Facts about Honda CR-V SUV. The Honda CR-V SUV has regularly been one of the top selling SUVs since it came out in the late 1990s. It is Honda’s entry level SUV, cheaper than the Honda Pilot.
History of Honda CR-V SUV
The Honda CR-V SUV first came out in 1997. The first generation of the Honda CR-V SUV had only one trim level or model, which later became the LX line. The second generation of the Honda CR-V came out in 2002. That version added several safety features and provided more interior room. It is the second generation of the CR-V that was also subject to a recall where the power window switches sometimes overheated and caught fire.
The third generation of the Honda CR-V SUV came out in 2007. This version improved the lift gate and was the first model to support an optional navigation system.
The fourth generation of Honda CR-V SUV came out in 2012
Design of Honda CR-V SUV
The fourth generation Honda CR-V SUV came in three main trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L. The L in the EX-L stands for leather upholstery. The 2015 model year added the fourth line, the Touring line.
The basic LX model for 2015 included power windows, power locks, a multi-function center control, split fold down rear seat, the option for Pandora integration and start key/start. The EX version adds variable intermittent wipers, a security system, fog lights, a moon roof, blind spot monitoring system, and better sound system. The EX-L adds, aside from the leather, dual zone climate control, roof rails, heated mirrors and XM radio.
The top line Touring design came with an infotainment version that was standard for it but optional (and more expensive) for the lesser lines.
All models of the Honda CR-V SUV have around 70 cubic square feet of storage space, while many of its competitors have 40 to 60 cubic square feet of cargo space.
Performance of Honda CR-V SUV
The 2015 Honda CR-V SUV was available with a 2.4 liter four cylinder 185 horsepower engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2015 Honda CRV comes with a standard direct injection engine. Unlike some of its competitors, the Honda CR-V SUV did not come with the option to get a turbocharged or higher capacity engine.
The Honda CR-V SUV is available in all wheel drive and front wheel drive. Honda calls front wheel drive two wheel drive or 2WD.
The 2015 Honda CR-V SUV was rated as having 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
According to JD Power and Associates, the 2015 Honda CR-V SUV had above average reliability.
In 2015, US News and World Reports awarded the Honda CR-V SUV its designation as the best compact SUV for the money and best compact SUV for families.
Rivals of Honda CR-V SUV
The major rivals to the Honda CR-V are the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Acura MDX.
Trivia about Honda CR-V SUV
There was a special edition of the Honda CR-V in 2005 and 2006.
The 2015 Honda CR-V SUV edition has an engine called “Earth Dreams”.
What CR-V actually stands for, if anything, is not well established.
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