Shame about the face
Frontal styling apart, you can approach a CR-V confidently
funky, with flowing lines and a pleasing profile. Unfortunately the front end looked at odds with the rest of it; in fact it just looked odd, and remains so now with its gaping mouth and protruding chin.
If the front-end styling was disappointing there was little else to be offended by.
The cabin was roomier, quieter and more comfortable, and with the full-sized spare located under the rear instead of on the rear door it was easier to load and unload.
The 2.4-litre engine was given a little more power with virtually the same torque, and there was a new six-speed manual gearbox available alongside the five-speed automatic. The four-wheel drive system was an ondemand type with drive effectively through the front wheels until added traction was needed at the back.
Three variants were available, from the entry-level wagon through the Sport to the Luxury at the top of the range.
Each was well-equipped with all the features most owners want in a vehicle today.
Safety was lifted to a new level with the addition of electronic stability control across the range, and curtain airbags on the Sport and Luxury models.
Honda justifiably has a reputation for building quality cars and the CR-V appears to be out of the same mould.
Apart from the odd complaint about paint fading we get few reports of problems with Hondas at Carsguide, so used CR-Vs can be approached with confidence.
It’s important, however, to check that any car under consideration has been regularly serviced according to the Honda schedule.
Hondas tend to need nurturing and neglect can lead to real, and expensive problems.
Unfortunately, in these financially challenging times owners are more likely to skip services to save money, so check for a service record, preferably one from a Honda dealer or independent Honda specialist, or at the very least a reputable mechanic. If there is any doubt about the servicing of a car, shop elsewhere.
We have received the odd report about a vibration in the driveline at quite low kilometres, which was diagnosed as the clutch packs in the rear differential engaging and disengaging, and rectified by changing the oil in the diff. Such occurrences don’t appear to be widespread but keep it in mind when road testing a car before purchase.
Also inspect the tyres for uneven wear that could suggest a wheel alignment is in order.
Bigger, quieter, more comfortable, well built and reliable, but plug ugly.
Funky: The updated CR-V has flowing lines, a pleasing profile and clever loading options (below)