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The new Honda CR-V is a big improvement over the previous model, but not a home run
21 Nov 2012
HONDA says it has well and truly turned a corner after a long period of declining sales and product mediocrity, with the fourth-generation CR-V being the latest example.
Smaller yet roomier, better equipped yet with a cheaper entry price, and a whole lot quieter, more refined and safe, it represents a stronger proposition for buyers who have long abandoned the series for more sparkling rivals like the Mazda CX-5.
The latest Honda compact SUV doesn’t do anything truly spectacular, but it also doesn’t do a whole lot wrong either. We reckon it’s easier to recommend than the old one.
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Model release date: 1 November 2012 to 1 December 2013
October 2012Family Tree: CR-V
A MASSIVE improvement over the rather coarse second-generation CR-V, the RE series abolished the 4x4-like side-opening tailgate and exposed spare wheel for a roomier and more refined wagon body with five adequate seats, more safety and improved driveability.Get the full story: Honda re-arms the CR-V in its long-running feud with Toyota’s killer RAV4
Now made in Thailand rather than in Japan, three models were offered in Standard, Sport and Luxury guises. All were powered by a 125kW/218Nm, 2.4-litre, twin-cam, i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine, driving the front wheels (unless slippage was detected whereby torque was sent to the rear ones using Honda’s Real Time 4WD system) via a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic.
Sales were strong initially, but the CR-V was soon joined by newer-gen compact SUVs such as the Nissan X-Trail Mk2, Subaru G3 Forester, VW Tiguan, and more recently the Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage III, and Mazda CX-5, and sales suffered accordingly.
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