An SUV outside the city should be the supreme joy for every driver looking for a comfortable and safe ride on the highway. Unfortunately, Honda CR-V is far from the "an SUV feels like home outside the city" idea because the car lacks the necessary features to perform well on open road.
Given the fact that it comes with a 2.2-liter engine, it's almost natural to expect at least decent performance on the highway. And yes, the CR-V has the ability to do that, but things are becoming unstable (literally) as soon as you exceed 130 km/h (80.7 mph). The suspension setup that proved so good inside the city is awful and makes the car feel like it's floating at high speeds, turning the whole trip into a risky "adventure".
Noise levels are pretty high, although engine soundproofing is actually good. However, the air flow is the one generating the biggest noises, probably due to the large exterior mirrors and to the reduced attention engineers have paid to aerodynamics.
The automatic transmission is the one that could add some adrenaline to the risky journey we were talking about. Although Honda says it is a pretty advanced device, it doesn't act like one and reacts pretty slowly when you press the throttle harder. We experienced the same scenario more than once: we've tried to overtake a slower driver and, although we've tried the pedal to the metal technique, the transmission unit's reaction was surprisingly bad. Even if there could be the way to fix this issue, the transmission box had no pre-defined modes that could alter the way it works and provide different types of behaviors, depending on the driver's needs.
The 2.2-liter engine generates 150 horsepower at 4000 rpm and a torque of 350 Nm at 2000 rpm, with fuel consumption estimates reaching 6.2 l/100km (37.9 mpg) outside the city. We beg to differ once again, because the best we could get was around 10 l/100km (23.5 mpg) on the highway and 9.0 - 9.5 l/100km (26.1 - 24.7 mpg) on country roads. The maximum speed is 187 km/h (116.1 mph), but you must be really insane to exceed 180 km/h with this kind of car.
In the end, Honda CR-V's ace up its sleeve remains the amount of interior space and the large boot it provides so it seems just perfect for a family of four who doesn't need more than a decent ride able to carry their luggage without breaking speed limits.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
I've always liked SUVs, they're so imposing and you don't have to worry about other drivers, they'll surely get out of your way. That's right, I must admit, I like them big... Stop laughing, I was talking about cars, you dirty minds...
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