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Darren Moody He says Honda CR-V 30 December 2010 / January 2011 To apply call RACT on 13 27 22, drop into your local branch or visit www.ract.com.au Terms and conditions, including fees & charges apply. Full details of this offer are available on application. B&E Ltd. ABN 32 087 652 088 AFS licence No. 236870 RACT has partnered with Tasmanian financial institution B&E Personal Banking to deliver you a great home loan deal. As an RACT member you will pay no application fee on any B&E home loan, saving you up to $650! So let RACT and B&E help you get a home loan that really rewards you... let’s get together. Home loans that really reward you Home Loan application fee The CR-V has a lot to answer for. It was one of the original players in the compact SUV segment back in the early 90s and definitely set plenty of benchmarks for others. Now there are more makes and models in this category than any other – and it just continues to grow. A testament to the CR-V and Honda is that despite being well into its cur rent life cycle, the CR-V still shades plenty of newer entrants to the segment. The 2010 upgrade has retained all of the building blocks that have contr ibuted to the solid reputation enjoyed in the marketplace, but further refined the total package. The one area that has improved considerably is handling. The mid-spec Spor t on test prov ided more car-like handling than previous models and ride has also been improved. One of the most sought-after features in this categor y is a high driving position to improve all-around vision. The CR-V delivers this with well-shaped front seats, but I’m not convinced by Honda’s decision to stay with the partial centre con sole. The 2.4L petrol-only engine offers typically refined output through the auto transmission, but like all Hondas does its best work well up in the rev range. This can have an impact on fuel economy – I didn’t see anything below 13.5l/100km. I’d have to agree with She that a diesel variant is well overdue in the CR-V, with most others in the category offering this. The industry standard in this class is becoming a six-speed auto, so the CR-V ’s five-speed also lags a little in this area. That said, it is a more than competent powertrain. Off-road, the CR-V is more than comfortable with a bit of the rough stuff and low-level 4W D tracks, but the highway pattern tyres won’t like anything that looks like a muddy surface, so wait for a dry spell before testing off-road capability. CR-V has remained all-wheel drive only, unlike a lot of the newer entrants that are offering 2W D variants as entry-level vehicles. While many of these compact SUVs never see a dirt road, the AWD option gives you that additional peace of mind on wet and slippery surfaces. The CR-V isn’t the newest kid on the block, but it does have Honda build quality, offers competent dynamics, plenty of space and excellent safety credentials.
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