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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
She says Lindy George December 2010 / January 2011 31 6446 Our last review on the CR-V was back in 2007 and although there’s only been a few tweaks and face-lifts since then, the CR-V is still worthy of another test drive. Take a look around – there’s a significant number of CR-Vs on the road covering quite a few generations. They’re considered, as are all Hondas, to be well-built, reliable vehicles. Sourced from Thailand for a few years now, there’s a choice of three models across the range – CR-V, CR-V Sport and CR-V Luxur y. If you prefer manual transmission, then the entry level CR-V is your only option, w ith auto transmission available across all three models. The 2.4 litre 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine in our CR-V gave us around 13.0L/100km – r ight on spec for urban consumption. There’s no diesel model available – maybe in the next generation. All three models come standard with front, side and curtain airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w ith Traction Control System (TCS). Rear park assist is standard on the Luxury model, optional on the CR-V and CR-V Sport and probably worth considering. For the ever yday drive, it’s a practical size around the city and adequate for the family road tr ips. It’s a comfortable, quiet r ide with minimal road noise – can’t do much about noisy kids though! You’ ll have the convenience of air-con, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, and a tilt/ telescopic steering wheel. I’m still not a great fan of the gap between the dash and console which requires a change in habit of throwing gear on the passenger-side floor! There’s a heap of cup and bottle holders and plenty of storage w ith a 40/20/40 split -fold and slide rear-seat giving you a ton of room even allow ing for a full-size spare wheel (rare these days). The double deck cargo shelf adds a bit more versatility for stowage. It’s a solid, well-built SUV with enough height to make you feel safe behind the wheel in any driving conditions. Although the CR-V is probably due for a complete makeover, it still rates well in the competitive SUV categor y with an entry level price of $33,990. ANCAP Rating ★★★★ Green Vehicle R ating ★★★ 1⁄2
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011