HONDA A RELIABLE PEOPLE-MOVER
HONDA’S CR-V has been part of Australia’s SUV landscape for more than 20 years, and has forged a reputation as one of the most practical and dependable soft-roaders on our market.
The fifth-generation CR-V arrived in July this year, meaning fourth-generation models, launched in late 2012, are swelling the used car classifieds as loyal owners look to upgrade.
These Thai-built five-seat CRVs are renowned for their familyfriendly space with excellent rear legroom and sizeable boot, plus a reasonable claim for ride and handling being truly car-like.
Don’t expect much off-road ability though, even with allwheel-drive.
If we look at the fourth-gen CRVs from their November 2012 introduction through to mid-2015 there are hundreds on the used market, a reminder that these were, for a time, Australia’s bestselling petrol mid-size SUVs.
Two petrol and one diesel engine were available (all four-cylinders), transmission was a sixspeed manual or five-speed auto, and you chose between front or all-wheel drive.
A trawl through the classifieds reveals all-wheel drive, petrols and automatics were the popular picks, and they’ve held their value well.
CR-Vs of this vintage start at about $17,000 for a manual frontdrive, while all-paw and more powerful versions can be had from about the mid-$20K mark.
Towing capacity is average for all at 1500kg. The entry-level VTi came with a rather gutless 114kW 2.0-litre engine and front-wheel drive. Goodies included 17-inch alloys, cruise control, rear camera, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
This spec was mirrored in the base all-wheel drive VTi that used a meatier 140kW 2.4-litre petrol engine and came only with an auto gearbox.
The VTi-S AWD version added rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel, satnav and rear parking sensors. The CR-V is certainly the choice for small families on the school run rather than dirt track adventurers.
Bonuses are an abundance of storage bins and bottle holders, plus an easy one-touch folding setup for dropping the rear seats to expand cargo room from 556L to 1648L. Comfortable, spacious and so far very reliable, the CR-V ticks key boxes for families. Iain Curry
Honda CR-V has held up well in the used market.