Sure there are excellent vehicles from Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan and Volkswagen - to name a few - but in many ways, Honda’s CRV remains the yardstick for compact SUVs.
With its spritely 2.4-litre engine, brilliantly adaptable interior and modern good looks, the current CR-V lineup is a key factor behind Honda’s success in the Australian market.
Honda has just broadened the CRV team with a Special Edition model now on sale, priced at $32,990 (6-speed manual) or $34,990 with the auto. Based on the entry level wagon, the Special Edition CR-V boasts extras including alloy wheels, reversing sensors, roof racks and fog lights – that’s $3,000 worth of goodies for only $1,000.
Entry to the CRV family starts at $31,990, then there is the Extra ($32,990), the Sport model ($37,490) and the Luxury ($39,990). All of these come with the smooth six-speed manual gearbox – the auto adds $2,000.
As with all Honda vehicles, the CR-V features high quality engineering and production standards. While the CR-V doesn’t quite drive like Honda’s racy S2000 sports car, it is remarkably competent and a real drivers car (in a compact SUV way).
Visibility is excellent and first-time SUV drivers will not be daunted by its size. Parking and negotiating the CR-V though tight city streets and carparks is a breeze compared to some full-size SUVs.
Like the rival X-Trail and RAV4, the CR-V is not for heavy-duty mud-slinging and tackling the toughest tracks in the Daintree Rainforest, but is nonetheless a well thought-out and executed all-rounder. The versatile interior will accommodate the needs of most buyers and features plenty of storage spots for the odds and ends families tend to accumulate in their cars. Fitment/removal of child safety seats and capsules is drama-free thanks to Honda’s clever design and the ample rear seat room. Outside the CR-V delivers a distinctive, modern appearance.
The Special Edition CR-V is a limited edition so move fast to secure one from your nearest Honda dealer