FOR THE MA­TURE EX­PLORER

The Witness - Wheels - - EXPLORE - ROB RATHGEBER

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.

PHOTO: HONDA

The Honda CR-V — ‘the wheels of choice for re­tired gen­tle­men’.

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