Third Generation Honda: Performance and Practicality Combined

The third generation Honda CR-V was completely redesigned for 2007 and targets the women with children. Built on the highly esteemed Civic platform the small SUV is made even more practical and economical. It has retained and further improved the numerous features that make it an ideal vehicle for hauling groceries and baby errands.

The rear doors open to a full 90 degrees that makes access to the back seats easier. In the rear, the side opening tailgate was not included in this year’s model instead a more convenient overhead unit was built.

And since the third generation Honda CR-V targets the women market, it was given a softer and more tasteful look which was accomplished with smoother shapes and a sloping rear end that is complimented by body colored trim, 17-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass equipped on the top-of-the-line 4WD EX-L model.

The interior is also loaded with useful and practical features such as the foldable, removable shelf in the 35.7 cubic foot cargo hull, fold-flat second-row seating, a conversation or toddler check mirror, a folding center tray and lots of storage compartments and cup holders for the driver and the little occupants. The look and feel of the materials as well as the controls is unique and sophisticated.

Other features include a NAV system with a rearview camera, leather trimmed seats and steering wheel, a crisp sounding stereo with pretty stout sub woofer, MP3 jack and satellite radio, heated seats, multiple power outlets, tilt and cruise and an outside temperature gauge.

The third generation Honda CR-V lacks the V6 but its 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine gain additional power that reach 166 horsepower with 161lb-ft of torque which is controlled by a responsive 5-speed automatic transmission with grade logic control which can be further enhance by the addition of a performance Honda part.

The limited power is traded off for EPA mileage estimates of 22 mpg for city and 28 mpg for highway.

In addition, the EX-L 4WD has power that flows through all four wheels especially to the front but reroutes to the rear once loss of traction occurs. The strut-based front and multi-link rear suspension increase the responsiveness and driving handling while the four wheel disc brakes with electronic brake distribution together with the variable assist rack and pinion steering, a drive by wire throttle and front and rear stabilizer bars support the starts and stops.

The third-generation Honda CR-V is also loaded with standard safety features such as ABS, a tire-pressure monitoring system, brake assist, front side and curtain airbags, active head restraints, side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones and remote entry with a theft deterrent system that is aside from its strong warranty schedule.


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