Autoreview by Veeno Dewan

The Honda CR-V is a mid- sized SUV that seems to have been with us for an eternity it seems. And in its fourth-generation for 2012, Honda has seen fit to give the venerable CR-V a redesign and a multitude of changes.

Firstly the exterior is updated…but not radically. The side profile is changed and looks more substantial. The rearmost side windows and rear D panel have an interesting sweeping curve to round them off. The front and rear fascia are also mildly redesigned. All in all it’s a pleasant looking CUV. Structurally Honda has also improved the sound insulation so the Honda cabin is now quieter than previous models.

Honda has also retuned the suspension and ride quality for an improved ride.

The biggest changes are definitely in the interior. Thinner door panels allow for more interior cabin room. The dash panel and instruments have been upgraded and the leather trim and seats in our Touring model feel of a much higher quality. The cabin retains the familiar air of roominess and convenience and it remains a family friendly and versatile environment .

All Honda CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4L inline four cylinder engine with 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque mated to a 5-speed automatic, the only transmission used in the Honda CR-V. Priced
from $25,990, the Honda CR-V is available in four different trim levels, two of which offer FWD or AWD. The higher level EX-L and Touring come only with AWD. Select the Touring model and the navigation system arrives as part of the standard equipment package.

On the road, the recalibrated suspension set up is noticeable, especially at low speeds where the ride is much smoother than previous generations.

The AWD as s standard on the Touring model also adds a level of grip and security in wet rods and less than perfect roads and works well.

Cornering and bends are taken with aplomb and the Honda CR-V also has good highway manners with a decent run of acceleration and merging and passing power. On the urban grind the CRV proves to be easy to park in tight spots with its light steering and excellent visibility. Downsides are few and always have been, there is no V6 engine option, but then again the four-cylinder mill offers excellent fuel economy.

The CR-V is popular for a reason bringing the core values of a tried and trusted format, reliability, fuel economy and superb build quality. No wonder it’s a family favourite.
Highly recommended.

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