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2013 Honda CR-V VTi-L Review

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Honda CR-V VTi-L.

2013 Honda CR-V VTi-L Review.

There is definitely a recurring theme in my reviews – enjoying the base model more than the premium versions!

It’s not that I don’t enjoy the extra luxuries, or that I’m reviewing a car through the eyes of a miser, it’s just so often the lower spec models represent so much better value for money.

Take for example the Honda CR-V range. I checked out the base model CR-V VTi last week (you can catch that review here) and as a vehicle priced from just $27,490 (manual) I was very impressed.

If you find yourself wanting more you can upgrade to a 2.4L engine, which comes only in automatic and all-wheel drive configuration.

That is the very power train that the premium model – the VTi-L offers.

The larger engine delivers 140kW and 220Nm, as opposed to the 2.0L power plant which offers 114kW and 190Nm, and it obviously offers crisper acceleration and extra grunt.

However, with this extra power and torque comes significantly increased fuel consumption – I averaged 10.5L/100km in the city in the VTi-L, the smaller engine got me around using about 8.5L/100km.

Sure, the AWD is handy to have however for most applications the smaller engine and front wheel drive configuration would most likely will be more than adequate.

On the road the base model has a small advantage over the luxury model by way of 17”alloys with slightly higher profile 65 series tyres, the 60 series rubber on the 18” alloys found on the VTi-L don’t quite soak up the bumps as well.

Inside the cabin the main difference between the base and the premium is the leather trim, the VTi-L also boasts electric seats (with front seat warmers), satellite navigation, DVD player (no rear screens), push button ignition, paddle shifters and auto wipers.

The premium model also features active headlamps which are a handy feature.

Aside from that the VTi-L benefits from all the same positives that the lower spec models offer, including an impressive feeling of quality and tremendous build quality, once again though my only real complaint with the CR-V is the lack of cabin storage space.

At $42,290 the VTi-L stacks up well against its premium grade competition, but I honestly couldn’t see myself paying the extra dollars over the VTi – particularly when that additional fuel consumption from the larger engine is taken into consideration.


Engine: 2.4 litre petrol delivering 140kW and 220Nm

Transmission: Five speed auto

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: United Kingdom

Price: From $42,290

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