(Note: My phone died just as I was getting ready to snap some pics, so here’s a photo courtesy of automobile.honda.com)
The cool thing about having friends with new cars is that I get to drive those cars. (I’m not affiliated with Honda in any way, nor am I affiliated with any Honda dealers… bummer).
Without further adieu, here’s the review.
Model tested: Honda CRV-LX base model MSRP: Under $25,000
NTSA Crash Test: 4 out of 5 stars for front impact and rollover, 5 stars side-impact crash test ratings.
IIHS crash test ratings: Good
Let’s face it. Most base models scream “Hey world! My driver is broke AF and this is all they can afford!” You worry that the grey plastic interior will crack during the first heat wave. The door gives a weak *plink* when you shut it, instead of that satisfying *whoomp!*
The base model CR-V, however, engages in none of those shenanigans. The first thing I noticed right off the bat was excellent workmanship throughout the interior cabin. Are you going to find wood grain inserts and glove leather seating? Nope.
You will, however, find soft-touch plastics and solid construction throughout. The model I drove had leather seats. More on that in a minute. Fit and finish on the exterior was outstanding.
Drive train: All models of the CR-V are equipped with a 2.4 liter engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that replaces the 5-speed automatic for better fuel economy. 185 horsepower ITEC engine. On the road, the CRV is eager to please and up to the task. I whooped it around the narrow, hilly streets of my community and was delighted with how well-mannered it was, even on the curviest of the local roads. Continue reading