in the competition. The instrumentation is clear and readable, while most controls the dashboard are easy to access and easy to understand. The whole is much less busy than in the past, a significant improvement. Rear passengers can count on excellent visibility than the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, it seems. In the case of CR-V roof line squarer and lower beltline at the rear contribute to this effect. In short, the vision is good, to the delight of occupants, especially children.
The wide tailgate facilitates the loading of the vehicle and must admit that in terms of space, the CR-V is the king. With 1054 liters of load (2007 liters with the seats folded), it beats all its competitors.
Under the hood, the CR-V offers little choice since all models inherit the same engine, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 185 horsepower for torque of 163 lb-ft. This is actually the same engine that powered the previous generation, but was improved so that it is slightly more powerful, but also more economical. Also added to the CR-V ECON system which, when activated, adjusts various parameters of the vehicle and the engine in order to minimize fuel consumption.
This engine is adequate and stronger than many four-cylinder competition but some offer better with optional engines. As for the transmission, you are entitled to a five-speed automatic for all CR-V. Why not a box six-story further maximize fuel economy? The only real choices you can make about the mechanics are on the wheel. Often, buyers are tempted to turn to a version of traction because of the price a little more palatable vehicle. In the case of CR-V, it takes a difference of a little over $ 2000. We say that AWD is not necessary and can do well, until it is at the heart of a snowstorm.
Despite what some may think, nothing can match the effectiveness of all-wheel drive when it comes to traction on a slippery surface. It is very simple to understand yet: the power is transmitted on four surfaces, rather than two. It is nice from a traffic light without slipping from left to right, to be at the wheel a vehicle more stable and more importantly, to be able to cross snow accumulations without getting bogged down!
The Honda CR-V has always been a major player in its niche and this new generation is only strengthening its position.