2008 Honda CR-V Reviews — Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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High-dollar style in a compact-price SUV.

Once funky and cute, the CR-V has grown up to look like a high-dollar crossover. latest-generation CR-V, completely and re-engineered for the 2007 model is more powerful and more than the previous-generation models. Its new geometry delivers an improved and better, more responsive

The four-cylinder engine employs intake valve timing to horsepower and torque for acceleration and speeds and it’s paired a five-speed automatic transmission.

with the previous-generation CR-V, slightly more room in the seat and (in most dimensions) less room in the rear. marginally more cargo Everything by way of instruments, controls and is, respectively, logically arrayed, placed, and reasonably plentiful.

choose from three the basic LX, mid-range EX, or leather-upholstered which can be fitted with an navigation system that a rearview video camera for and easy backing. All have doors and seat five.

for 2008 are minimal. The EX-L now with dual-zone automatic control, an eight-way power seat, and the same premium system that last came only with the system.

Real Time drive is offered on all three The 2008 fuel economy from the U.S. government’s EPA the front-wheel-drive CR-V at 20/27 per gallon City/Highway, and the all-wheel-drive at 20/26 mpg.

All Honda models come with a four-cylinder engine and a a five-speed transmission. Front-wheel drive is four-wheel drive is available for all ($1200).

The CR-V LX ($20,700) with fabric upholstery, air cruise control, powered mirrors that fold, windows, power central driver’s-seat height adjustment, rear seatbacks that and fold, tilt-and-telescope steering four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo, computer/information center, a collapsible between the front seats, and steel wheels with tires.

The EX ($22,950) adds a tilt-and-slide moonroof; intermittent rear wiper/washer; steering wheel-mounted controls for a six-speaker stereo an in-dash, six-CD changer; cargo shelf; lights-and-horn system; rear privacy and an outside ambient temperature

The EX-L ($25,500) features seats, armrests, shifter, and wheel; heated front XM satellite radio with a trial subscription; and a front console with storage for 24 CDs the collapsible tray). New for 2008 are automatic climate control; power-adjustable driver’s seat power lumbar support; and the 270-watt, seven-speaker (including premium stereo that to come only with the system.

The EX-L can also be with voice-recognition GPS-based and a rearview camera. It is then as a separate model ($27,200). And the CD moves into what was the CD space in the console.

No other are offered, although Honda-approved available from dealers wheel locks; attachments/racks for kayak, skis, and surfboard; a box; auto-dim inside with compass; amplified speaker system; and backup

Safety features that standard include the required seatbelts at all five seating child safety seat (LATCH); front airbags; seat-mounted side airbags (to upper body injuries in impacts); roof-mounted, front and seat side air curtains (to head injuries in side and rollovers); and front-seat active restraints (to minimize neck in rear impacts).

For crash there are antilock brakes let the driver steer during stops); electronic brake-force (which optimizes braking front-to-rear during emergency brake assist (which impending emergency brake and boosts pedal pressure); Stability Assist (Honda’s stability control system attempts to minimize skidding in and tire pressure monitors warn of dangerous drops in pressure).


Head on, the Honda low, jutting jaw-like bumper suggests a rugged plate while pulling the visual mass downwards, its perceived height. Large, angled headlight housings the upper grille and bleed into the lower air intake. fender flares stretch out to tightly around the tires, the new CR-V a sturdy, planted

The side aspect shows clearly the latest CR-V’s from the boxy, mini-SUV Starting from the gently hood, the relatively fast flows into a roofline drops ever so slightly as it over the sharply tapered ending at the tailgate’s top edge, itself is pulled forward to a almost directly above the wheel well.

A strong line runs from the top of the wheel well back the full-round door handles to the side marker lens of the taillight. To us, it looks a little the Mercedes-Benz R-Class in the overall

The rear view presents of the classic SUV look, with a backlight bookended by the trademark high taillights and atop a tall and relatively broad, tailgate panel. The oversize plate recess will almost any country’s registration A repeat of the front end’s plate look masks the bumper’s mass and draws the eye to pushed out to the edges of the CR-V’s panels.


The interior of the CR-V focuses on function a bit of style tossed in to make interesting. Everything is in its place for the part, and everything feels the way it Quality of materials and fit and finish live up to Honda’s standards; trim pieces, however, traces of flash, those flat bits of plastic over from the seams of the molds.

The grippy, waffle-textured, fabric feels durable. The EX-L’s leather upholstery is, obviously, looking and likely more but no more comfortable. The front of the latest model have taller and marginally wider than their ’06 but are still short on thigh But to the limited extent the CR-V itself to sporty driving, the side bolsters do an adequate job of occupants’ upper bodies in

Not so the seat bottom’s bolsters, being clearly shaped for ease of entry and exit for restraining occupants’ posteriors. is, however, a most welcome pedal against which may brace a left leg as necessary and And the driver’s seat ratchets of an inch higher in the ’07-08 the ’06.

The rear seat is moderately contoured, the better to it to fold and pivot forward the backs of the front seats. The bottom breaks down with the shorter piece on the side; the seat backs, divide 40/20/40, into sections, meaning you can fold the or left side, the center or any combination of the three. Nice

The top-hinged liftgate is an improvement right-hinged tailgates, which the wrong way for curbside unloading at airports.

Dashboard and instrument are classic Honda, as in, friendly to eye and with the only mildly note the placement of the shift sprouting from a pod suspended the center of the dash. While as ergonomic as a floor-mounted lever nor as in an archaic sort of way, as one on the steering column, it is consistent the emphasis on flexibility in the front area.

In the LX and EX, the space between the front that might otherwise a console and floor-mounted shift is dedicated to a unique, multi-use that when not needed down against the side of the seat, opening a walk-through to the rear seat. The EX-L a more traditional, fixed console, with cup holders and space for up to 24 CD’s; although of this storage space is on EX-L’s with navigation, the console must house the CD as well. As if in compensation, a digital reader is still exclusive to the model.

Most drivers find the six-way adjustable and two-way adjustable steering them the best of all worlds: a posture without compromising visibility. A low cowl keeps the of the hood in view. Rearward however, sets no new standard and suffers some from the shaped C-pillars.

The rearview cam that comes with the nav system helps and is an added feature because it can help the spot children behind the though it lacks the guiding lines some others to help when backing parking spaces and garages.

and climate controls on the LX and EX border on in their simplicity and arrangement. rotary knobs control the that vary by degrees. are used for on/off or simple

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However, when in Park, the lever obstructs buttons for air functions and mirror heaters. And by necessity, the optional nav system audio and map display controls.

Comparing cargo space, the new ranks in the top half, regardless of the seating capacity. It als.


The Honda CR-V’s engine delivers competitive While hitting the gas in the CR-V snap any necks like in the class aspire to, it delivers most drivers need, if not And it does so reasonably smoothly, with less ruckus the RAV4, although for reasons of design as much as anything, not as as the V6-powered alternatives.

There is power available from the Mazda CX-7 and the V6 engines in other compact SUVs; the RAV4’s optional V6, for instance, out 269 hp.

The V6s pay a price in fuel economy, but not as as you might think: Against the 2WD CR-V EX-L’s EPA-estimated mpg, a 3549-pound, V6-powered 2WD manages 20/25. Four-wheel-drive of the CR-V and RAV4 V6 promise the same 26 mpg Highway.

The CR-V’s automatic transmission is a good for the engine. It’s not best in but well above average in of shifts, in controlling hunting for the gear when climbing and in holding a lower gear helpful on downgrades.

Honda’s Time 4WD is actually a car-style system, not a true off-highway-truck drive, as it incorporates no lockable case or ultra-low, off-road As such, however, it works invisibly allocating power to the slipping the least, although favoring the front wheels by

The Vehicle Stability Assist traction control. Coupled four-wheel disc brakes in front and solid in the rear), brake assist and electronic distribution, VSA helps drivers control in emergency maneuvers or in bad

The CR-V handles well, relatively little body in cornering. There’s also low head toss over and uneven pavement, helping to your passengers comfortable. aged railroad crossings at elevated speeds produced no sounds or gyrations.

Steering could be backed off a notch or closer to that of the RAV4, might improve directional and lessen the need for minor in corners and long sweepers.

levels were minimal. noise correlated with type and conditions. The EX-L did the best job of insulating occupants outside irritants.

Sounds under the hood, although low left no doubt the engine is a big and that it strained at times. wind whistle leaked the cabin from the outside and around the A-pillars.

The Honda is probably the best vehicle in class. Its interior is packaged the with seats that down to provide a completely cargo area.

NewCarTestDrive.com Tom Lankard filed this from Vancouver, British after his test drive of the

Model Lineup

Honda LX 2WD ($20,700); LX 4WD ($21,900); EX 2WD ($22,950); EX 4WD EX-L 2WD ($25,500); EX-L 4WD

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