In the last couple of years, Honda was mostly regarded as a green carmaker and the number of models with a special affinity to environment protection is somehow the reason behind this nickname. Although Honda did produce the Insight plus several other hybrid versions of its models, it continued to focus on each of its cars, improving engines and releasing facelifts every once in a while.
Probably the best proof that Honda remains committed to the whole vehicle lineup is the CR-V, a crossover SUV that joined Honda's product range in 1995 and underwent several improvements.
It is generally believed that Honda CR-V was initially brought to life because the Japanese manufacturer needed an SUV to complete the offering, so it used the Civic to give birth to a bigger and more powerful vehicle. The similarities between the two are hardly noticeable but even so, CR-V managed to do a pretty nice job as Honda's entry-level SUV.
The first generation received the green light in 1995, but it was offered a maiden facelift in 1999, when Honda decided to increase output through the introduction of a 2.0-liter 146 horsepower engine that replaced the old 2.0-liter (126 horsepower). If the American facelift brought only minor cosmetic changes, the European configuration featured significant exterior improvements, regardless if we're talking about new bumpers and new paints.
The second generation CR-V was rolled out in 2002 and, just like its predecessor, was based on the Civic. Honda once again changed the engine for the North American configuration, this time offering a new 2.0-liter powerplant with a maximum output of 160 hp. A new facelift followed in 2005 when the Japanese engineers modified both the mechanical and the exterior features, including the all-wheel drive system which was regarded as the best since the SUV's debut.
Just one year later, Honda debuted the third generation, a brand new model that came with improvements at both the interior and the exterior. Furthermore, Honda upgraded trim levels, many people considering the CR-V one of the best equipped crossover SUVs in the segment. Finally, the most recent version was revealed in 2010, once again with improvements at every single chapter, including pricing which saw a $300 to $900 increase, obviously varying by equipment level.
Ever since it made its public debut, the CR-V has won numerous prizes all over the world and a lot of people had nothing but good things to say about the car. Since we can't really trust others' opinions, we decided to take the CR-V for a testdrive and see if it really deserves that many praises. We've tested a 2.2-liter 150 horsepower version with automatic transmission, so read on to find our views on the car.Continue reading