Honda CR-V: The Civic Inspired SUV

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V has to be one of the pioneers in the compact SUV segment. It’s been growing great with age and has picked up a more premium dimension. Honda have added just enough premium to make it standout, but not to lead in that respect. The great part of this premium feel is that no sacrifice has been made to make the CR-V lose its identity. The Honda is a five-door, five-seat SUV that is hailed for its reliability and practicality.

What’s in a Name?

You may wonder what the CR-V stands for, depending on whom you ask you’ll get a different answer. If you go through Honda’s press info you’ll find that the “CR-V” stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle,” while if you are in the UK going through its sales literature it is coined as “Compact Recreational Vehicle.” Apart from these official names there are others out there who refer to it as the “Civic Recreational Vehicle.”

The History

The Honda CR-V first featured as a concept in Japan back in 1995. It was Honda’s first inhouse design job for a sports utility vehicle and it was designed by Hiroyuki Kawase. In Japan it was considered a luxury car as its width exceeded Japanese Government auto regulations. Later in 1996, it was unveiled into the North American market at the Chicago Auto Show and went on sale a year later.

Current Model

Currently, the fourth generation of the Honda CR-V was unveiled first as a concept at the Orange County International Auto Show in September 2011. It went on to feature as a production model later at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The CR-V then went on sale in the US later in December the same year.

Later in 2015, the CR-V got a facelift that gives it the Earth Dreams engine, which is coupled in with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The new CR-V also features improved safety, ride performance and fuel efficiency. Another major development is the “EX-L with Rear Entertainment System” trim, was scraped, with a new variant “Touring” replacing the “EX-L with Navigation” trim.

It’s important to note that there are rumors rife that the fifth generation will be available in 2018 it will be based on the Civic sedan, however with its own indigenous parts.

The Variants

There are a number of available trims for the Honda CR-V, they are:

  • LX
  • SE
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring

The Powertrain

Powering the CR-V is a set of petrol four cylinder engines and a single diesel variant of the same engine. The most powerful engine is a 2.4L petrol engine that is available in Japan that manages to turn up 188 hp. As for the diesel it’s a 1.6L twin-turbo that is available as either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed auto, and it manages to produce 160 hp. Transmission isn’t limited to the afore mentioned, depending on the model you can expect 5-speed auto and CVT also.

Honda CR-V


Sadly, the infotainment system seems a little cheap at the centre of the dash. The CR-V’s cabin isn’t all that awesome, however it is a significant progression from its predecessor. Inside you’ll feel that this interior is more catered to tackle family life.


The CR-V’s grille is great and is wide enough to touch both headlights. This does make the CR-V more aggressive as compared to its predecessor. It is a great design no doubt about it, however in a standoff with let’s say a Mazda CX-5 it wouldn’t rise to the occasion.

Our Verdict

A great car no doubt about it, especially when it comes to practicality. You have class-leading space for your luggage and rear seats. However, the biggest chagrin to any buyer of the CR-V has to be the price. There are other reasonable cars out there that can make a good buy.

If you are thinking of getting a CR-V you should start to budget from $ 23,745.

The CR-V is a great SUV, no doubt about it, however what does it need to reach the heights of the Mazda CX-5. Have your say, leave a comment.

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