Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Honda CR-V.
The medium SUV market continues to expand and just about every manufacturer is looking to get in for a piece of the action.
Honda though has a vehicle that I think really stands out from the pack – the new Honda CR-V.
First launched into the Australian market back in the mid – 1990’s, the CR-V has built a strong following among local car buyers. Now in its fourth generation it’s not hard to see why it’s continuously popular.
The CR-V range is priced from just $27,490 and is available in two forms – 2WD and matched with a 2.0L petrol engine or AWD which is powered by a larger 2.4L petrol engine.
I had the 2WD version and must say I was extremely impressed.
The CR-V boasts a feeling of quality that’s simply not expected, and rarely found, in vehicles commanding such a reasonable amount of money.
Packing 114kW and 190Nm, the smaller engine performs well delivering a respectable amount of acceleration and adequate hill climbing ability. Matched with a very smooth five speed automatic transmission, the CR-V delivers great fuel economy at just a combined 7.7L/100kms.
On the road the CR-V offers a very comfortable ride and surprisingly good handling for an SUV. The steering is just a touch on the heavy side but is otherwise tight and direct.
Inside the cabin Honda has done a tremendous job of soundproofing the CR-V, this really helps to lift that feeling of refinement that this vehicle displays.
Speaking of refinement the CR-V interior is all quality. You’ll find nice materials through (especially on the seats), impressive fit and finish and just a really well designed cabin.
One area that could be better though is the size of the glove box and other storage areas around the cabin which are generally a bit smaller than you might expect.
In saying that though head and legroom front and back is excellent and the CR-V delivers a very generously sized cargo area (especially with the rear seat folded out of the way).
From the driver’s seat visibility front and back is excellent, the multi-function steering wheel is easy to use and well designed and the driver info screen is easy to read and navigate around.
Disappointingly if you want features such as satellite navigation, auto headlights or variable wipers, you’ll need to opt for the CR-V VTi-L, which frustratingly is only offered in AWD configuration!
And on the safety front the CR-V offers the reassurance of a five star ANCAP rating.
Summing it up – the CR-V delivers very attractive looks, great fuel economy, a well thought out and comfortable cabin and a premium feel at a very reasonable price.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol four-cylinder delivering 114kW and 190Nm
Transmission: Five speed manual
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $27,490