The Honda CRV was introduced in 2003 to take over from the previous model available whose roots can be traced back to 1996. The Honda CRV is a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines.
This article details the Honda CRV SUV, specifications and options, where to buy new and used Honda CRVs and running costs.
The Honda CRV is powered by a choice of 2.0ltr or 2.2ltr turbodiesel mated to either six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. The new Honda CRV is wider, lower and slightly shorter than the previous version.
Honda CRV Engines:
The diesel Honda CRV, with its CTDi badge, is available in SE, ES and Ex trim levels with Ex providing most goodies. The petrol cars are available in SE, ES and Ex trim.
The Ex models, with both petrol and diesel engines, are also available with an advanced safety pack which provides advanced cruise control with collision mitigation braking system (CMBS).
The fuel efficient common-rail turbo diesel models will give around 43mpg on combined cycle, while achieving 50mpg on long motorway runs.
All this while producing an incredible 350NM torque at just 2000rpm, fantastic if your looking for a vehicle for towing.
The 2.0ltr petrol cars are mated to either an automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox.
Expect to get around 34mpg on the combined cycle or up to 40mpg on long motorway drives.
Honda CRV Safety:
The Honda CRV has a very comprehensive range of safety features. All models get Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic brake force distribution.
The Honda CRV has driver, passenger and side air bags as standard. An external temperature sensor will show you when it's getting dangerously cold outside. The Honda CRV has remote central locking, driver, passenger and side/curtain airbags.
Honda CRV Security:
All cars get an alarm and rolling code ECU engine immobilizer, deadlocks and locking wheel nuts, lockable glove box, and externally visible VIN Number.
In the Honda CRV you can take a lot of gear with you. The rear seats have a 60:40 split, fold flat, and can comfortably fit 3 people in the back. The Honda CRV boot capacity with the rear seats up is 556 litres up to the window line, drop the back seats and the storage space increases to 695 ltrs. The boot also features an additional 12v socket and under floor storage area.
Honda CRV Options:
If you buy a Honda CRV then you'll be pleased with the array options which come as standard on a Honda CRV. In Ex spec, the Honda CRV has leather seats available in a variety of colours. Heating and cooling is controlled by a dual-zone climate control system, which provides separate temperature environments for driver and passenger. The Ex models also get electrically operated heated seats for driver and passenger, which have two heat settings. Steering mounted controls include cruise control and remote control audio buttons.
A touchscreen DVD Sat Nav system comes as standard on the Ex models, it includes voice recognition and Bluetooth phone connection. The integrated Sat Nav also handles the in-car-entertainment system, radio and CD functions, temperature and air-con and other various settings. The Sat Nav system is quite advanced and can take you anywhere in Europe. The CD player in ex spec has traffic alerts and there's a socket for an MP3 player.
All cars get electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, front and rear arm rests. Other options include: reverse parking sensors, roof racks, dog bars, sports suspension and an integrated Bluetooth system.
Honda CRV Accessories:
We love accessories and with the Honda CRV you won't be left wanting with a great range of stylish and practical accessories for your new or used Honda CRV. The 'Premium Pack' provides you with Body Coloured Door Protectors, Protective Boot Tray, Stainless steel doorstep garnishes, elegance floor carpets, There's a detachable towing bar which works with the vehicles Trailer Stability Assist feature, and a 'Dynamic Pack' which upgrades the CRV with additional spoilers and sporty 19 inch alloy wheels.
Honda CRV Running costs:
The diesel Honda CRV is insurance group 10, 2.0ltr petrol Honda CRV is group 11.
Honda cars come with a 90'000 mile/3 year warranty and service intervals at 12'500 miles. Emissions are around 171g/km for the diesel units, 190 for the 2.0ltr petrol models.
Honda has produced a quality product and as usual with Honda's the Honda CRV has an excellent reliability record.
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