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Honda CR-V gets new style, refinement

October 06, 2006|by KEN CHESTER, JR. / Motor News Media Corporation

Honda ushers in the 2007 model year with an all new CR-V compact SUV. Now in its third generation since its 1997 debut in the United States, the CR-V helped to establish the crossover SUV segment.

The new CR-V adds a sense of style and refinement - bridging the gap between sport and utility - while adding recently developed collision compatibility safety enhancements.

An all-new platform and unit-body construction facilitate the SUV's sedan-like on-road performance, while maximizing interior packaging, optimizing safety construction and providing good fuel economy. The new CR-V is almost an inch-and-a-half wider, while the overall length of the vehicle remains essentially the same as the previous model.

The new Honda SUV is quieter, thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel in strategic areas and expanded use of the latest noise absorption materials to help reduce engine and road noise for an ultra-quiet cabin.

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For the first time, the CR-V will be produced in North America at Honda of America's manufacturing complex in East Liberty, Ohio.

Power for the 2007 front-drive Honda CR-V is supplied by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that was increased by 10 horsepower with a broader torque curve compared to the previous model. The power upgrade is attributed to a slight increase in compression ratio and enhanced valvetrain, intake and exhaust timing.

Torque is communicated to the street through a five-speed automatic transmission. The Drive-By-Wire (DBW) throttle control works closely with the transmission for extremely smooth shift points and intuitive gear holding on hilly roads. Honda's Real Time 4WD system is an available option for motorists who need all-weather capabilities when driving in rain, snow, dirt roads and sandy conditions.

Suspension hardware for the all-new CR-V consists of MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link setup and stabilizer bar at the rear.

Inside the cabin, Honda engineers sought to create a high-quality, advanced and sporty interior space with the latest technology and innovative storage solutions. The CR-V's ergonomics are first-rate, combined with a clever approach to storage integration with fashionably modern appointments and accents. Step-in height is lower by 1.3 inches over the previous model for more sedan-like ingress/egress.

The increased body width allows the seats to be wider and more supportive throughout the cabin. A newly designed folding center tray table not only provides the prerequisite beverage holders and subtray, but upmarket models also provide an additional 12V power outlet and auxiliary audio jack. Top-of-the-line models include a dual-deck cargo shelf at the rear to provide additional storage options in the cargo area while providing enough clearance underneath for grocery bags or items such as a folded stroller. The tailgate has a low load-in height for more convenient loading/unloading.

2007 HONDA CR-V

Body Style: five-door wagon

Models: LX. EX, EX-L

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 103.1; overall length: 178; width: 71.6; height: 66.1 - measurements in inches.

Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder - 166 hp at 5,800 rpm and 161 lbs-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Transmission: Five-speed automatic.

Cargo capacity: 72.9 cubic ft.

Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs.

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