Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV thats space-efficient, fuel-efficient and comfortable. The back seat easily folds down and lifting cargo in is made easier with the CR-Vs low floor. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional for all-weather operatioseatn.

Redesigned for 2012, the CR-V was updated for the 2015 model year, acquiring a reworked interior as well as fresh styling. Hondas 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That combination is EPA-rated at up to 26/33 mpg City/Highway, or 25/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.

The suspension is tuned to yield a softer ride, rather than crisp responses. Steering is even and predictable.

The Honda CR-V competes against the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4. Judged by exterior dimensions, the CR-V qualifies almost as a midsize model. In addition to roominess, passengers can expect a pleasant ride, and even the back seat is impressively comfortable.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it Good scores on each test. The rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2015 model sunk to four stars in the frontal-impact test, but 2016 testing brought those ratings back up to five stars.

Additional safety benefits come in the form of standard and available features. All trims but the LX model include Hondas clever LaneWatch camera, mounted in the right-hand mirror. Whenever the driver activates the right turn signal, a dashboard display shows the view to the right rear, highlighting the blind spot. Its the kind of feature that should be on every vehicle. Active-safety systems, including lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control, are available, but only for the top-end Touring trim level.


2015 Honda CR-V

Substantially revised for 2015, Honda CR-V is a functional, compact four-door crossover with room for four adults and plenty of cargo. It comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, continuously variable transmission and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Five trim packages are offered with no options, and a new top-of-the-line Touring model.

The 2015 CR-V has a new engine, the same size but stronger and more efficient than before, and a new continuously variable transmission for a noteworthy 3-4 mpg lift in EPA fuel economy ratings. Suspension has been modified with a wider track and the body structure reinforced to maintain top safety status. The dashboard and console have been revised and the rear seat gets air conditioning vents. A side camera is added to most models. And the new CR-V Touring model adds a suite of active safety assists, power tailgate and 18-inch wheels among other things.

Honda CR-V arrives ready to use, with useful storage areas, simple controls, a split-folding rear seat with a clever system for folding it, and generous 35 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats. A backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming internet radio connectivity, SMS text message alert and a juvenile-monitor mirror are standard on each one. The Touring model comes with lane keeping assist, forward collision warning/mitigation braking, navigation, leather trim, and a 328-watt sound system with HD radio.

The CR-Vs new 2.4-liter engine delivers 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, all at lower revs than its predecessor. Fuel economy is near the best in class, with an EPA-estimated 27/34 mpg City/Highway on front-wheel drive models, and 26/33 mpg with all-wheel drive, on Regular Unleaded. A driver-enabled Eco-Assist feature intended to save fuel adjusts powertrain operation but still delivers full power when you ask for it.

Ride quality and noise levels are controlled so the CR-V can handle road trips as well as school-zone grands prix and restocking at the big-box stores. Handling is predictable and benign without riding as firmly as sportier crossovers do. All-wheel drive operates as front-wheel drive until slip is detected and more traction needed whereupon power is sent to the rear wheels. Although its 8 inches of ground clearance exceeds that of some four-wheel-drive vehicles, the CR-V is not designed for extended off-highway travel.

Theres nothing daring in interior design, unless you think proven, simple, pleasing to the eye and functional are daring concepts. Most upper trim is soft-touch with hard plastic dominant below, but texturing avoids any industrial look. Rear seats fold easily if not flat with the cargo floor with the pull of a lever, and the cargo cover can be removed and stowed on the floor so large items dont require leaving it behind.

Safety features include electronic stability control, six airbags and a predictive rearview camera on all but base models. The 2015 Honda CR-V has not yet been tested but its precursor earned a 5-star overall crash-test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Alternatives to the 2015 Honda CR-V include other small crossovers such as the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Some offer more than one engine, the Outlander a V6. Rogue and Outlander offer a small third-row seat.


2014 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is indeed a comfortable runabout vehicle, as some say its acronym suggests. A four-door, five-passenger crossover, the Honda CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional.

The 2014 Honda CR-V carries over unchanged from the previous year. Completely redesigned for 2012, the current version is the fourth generation of Honda's popular and widely acclaimed compact SUV. CR-V first appeared as a 1997 model.

The Honda CR-V comes loaded with technology, including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free phone capability and streaming audio. The rearview camera is a multi-angle system that lets the driver choose between a top view and either a 130-degree or a 180-degree view. Automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a premium, 328-watt audio system with subwoofer and XM satellite radio are available. Optional on the top-of-the-line model is a GPS-based navigation system with turn-by-turn directions.

CR-V's 2.4-liter engine delivers 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is mid-pack for the class, with an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg City/Highway on front-wheel drive models, and 22/30 mpg with all-wheel drive (which Honda calls Real Time AWD). An Eco-Assist feature intended to save fuel adjusts transmission shift points and manages acceleration. When a little more oomph is desired, Eco-Assist can be switched off.

Convenience features include hill-start assist, which applies the brakes when the car is stopped on an incline and releases them when the driver touches the accelerator. The clutch that sends power to the rear wheels on the AWD models has a pre-load function that prevents any initial slippage when moving off from a stop.

We found handling responsive and a ride that's solid without being overly firm. The Honda CR-V is stable, with little body lean in corners, even at elevated speeds.

Inside, pleasantly styled panels and trim pieces complement each other and show a consistent theme. Hard plastic surfaces are everywhere, however. Controls are functional and for the most part intuitive. The screen on the optional navigation system is large and easy to read, though the system takes a long time to start up. The Honda CR-V's low roofline reduces headroom. The rear cargo compartment is not perfectly flat with the rear seats folded.

Safety features include electronic stability control, Brake Assist, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensing, and front-side airbags. The multi-angle rearview camera displays its image on the intelligent Multi-Information Display, or on the navigation system's screen (if so equipped). The 2013 Honda CR-V earned a 5-star overall crash-test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Alternatives to the 2014 Honda CR-V include other small crossovers such as the Chevrolet Equinox, the recently redesigned Ford Escape, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or Tucson, the sporty Mazda CX-5, and the Toyota RAV4. Toyota entered the compact crossover SUV segment even earlier than Honda, with the 1996 RAV4. For several years, Honda and Toyota were the only members of that vehicle class, which began to blossom further after the arrival of Ford's Escape, launched as a 2001 model.


2013 Honda CR-V

The current Honda CR-V is the fourth generation of Honda's popular and widely acclaimed compact SUV. Completely redesigned for 2012, the Honda CR-V carries over unchanged for 2013. First introduced in Japan in 1995, the CR-V was Honda's first SUV and, according to lore, is an acronym for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle. A four-door, five-passenger crossover, the CR-V is indeed comfortable and is quite useful for running about.

The Honda CR-V comes with many technology features that consumers expect nowadays, such as Bluetooth-enabled hands-free capability and streaming audio. The rearview camera is a multi-angle system that lets the driver choose between a top view and either a 130-degree or a 180-degree view. Automatic climate control, leather, heated front seats and a premium, 328-watt audio system with subwoofer and XM satellite radio are available. Optional on the top-of-the-line model is a GPS-based navigation system with turn-by-turn directions.

The Honda CR-V's 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is mid-pack for the class, with an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg City/Highway on front-wheel drive models, and 22/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. An Eco-Assist setting helps with efficiency, which adjusts transmissions shift points and manages acceleration to save fuel. When a little more oomph is desired, Eco-Assist can be switched off.

Convenience features include hill-start assist, which applies the brakes when the car is stopped on an incline and releases them when the driver touches the accelerator. The clutch that sends power to the rear wheels on the AWD models has a pre-load function that prevents any initial slippage when moving off from a stop. On freeways and surface streets, the ride and handling is solid without being overly firm and stable with little body lean in corners even at elevated speeds.

Inside, pleasantly styled panels and trim pieces complement each other and show a consistent theme. Hard plastic surfaces are everywhere, however. Controls are functional and for the most part intuitive. The screen on the optional navigation system is large and easy to read, though the system takes a long time to start up. The low roofline reduces headroom. The rear cargo compartment is not perfectly flat with the rear seats folded.

Alternatives to the 2013 Honda CR-V include other small crossovers such as the Chevrolet Equinox, the recently redesigned Ford Escape, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the sporty Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota RAV4.

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