The all-new, fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted late last year with upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features. It continues much the same in 2013 as one of the most fun-to-drive and functional compact SUVs in the U.S.
Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V is an excellent balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or anyone with an active lifestyle. The interior is roomy and comfortable, with five passenger seating and plenty of storage space, including the large center console.
The CR-V model lineup carries over for 2013, starting with the exceptionally wellequipped CR-V LX with standard air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, rearview camera, color i- MID display, remote entry, 160-watt fourspeaker audio system and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The CR-V EX adds a number of features including an upgraded six-speaker audio system, power moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The CR-V EX-L adds more features including a leather-trimmed interior, 10- way power driver’s seat, automatic dualzone climate control, and a 328-watt sevenspeaker audio system with XM Radio. Available features for the CR-V EX-L include the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, or a DVD Rear Entertainment System. Real Time AWD (all-wheel drive) with a swift-acting electronic Intelligent Control System is available on each model.
The CR-V has a sophisticated powertrain with a nice balance of performance and fuel efficiency. All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine (23/31/26 mpg) with 185 hp and 163 pounds-feet of torque.
The engine is paired with a standard fivespeed automatic transmission that works in conjunction with the engine’s Drive-By- Wire throttle control to smooth shifting action, and Honda’s unique Grade Logic Control system can intuitively hold the most appropriate gear on hilly roads, reducing unnecessary shifting. The Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available.
The Honda CR-V body is designed to contribute to high fuel efficiency and vehicle safety while enhancing the functional aspects of the entry-level SUV. It has an aggressive, aerodynamic stance with deep sculpting of the bodylines and a bold front fascia. The highly rigid unibody construction combines with lightweight suspension components, noise insulation and aerodynamic features, including underbody covers and a rear spoiler to enhance a quiet and quality ride. Large five-spoke wheels (17- inch alloy for the CR-V EX and EX-L, and 16-inch steel for the CR-V LX) and bold fender flares emphasize the dynamic look and capability. Pricing on the 2013 Honda CRV starts at $22,695.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com