FOR THE MATURE EXPLORER
WHILE taking a leisurely drive on the Midlands Meander, I was asked by Wheels to see what the more senior gentlemen of that area considered the most desirable motor car for a retiree.
I took a quick detour into the various Amber precincts outside Howick and quickly confirmed that the marque of choice, by a long way, was the Honda, and the Honda of choice was the new CR-V.
And it is not just at the Ambers where this big Japanese hatch is popular. The Detroit
Auto News states the Honda CR-V has been the best-selling SUV in North America for 21 years running due to its stylish car-like design.
Inside I found many little touches that set this compact crossover apart in a tough segment. Built on the Civic platform, it handles well for my speed (and that of the younger fellows at the paper) with all the active and dynamic safety features you expect at this price.
The powered tailgate makes loading that much easier and I am happy to say the old wheelchair fitted easily into the back.
The leather-trimmed seats offer memorised settings for the driver and the power adjustable steering ensure all bodies fit. Modern, muscular curves; beautiful colours and sexy edges complete the package.
Prices range from just under R400 000 to R600 000 for the 4x4 exclusive. My view? Spend your pensions and enjoy your pleasure. • When not chatting up ladies in the Ambers, Dr Rob Rathgeber makes sure pilots are fit to fly in the Durban area.
The Honda CR-V — ‘the wheels of choice for retired gentlemen’.