Passion runs deep
The mums’ favourite keeps on keeping on, writes Craig Duff
THE CR-V is approaching its fourth year in a market filled with newer rivals, but the compact Honda is still a consistent seller. It also has a devoted following among the mums of school-aged children, judging from the number that crop up in streets near schools.
The Honda combines a high-riding drive position with handling better than some cars and a small SUV body that will still swallow a lot of luggage, especially with the optional cargo screen fitted. CarsGuide recently returned a long-term CR-V and can see why owners are so passionate about them.
THE Honda Sport gains alloy rims and a few vanity interior features such as a sunglasses holder in the roof console.
At $39,000 it is pitched into battle against the up-spec versions of the new and very capable Kia Sportage, the Subaru Forester and the Holden Captiva. The CR-V can still match them in the drive, but it is starting to date inside— the lack of Bluetooth is an obvious omission, and a six-speed gearbox would help fuel consumption.
The cabin is still comfortable, with switches falling where you’d expect them, a sound system you don’t have to read the manual to operate, and an airconditioning unit that was warm/cool within 90 seconds of entering the car.
THE 2.4-litre VTEC engine was good when it