Honda CR-V combines fun, functionality

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z Honda CR-V combines fun, functionalityCargazing.com Sioux City Journal
August 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V returns for 2013 as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and is distinguished by a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score. Along the way, it has also earned awards from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com and J.D. Power and Associates.

Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an unparalleled balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, a smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or anyone with an active lifestyle.

The CR-V model lineup carries over for 2013, starting with the exceptionally well-equipped CR-V LX with standard air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, rearview camera, color i-MID display, remote entry, 160-watt 4-speaker audio system and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The CR-V EX adds a number of features including an upgraded 6-speaker audio system, power moonroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The CR-V EX-L builds on the rich content of the CR-V EX by adding more features including a leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver’s seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with XM Radio.

Body

The CR-V has an aggressive and 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 quietness and ride quality.

Interior

The interior of the 2013 Honda CR-V combines a sedan-like driving position with abundant comfort and convenience features, and standout utility and versatility. The CR-V’s “small on the outside, big on the inside” packaging is the key to its appeal. The roomy 5-passenger seating layout provides plenty of space to stretch out, front and rear, and there’s abundant storage, including a large center console.

When it comes to utility, the low cargo floor and lift-over height ease loading, and the innovative Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback can quickly drop the seatback using release levers located near the tailgate opening or via a pull-strap accessible from each rear door.

The CR-V is well equipped with sophisticated instrumentation that includes an average fuel-economy indicator, instant fuel economy, miles-to-empty indicators, an engine oil-life indicator and more. A standard full-color “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) offers a range of customizable features via fingertip controls on the steering wheel.

A multi-angle rearview camera, standard on all models, provides a choice of three different views on the i-MID or navigation screen, offering more visual information for the driver when backing up.

Safety

Third-party analysis highlights the CR-V’s safety credentials. The CR-V has been named a TOP SAFETY PICK (the highest rating possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes.

Power

The CR-V features a sophisticated powertrain that offers a refined balance of versatile performance for city and highway driving and high levels of fuel efficiency for an SUV. All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque.

The engine is paired with a standard 5-speed 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.

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