New Honda CR-V: Five Things You Need to Know

Honda has revealed its first official images and information on the new CR-V, successor to the popular soft-roader first introduced in the mid-1990s.
The new CR-V is set to go on sale in October, and pricing details are yet to be announced. Weve pored over the press release and dug out the filler to bring you the five things you should know about Hondas new SUV.

Its more efficient than ever

Few carmakers are dumb enough to release a new model thats less efficient than its predecessor, but Honda is still claiming 10 percent lower CO2 than the current model. Thank the updated 2.0 i-VTEC petrol and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines, and the fuel-saving ECON mode found in other Hondas. Expect 153 g/km CO2, and around 50mpg combined, for the diesel.
Honda CR-V side

Its definitely a Honda, right?

Is it just us, or have we seen the CR-V somewhere before? The back definitely has a hint of the new Volvo V40 about it, and theres a touch of Sportage (see the full Kia Sportage review here)about it too. Will the new CR-V fade into the background? Erm, probably, yes. Its not unattractive, but other companies have really raised the styling bar recently and Honda cant jump that high.
Honda CR-V rear

Youll practice the art of Zen in the quiet cabin

3 decibels. Thats how much quieter the new CR-V is inside than the old model. Thatll make it easier to enjoy the improved cabin materials and greater space, despite the car shrinking on the outside. Honda says the boot will now accommodate two mountain bikes.
Honda CR-V interior 2013
Since CR-Vs are used frequently on the school run, you can assume itll transport coats, lunchboxes, dirty wellies, prams and other child paraphernalia equally as easily.
Honda CR-V boot


The new CR-V is packed with three-letter acronyms. ABS and TCS are a given, but you also get Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Make room for another letter, and theres also Collision Mitigation Braking System and Lane Keeping Assist System. Lastly, theres Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering. We advise you RTFM.
Honda CR-V dash

Its built in Britain

The CR-V is an important model for Honda, with over five million sold to date. Thats why its heartening that the new model, like previous CR-Vs, will be built at Hondas plant in Swindon. The UK may not have many makers left to its name, but manufacturing is stronger than ever. Buying a CR-V means buying British.
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