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Our Used Honda CR-Vs, as Good as New

Honda CR-V

Used Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V was originally released in the late 1990s with a simple goal: to offer a unique substitute to the rather mainstream full-sized and mid-sized SUVs. It became an instant popular choice, especially with its car-based style, sedanlike handling and ride, and of course, its fuel efficient four-cylinder engine. It has immediately rocketed to the top of the ranks in terms of sales, and has long since gathered loyal consumers with its promise of a competitive price and spacious passenger and cargo room.

Until today, this compact SUV has lived up to its promise of offering the perfect combination of power, capability and of course, size. With more than a dozen different models that attend to specified market needs (some models offering more powerful powertrains, some delivering real off-road capacity), the Honda CR-V stays true to its more practical targets. It has consistently provided easy driving and family-friendly features, making it one of the best viable candidates in the SUV segment.

Honda CR-V of the Current

The current Honda CR-V is presented in its traditional trim levels, namely: LX, EX and EX-L trims. Even its base LX trim is pretty nicely equipped, while the higher trims offer extra convenience with its luxurious features. The EX-L also comes with options of either a rear-seat entertainment system or a navigation system. However, these options can't be had together.

Its powertrain is packed with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that kicks out a good 185 horses, capable of producing 163 pound-feet of torque, and is paired to a five-speed gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, while all-wheel drive is offered as an option.

The most recent Honda CR-V boasts of a long list of merits and equipment. To start off with, its interior is intelligently engineered, evident in its strong fit and finish. More improved than before, its ride is more comfortable and rather quieter. Handling and steering also adds to this long list of merits. One of its major setbacks, on the other hand, is its powertrains passing capacity in some situations. While the CR-V has proven its roaring acceleration around town, it somehow drags during passing and merging on gradients. To be fair, though, long as your terrain does not include many inclined roads, the CR-V should be great in providing the refinement, room and performance you are asking for.

Used Honda CR-Vs

Now on its fourth-generation, this current CR-V was originally revamped for its 2012 model year. Its evident revisions focus more on the evolutionary aspect as seen in its size, engine and basic interior that are almost the same as its predecessors. Significant improvements are found on the car's more comfortable and rather quieter ride, a backseat that flips down from trunk levers and, of course, additional features.

Trim levels include the familiar ones like the LX and EX, with the addition of the EX-L (the L stands for leather upholstery partnered with heated front seats). The 2007 to 2009 model years are able to spit out 166 horses, as opposed to the 188 horsepower that the succeeding years offered. All trims are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with options of either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you're one who is looking for the optimum luxury experience in a CR-V, then the EX-L should be a good choice for you since it has recently included automatic climate control, a power driver seat and premium stereo for the 2008 model.

Most reviews about the 2007 to 2009 CR-V commended it for being such a well-rounded model of the vehicle. Its merits include sensible and extremely comfortable interior, nimble handling and high ranking crash test scores. The interiors inability to full proof road noise as well as the engine's rather timid power may throw off some of the usual SUV buyers. However, holistically speaking, this CR-V model should make a great choice for a used compact crossover SUV.

Other than these, most expert reviews gave high praises to the second generation of the CR-V because of its refined and comfortable rides and competitively performing high powertrains, although the notable issue of road noise and speed was still present. Most critiques found the four-cylinder rather modest than they would expect from a four-cylinder; however, its reasonable fuel efficiency and smooth power sustenance offset these shortcomings. Overall, the CR-Vs second generation was holistically praised when new, and still manages to be a strong option for a used car in the market.

The first generation of the Honda CR-V compact SUV was originally released in 1997 and was produced until 2001. It was marked with a competitive price and offered higher cargo capacity and passenger room as opposed to its direct rivals in its segment. In 1998, a manual transmission was included, which was followed by a 20 horsepower increase in its following model year, enabling it to churn out 146 horses. A leather-trimmed SE model was included to spearhead the model lineup in 2000.

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