Honda CR-V is believed to be the first small SUV in Indian market. Being in a Honda CR-V suits at every occasion be it a red-carpet event, a corporate presentation or a match of golf. Honda CR-V is not just a four-wheel SUV, it is a status symbol. There are many schools of thoughts in this regard but most probably, CR-V is an acronym which stands for ‘Civic Recreation Vehicle’ as suggested by many sources. This is because it is evident that CR-V is based on Honda Civic sedan.
Honda CR-V crossover was first introduced in 1996 by Honda Motors globally. This is the only SUV offered by Honda India till date. Honda produces the vehicle in Japan and UK for most of the markets across the globe. In India also, CR-V is brought as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) and this reason speaks for the voluminous price of Honda’s SUV. Honda has recently unveiled the new 4th generation CR-V. As seen from the pictures, styling of the new car is a departure from the current model with the new model looking more menacing.
Instrumental panel inside the car is well designed and very easy to be controlled. With enough cargo space it is equipped with many convenient features along with a foldable picnic table under the trunk carpet. For normal conditions Honda CR-V is powered by front wheels. In harsh situations rear wheels can also be made to use. As the front wheels lose traction and start slipping, the rear wheels kick in to help. This is accomplished through the use of viscous clutch to engage the rear wheels. A high ground clearance of 185 mm gives this SUV a manly appearance; although the looks are softer when compared to extremely masculine Toyota Fortuner or Chevrolet Captiva SUVs. There are number of cup holders and storage compartments, there is even a storage box under the front passenger's seat. The rear seats fold almost flat for extra cargo space. It is available in both front and four-wheel drive.
Very stylish interiors, powerful engine and many safety features like front seat airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags (total 6), antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and vehicle stability assist with traction control are the major attraction in Honda CR-V. The G-CON technology used in Honda CR-V provides a safe driving experience. It goes a step ahead and re-examines the frame structure thus allowing the collision energy to be absorbed and dispersed. CR-V’s crash compatibility seeks to enhance self-protective performance while reducing the extent of car-to-car collision damage. With FCX Clarity (Fuel cell vehicle), Honda CR-V is world’s first dedicated platform hydrogen powered vehicle with zero emission. Innovative ideas like FCX Clarity have pushed mobility beyond the realms of the conventional car.
It was one of the first small car-like SUVs in the market. Many customers appreciate the unique combination of low fuel consumption, four-wheel drive, spacious interior and reliability. Thanks to light yet tensile monocoque construction and light weight (1475 kg for 2WD and 1595 for 4WD AT); the Honda CR-V has very predictable car-like handling. However, the 2012 CR-V will be built on an all-new platform which should further improve the CR-V’s renowned car-like handling. The Honda’s all-wheel drive system is very helpful on slippery roads, although it's not designed for real off-road adventures.
Current Honda CR-V is powered by i-VTEC 2.0 litre and other 2.4 litre petrol engine. The one with 2.0 litre engine is two wheel drive. The engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission. The other with higher capacity engine is real time four wheel drive version which also gets an option of 5 speed automatic transmission in addition to basic 6 speed manual transmission. While the former churns out a maximum power output of 143 Ps, the latter gives out 161 Ps of power.Honda CR V 2.0L 2WD MT
Honda CR V Mileage
Editor's Take : The CR-V being petrol SUV, the fuel-efficiency isn’t phenomenal. However, it is decent for a vehicle of its size. It still depends a lot on the way you drive.
It is crucial for any car to deliver great mileage and doesn’t burn a hole in consumers’ pocket. Honda India kept this point on top priority and made its petrol engine quite frugal. The 2.0 litre of i-VTEC petrol engine promises to deliver 8.5 km per litre of mileage, while the 2.4 litre of i-VTEC petrol engine with six speed manual transmission generates a decent fuel economy of 7.5 km per litre and the one with automatic gearbox delivers an impressive mileage of 7 km per litre. With such a remarkable mileage, Honda CR V is easy to maintain and smooth to drive.
Power of Honda CR V
Editor's Take : The power produced by the 2.4-litre CR-V is definitely more than that of the 2.0-litre, however the smaller engine with manual is good fun to drive around.
Honda is one of the most reputed and popular car makers across the globe and its Honda CR-V is said to be amongst the best ones compact SUV present in the market right now. This SUV is available in 3 variants, which are blessed with powerful, dynamic and robust engine option. So far, Honda CR V is offered only in petrol version and apparently, the diesel version of this SUV is right now under process. However, talking about the petrol variants, Honda CR V proffers 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre of petrol engine. The 2.0 litre of i-VTEC petrol engine is capable of churning out 143 BHP of peak power at 6000 rpm along with 190 Nm of torque at the rate of 4200 rpm. On the other hand, The 2.4 litre of i-VTEC of petrol engine is certainly enhanced and superior to 2.0 litre of i-VTEC engine. This amplified 2.4 litre of –VTEC of petrol engine churns out maximum power of 161 BHP of crest power at 5800 rpm and 218 Nm of peak torque at the rate of 4200 rpm. The engines have been intelligently mated with 6 speed manual transmission. If you can speed some extra bucks on your car, then Honda India is offering Honda CR-V with five speed automatic transmission that would amplify the entire driving experience for the owner.
Honda CR V Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Honda CR V
Sparking Brown Metallic
Alabaster Silver Metallic
Carnelian Red Pearl
Urban Titanium Metallic
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's Take : The acceleration produced by the CR-V is sufficient for instant overtaking manoeuvres and is faster than most of the competition.
Honda CR-V has great pick-up and acceleration, which make the owner experience the best and smoothest drive even on rugged and rough Indian terrains. The new Honda CR-V is smooth and quick on the roads and make sure that the driver as well as the passengers experience the best ride of their life. The SUV doesn’t take up much time in touching its top speed. Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD MT, which is powered with 2.4 litre of i-VTEC petrol engine touches the 100 km per hour of speed mark in merely 12 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km per hour. On the other hand, Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD AT has a top speed of 190 km per hour and it consumers just 14 seconds to touch the 100 km per hour mark. The base variant of Honda CRV, which is Honda CR-V 2.0 L 2WD MT also delivers great pick-up and acceleration with a top speed of 190 km per hour.
Honda CR V Exteriors
Honda Motors has delivered everything it is expected of in the new Honda CR-V leaving a strong stamp of a reliable firm. The premium image of the car is carried forward with the amazing road presence well balanced with the softer touches to evolve out as a perfect blend of macho image and a perfect family car. The prominent looking grille in the two step format adds character to the SUV with the new sharper looking four bulb halogen headlamps blending into the grille that offers perfect symmetry to the car. The fog lamps are oval in appearance and gel with the overall fascia of CR-V. The side skirts running from the front to the rear end of the car endows a muscled look toning down the bulky image it carries. The whole new look at the rear end is endowed by the elongated ensemble of the tail lamps. The center of the attraction is the electrically operated sunroof which offers a panoramic view of the sky above, filtering the benefits of the surrounding natural light for the occupants inside. The body-colored power operated external side rear view mirrors come integrated with the turn indicators which are foldable when not in use. The raked slanting windscreen in green tinted glass is just too right for the driver to have an unhindered view of the road ahead without being too bright on an extremely sunny day at the same time adding to the rugged image of the car. The 17” ten spoke alloy wheels are just perfect to offer good grip on the roads especially on the most difficult terrains including mountain ranges.
The power-packed performance with the high ground clearance makes it ideal to explore the off- roading capabilities of the new SUV. The contrasting aluminium colored strip running at the seam of the car is basically a scratch resistant surface where the mud splashes incurred during the adventurous rides could be easily wiped off without spoiling the dazzling new surface of the body. The new SUV is just suitable for the young and old alike to carry out the tasks without much effort from the driver’s side.
On an overall the car weighs 1475 kg for the 2.0 L two-wheel drive variant while the four-wheel drive 2.4 L variant measures 1565 kg in weight in the MT Variant and an additional 30 kg taking it up to 1595 kg for the 2.4 L 4x4 AT variant. The SUV measures 4575 mm in length, 1820 mm in width and 1680 mm in height with the 225/65 R 17 inch alloy wheels measuring and offers a reasonable ground clearance of 185 mm which has been considerably reduced to the 197 mm in comparison. The wheelbase is 2620 mm.
Honda CR V Interior
Editor's Take : The interiors of the CR-V are well equipped and have good space. We like the quality of the plastics and the leather upholstery as well. The fit and finish is top notch and so is the feel of the other materials.
The new premium Honda CR-V comes with a comfortable accommodation for five passengers saving up the rest of the space for the ethereal comforts to surpass the imagination of the passengers. The passenger comforts are taken care of without excluding a slightest detail which in-turn could turn out to be a disadvantage to the passengers aboard. The new Honda CR-V interiors reside in a different class altogether when compared with the old Honda CR-V. All the luxury class features are included in the car to make the owner proud with endless list of features to boast about. The interiors of the car are spectacular with the soft tones of ivory and black leather upholstery that matches up with the premium image it carries on the exteriors. The intelligently laid out interiors with just about in the right ratio of 40:20:40 with ample room for the front occupants, sufficient legroom for the rear seat passengers and around the same space as the cockpit for the boot area to dump enough luggage for long drives offers a very interesting prospect.
Right from the sunglass holder, a vanity mirror with a thoughtful addition of the light have been included which just accounts for the minimum effort from Honda against the extreme measures it has taken to keep the passengers happy. The central console offers enough room to carry as many as 12 CD cases to provide everlasting entertainment on the car. The 8-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats offer supreme comfort being easy on the soaring back on the long journeys and the sufficient leg room provides an enticing option to spread the legs forward and sit back and relax. The tilt and telescopic three spoke steering wheel endowed with audio controls on one side and cruise controls on the other is a boon to the driver who can multi-task without diverting his focus from the road ahead to replace the four spoke steering wheel devoid of the audio controls in the current SUV. The advanced audio system in the car comes with the CD player with Aux-in, USB port apart from the non-stop entertainment offered from the AM/FM radio that comes in the car. The soft flow of the music can be tapped from six speakers for maximum effect for the front and the rear seat passenger.
The wooden panel adds to the upmarket interiors the car is endowed with apart from the extended provisions on the central instrument cluster fraught will all the equipment to carry out the related tasks effortlessly. The panel on an overall is concluded in much lesser space squeezing out excess room for some more space despite increased amount of hi-tech gadgetry making into the instrument cluster. The LCD screen behind the power steering keeps the driver abreast with all the details including the temperature and speed among the other information where the driver can pick it up at a single glance. The Automatic climate control, a separate meter to track the outside temperature, particularly large foldable central armrest with cup holders for the rear passengers is something new to be witnessed in the new Honda CR-V. The central locking system and key less entry with response feature are simply class leading to enhance the comfort of the passengers to offer hassle-free ownership. Auto door lock feature which operates automatically in tandem with the speed limit takes the thoughtfulness of the Honda to next level in the new Honda CR-V. The power windows, power operated Outside Rear View Mirrors (OVRMs) and front and side Dual SRS airbags in total six in number are provided for the utmost safety of the people aboard.
Honda CR V Engine and Performance
Editor's Take : The performance of both the petrol engines on offer are good, even though the 2.4-litre has an upper edge on the 2.0-litre.
Honda CR-V has been blessed with very robust, aggressive and dynamic engines, which make sure that the car runs with great speed and without any difficulty. Honda CR-V is offered with two engine options, where both are responsive and extremely active. Honda CR-V 2.0 litre 2WD MT is blessed with a powerful 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and churn out peak power at 6000 rpm along with 190 Nm of torque at the rate of 4200 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission. On the other hand, The 2.4 litre of i-VTEC of petrol engine is amplified and produces maximum power of 161 BHP of crest power at 5800 rpm and 218 Nm of peak torque at the rate of 4200 rpm. The Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD AT variant features the very swift and inspiring five speed automatic gearbox that ensures high class ride and handling by all means. Users can pick the model according to their pocket and convenience.
What’s more interesting here is that Honda’s new advanced technology has proved its capability to provide the consumers’ that comfort and class that they have been looking for since a long time. Honda has smartly incorporated Honda CR-V with world class handling features and further the real time four wheel drive (4WD) in Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD MT and Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD AT variants has proved to be another success for Honda. The all wheel drive system with a powerful 2.4 litre of i-VTEC engine supply the front wheel drive function in normal conditions and driver could change to 4WD at any time, however depending on the driving circumstances.
Braking & Handling
Editor's Take : The handling of the CR-V is good and the 2.4-litre’s all-wheel drive means you do not run out of traction. The only thing that we are against is the light steering wheel that lacks feedback and feels slack.
It is very important for a car to have a strong and responsive braking system and Honda India has not behind in this segment. Honda India has bestowed Honda CR-V with a very responsive and brawny braking and handling system. The compact SUV suspensions come with McPherson Strut, Torsion Anti Roll bar and Coil Spring in front whereas the rear has double wishbone, Torsion Anti-Roll Bar Brakes and Coil Spring at the rear. Also, Honda CR-V is fitted with brakes of Ventilated Discs Type in the front and discs type at the rear. On the other hand, this compact SUV has also been blessed with ABS (Anti Lock braking system), which averts the wheels from locking up supports the car to keep hold of steering control by propelling the brakes quickly. The EBD or Electronic Brake Force Distribution system helps the SUV to balance of the front and rear braking distribution as per the vehicle load.
Handling & Safety
Editor's Take : There are several safety features on the CR-V, this include all four disc brakes, ABS, ESP, front, side and curtain airbags.
Apart from the safety of the car, Honda India has taken care of its passengers too. Honda CR-V is a very safe SUV for the consumers and has been made with Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure along with the G-Con technology. The anti lock braking system with EBD is just perfect with the 6 SRS airbags (dual front airbags, side airbags, and side curtain bags) are accompanied with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), which further makes Honda CR-V SUV a complete safe car. in addition to this, the 17 inches of alloy wheels makes the ride in Honda CR-V much more smooth and bump free.
Stereo & Accessories in Honda CR V
Editor's Take : The 2.4-litre CR-V gets a touchscreen infotainment that has maps, reverse parking camera, music system, Bluetooth connectivity etc. The regular variants miss out on the touchscreen and maps bit.
Honda CR-V is a complete SUV and is loaded with ample of features on the inside. The major highlight is the 1 CD Player, AM / FM player with Aux-in Jack/USB support along with Audio Volume Control. The six speakers are spread evenly inside the cabin, so that full entertainment is provided to each and every passenger in the car. Besides the impressive audio system, Honda India has provided so many accessories and comfort features in Honda CR-V, which manages to win many hearts. Some of the main accessories comprise of Independent Auto AC, Illuminated Meter with Drive Computer, 8-way Power Adjustable with Lumbar Support, leather Upholstery on the seats along with gear shift knob & steering wrapped in leather with audio controls mounted on it. Also the SUV comes with Roof Console with Conversation Mirror, Double Glove Box, Ambient Light & Map Light and Outside Temperature Indicator .
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Pros & Cons
Honda CR V Pros :
Very Stylish and cozy interiors, Powerful engine, Very comfortable and Spacious.
Honda CR V Cons :
Overall price and maintenance cost is high, Fuel economy is not good.
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Honda CR V prices were updated on 14 May 2013