The new Honda CR-V has more bite than bark
The Honda CR-V is not your typical 4×4. Built like a powerful saloon car, it offers practicality with off-road capabilities. Depending on your requirements, the CR-V is available with a 2.0 i-VTEC engine or 2.2 i-DTEC.
The 2.0 petrol engine offers 2WD for the first time, as well as the accustomed 4WD. Fuel economy also improves with lower rpm via the choice of a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
The 2.2 engine has increased power as it is built with all-aluminium, meaning that it is the ideal option for those who are looking to tow. An impressive 350NM of torque is available with the 2.2, creating the ideal vehicle with power with the quiet noise of a saloon. As with the 2.0 option, the 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission is available, though the 6-speed option would be recommended.
Safety & Reliability
The CR-V is one of the most reliable vehicles to hit the road. Packed full of features to protect passengers during their drive. Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System monitors the distance of the car in front, and the CR-V can sense a potential collision and prepares itself accordingly. An advanced stability control system also increases safety by preventing towed trailers behind the car from weaving. With these features, it is no surprise the CR-V finished 12th in the 2012 Driver Power Reliability survey.
The CR-V systems are modified with the press of the Econ button. It can deliver some of the lowest CO2 emmissions in its class, starting from 149 g/km. The 2.2 engine offers mpg of almost 50. There are some cool economy features too, with an ambient meter which shows you when you’re driving economically, lighting from blue to green depending on your fuel-efficient driving. This can help you learn how to save money with your driving.