The Honda CR-V

One of the most popular manufacturers and the most reliable cars in the automotive industry is currently Honda. They are a popular Japanese automaker has auto plants worldwide, including the United States. One of the most famous models of the Honda Civic. However, Honda has also been expanded in the production of sport utility vehicle or SUV. Currently, the first SUV CR-V. The CR-V was built as a compact SUV, but over the years, this vehicle has become a crossroads and today detectors sold cars in markets worldwide.

Brief history of the CR-V

The Honda CR-V was introduced in the automotive market in 1995. The CR-V was originally intended to be a niche vehicle. This was in part because Honda was hesitant in the marketing of this model on a large scale. Honda was uncertain whether the CR-V would be able to take the place of the Honda Passport as an entry-level SUV in the US

Honda worries were put to rest after entering the CR-V at the Chicago Auto Show 1996. The car buyers and enthusiasts have paid great attention to the CR-V, which is thought to be a good indication of potential sales . Besides this, Honda has also begun to take note of the Toyota RAV4 had achieved success when it was released on the market.

Because of these factors, the CR-V was launched in the US in 1997, along with other SUVs, such as the Subaru Forrester. Since then, the CR-V began building his reputation in the application and reliable SUV. Currently, Honda is about to launch its fourth generation Honda CR-V, which has many new exciting features offered.

What “CR-V” mean?

With all his success and popularity, there is still a question that remains uncertain in the Honda CR-V. What “CR-V” mean? Over the years, Honda has yet to reach a concrete response to the CR-V means. In fact, there are many interpretations of what it represents.

Many auto experts have studied the meaning of the CR-V. One answer might be “civic recreational vehicles”. This assumption is based on the notion that the CR-V was built in civic platform. Many observers believe that this car was originally developed as an extension of the Civic line to meet the needs of hunters Honda cars manufactured after Honda SUV. On the other hand, several literature sales in the UK believe that the CR-V acronym for “Compact Recreational Vehicle”, while the official book made of Honda CR-V in Japan says it’s an acronym for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle “.

Despite the uncertainties associated with its name, the Honda CR-V still has a significant increase in demand and vehicle enhancements that will improve your ability to be a large SUV.

4 generations of Honda CR-V

As mentioned above, the CR-V is a Honda model already operating. To trace its history, a brief summary of the existence of the Honda CR-V.

1. First generation (1995-2001)

The first generation CR-V was introduced in 1995 and production continued until 2001. At the start of production, the CR-V had a single dish and was powered by a 2.0L straight-4 B20B. This engine was capable of producing a maximum power of 128 horsepower and 133 lb-ft of torque. Honda also uses a uni-body chassis when they created their four-wheel double wishbone suspension. The interior is quite spacious and the rear seats can be folded to accommodate larger load.

The external aspects of the first generation CR-V in the United States was dominated by plastics, particularly in its front bumper and rear wing and right and left. After a few years, a new setting has been offered for the CR-V EX trim and so was introduced. Honda was added to adjust EX some features not found in the LX. Other features include antilock brakes. In this particular period, buyers have two options for transmission, FWD and 4WD in real time.

Honda has received much criticism, in particular the lack CR-V to carry out its £ 3200. weight. For this reason, Honda has used the 2.0L B20Z with a maximum output of about 146 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and up to 143 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm replacement. With this engine, the fuel consumption ratings recorded was 23 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway. Despite the change of engine and power increase, the price of the CR-V has remained the same, which encouraged more car buyers to buy this SUV.

In terms of safety, 1995-2001 CR-V models have marginal notes obtained from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is because the results of crash tests conducted by the IIHS found that there is a great possibility that the driver and other occupants of the car to cause injury to his left leg. The agency also noted that the models used, approved by the airbags in the collision, which could cause mild concussion. He was earning a good grade on the vehicle’s ability to provide chest protection to its occupants. Because of these not so impressive results, Honda is driven improvement in the safety features of the future CR-V.

2. Second Generation (2002-2006)

Based on the negative feedback, the first generation CR-V received, Honda launched the all-new version of the CR-V in 2002. These vehicles were considered second generation CR-V. These models are based on the platform used by the seventh generation Civic and the old engine was replaced by K24A1 engine. The new engine produces 160 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Despite the increase in power, this model CRV has retained its fuel economy. This was possible thanks to the use of the i-VTEC system.

After these improvements, the CR-V was subjected to minor changes until 2004. The CR-V has once again received a facelift in 2005 and SE trim has been added to the two existing balances. Improvements have focused on the size of the vehicle wheels, rear lights and vehicle lights and other external changes. There were also revisions within the CR-V in 2005. This included the installation of audio controls on the steering wheel, the stereo has changed, and the headrests of the rear seats have been revised to improve driver visibility on the back.

In terms of security, the second generation CR-V sold in the US were equipped with air bags front seat-mounted side airbags and curtain airbags with rollover sensors to protect all occupants. Honda had also installed ABS, traction control, vehicle stabilization systems and electronic brake distribution.

3. 3rd Generation (2007-2011)

The third generation CR-V was introduced in 2007. The CR-V model is shorter, lower and wider than previous models. The reduction in length was obtained by removing the spare wheel of the CR-V in the back and transferred in the rear cargo area. Moving the spare wheel also lowers the center of gravity of the vehicle.

Honda has also changed the engine used in the third generation CR-V. The above model was removed and the engine liter 4-cylinder version 2.0 was used. This engine produces 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque that is stronger compared to the previous maximum power. Because this fix the engine, fuel consumption ratings CR-V declined to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway.

For CR-Vs sold in the United States, Honda dropped the manual transmission to shift automatically. With this transmission, the CR-V has better movement and handling easier to handle.

With these improvements, the Honda CR-V has become one of the top best-selling SUV in the US in 2007. In fact, the CR-V has beaten some of his closest competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Tahoe. He even went so far that the CR-V has become the number one selling vehicle in the United States, beating the Ford Explorer in number of applications. The Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the US since 1991 to be hit by the CR-V in 2007.

4. Fourth Generation (2012)

The fourth-generation CR-V will be released in the United States during the latter part of this year. Honda has even published a photo of car buyers tease next model. In its latest model, the CR-V has made major changes to its exterior design. The curves and lines of cars have improved further to give the vehicle a high-end look and harder. It is also expected that this version to be more fuel efficient than previous models.

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