February 2015
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Morgantown, The Honda CR-V Resurfaces in Popularity


Honda CR-V

Being one of the top selling cars in its segment, the Honda CR-V is a five-passenger, compact crossover utility vehicle. Running on a four-cylinder engine, the recent Honda CR-V have yielded good crash-test results and reliability, making it a viable candidate among its segment which is also partly dominated by other well-performing brands such as the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox and Nissan Rogue.

Borrowing the same running gear from its predecessors which all the more reinforces the current Honda Civic, today's CR-V was last released in 2012 and now comes back with thorough revisions and revamps for its 2015 model year.

The 2012 model year of the Honda CR-V, considered its fourth generation, took the path of evolutionary revisions as compared to its previous models. Such improvements are visible on the exterior styling. Its interior provides a different feel with all its high-end materials and trims, coupled with an instrument panel that shares the same level as that of the Odyssey van. Other than this, the CR-V is also equipped with a more improved rear-seat mechanism which allows the occupants to fold the seats neatly forward without having to use power systems.

The engine was adopted from the last model year, with changes such as mating it to a five-speed automatic that not only provided higher horses, but also yielded out better fuel efficiency ratings. In totality, there really isn't much new when it comes to driving experience. It provides a reasonably responsive ride; however, it is weighed down by its new electric power steering system which falls short of providing the sharp, precise handling that the last generation offered.

The most recent CR-V was awarded with high scores of five stars from the NHTSA. However, this was offset by the loss of its former Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS due low score results in IIHS" newest set of crash tests.

To be fair, Honda has done its job in trying to update the CR-V's connectivity for this current generation. New standard features include Bluetooth streaming audio and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity for all the trims in the entire model line. Pandora streaming is also incorporated in this new infotainment system (provided that you have the right smart phone). Also, the new i-MID display allows you to view personal photos and is connected to a new Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system.

The Honda CR-V receives a massive revamp for its 2015 model year. Styling is trendy, plus the inclusion of a new four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is adopted from the Honda Accord, replacing the original five-speed automatic gearbox that it had. This new combination of upgrades result to an improved fuel efficiency rates and mildly above average acceleration. The totality of the whole exterior received some minor retouch, but the most significant and notable of all is its front end design which offers a more modern, elite look. Honda was also fair for the car's interior, as it too, received modification in layout and upgrade in the materials used.

The CR-V has also regained its spot as one of the Top Safety Pick awardees for 2015 after it received good scores on all crash test categories, even IIHS's newest front small overlap test in which the CR-V did poorly in the previous year. It is obvious that Honda has taken some efforts to improve its safety features as a part of its 2015 model year revamp. However, despite the IIHS top scores, Honda has dropped to four stars overall from the NHTSA testing compared to its previous rating of five stars.

CR-V History

The Honda CR-V was originally launched in 1997 to 2001, and was like most of the other previous crossovers in its segmentùplain-looking yet exuded the strength of the late Honda Wagovan. Running on a four-cylinder engine, the CR-V did not take much time to garner loyal buyers because of its durability and visibility, if not for its visual value.

The second generation of this compact crossover was sold and released in 2002. It had notable improvements as compared to its predecessors as it provided a much more comfortable, refined and responsive ride. This generation's models were packed with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, whipping out around 160 horses mated to either a four- or five-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual transmission was also offered as an option.

In the year 2007, Honda provided a total redesign for the CR-V once more, with this generation providing more focus on passengers as compared to the earlier model years. This was achieved through an improved interior that sends off the vibe of a tall wagon, or even a minivan. One weird attribute that most complained about in the first and second generations of the CR-V was the oddly mounted spare wheel and tile. For the 2007 model year, however, Honda seems to have listened to the cry of their loyalists, relocating the spare tire from the perch, and now to its hatch.

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