As we've said, Honda advertises the CR-V as a very comfortable ride, claiming it could provide one of the smoothest rides in its class. But what we've found is that the statement is only partially true.
In order to discuss about the comfort level provided by the CR-V, we must split this chapter into two separate parts - city and highway, only because of the suspension configuration that changes the car's behavior almost entirely.
First of all, the city. The thing that makes the difference is mostly the suspension configuration because it does a really good job inside the city, where passing over speed limiters is almost unnoticeable while handling remains great. Outside the city however, things are almost entirely in the opposite direction. The car becomes unstable at high speeds and cornering is a real problem unless you're ready to push the brakes every time.
Other than that, it has the things to spoil the driver and the passenger, but don't have too high expectations. For example, our test car was equipped with dual-zone automatic air control, heated front seats, armrests for the driver and the front passenger, an audio system with MP3 support, USB connectivity and AUX port plus cruise control, rain and light sensors and steering wheel mounted buttons.
A number of other comfort features are placed on the options list, such as lumbar support, hands-free function, electrically-adjustable front seats and height-adjustable driver seat plus adaptive cruise control, navigation feature, rear-view camera and adaptive headlights. Basically, there's enough space for all passengers and five occupants should experience no problems from this point of view. The trunk has a maximum volume of 556 liters, but can be expanded to no less than 955 liters with the rear seats down.
The level of comfort provided by the CR-V might be also reflected in the model's name, although things are pretty unclear when it comes to the designation. Opinions are divided into two separate parts: some people are claiming that CR-V stands for "Compact Recreational Vehicle", while others go for "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle".Continue reading