Pas­sion runs deep

The mums’ favourite keeps on keep­ing on, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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.

Value

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.

Technology

THE 2.4-litre VTEC en­gine was good when it

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