Honda CR-V is a flexible car that will satisfy most of your travelling needs. Whether you are: a single driver who enjoys peaceful rides to and from work, a family, or an adventure person in need of a reliable car to drive off-road, this is it.
Five Honda CR-V Generations
These cars have been in the market since 1995. Since then, Honda has improved them by redesigning existing models through face lifts, making them have five generations in total to date.
Let’s have a peek under the bonnet:
- 1st Generation: rolled out in 1997, the first generation featured compact crossover SUVs. Originally, the CRV used a standard all-wheel drive,
- 2nd Generation: Introduced in 2002, the CRV came fitted with a 2.4L (4-cylider) engine, with a horsepower of 166-hp. 2nd generation came with both manual and automatic transmission.
- 3rd Generation: These models came with the same 2.4L engine, boosting 166 horsepower but with no manual transmission. Instead, all CR-V’s had a five-speed automatic transmission.
- 4th Generation: Boosted a 2.4 liter engine with the option of choosing from all-wheel drive or front wheel drive.
- 5th Generation: This model comes with host of upgrades, notably two engines. A base engine with a 2.4 liter capacity and turbocharged engine with a 1.5 liter capacity. Transmission is either continuous variable (CVT), or automatic with 9-speed gears.
An efficient mileage estimate of the 2400cc series K engine is 42 kpl/ 52 kpl city/highway. The 1500cc turbo charged is 45 kpl/ 55kpl city/highway.
Acceleration and Performance
It’s important you know that good mileage is determined by how you drive.
In the city, you will likely brake a lot reducing the engine’s power, which could have been used to free wheel as in the highway.
So when done right, the 16-valve standard 2400cc engine should put out 184 hp, which is not that bad for your daily, long-distance driving. If you wish for more power, the 1500cc turbocharged engine would be a reliable choice.
The 9-speed gears, plus CVT, enable your car’s engine to restart easily and accelerate smoothly. The first gears allow an increase in acceleration at constant engine power, enhancing overall fuel economy. This is to say you get more speed but burn less fuel.
AWD or FWD
The Honda CR-V model is found in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive. And since it’s a sporty utility vehicle, its wheel axles are raised to easily enable you go off-road.
Body type and Interior space
The latest Honda CR-V comes with smart features like: two touch screens, wireless phone charger, rearview camera, collision sensors, and additional adaptive controls such as voice recognition.
Inside the five-door SUV are supportive latches for child seats that can be part of five passengers. Seats are dressed in leather and power-adjustable to provide legroom for tall adults.
Availability of a sunroof and an eight-speaker system warrants a road trip on a warm weekend, relaxed to your favorite songs.
Honda has included some smart driving features in the CR-V model to help you reach your destination safely. Some of them are: automatic emergency braking, warning systems of collisions ahead or while drifting off-lane, a blind-spot monitor, an adaptive driving distance control in traffic, and many more.
Honda CR-V Pros and Cons
- Spacious cabin with plenty of room for people and goods.
- Drives comfortably on or off-road with precision in handling corners.
- Efficient fuel economy.
- Solid safety measures.
- CVT-powered engine lenient to real commands.
- AI-dominated controls require an extra sensitive driving style.