The Real Time 4WD system only comes into operation when required, remaining in front-wheel drive until the system senses the front wheels are losing grip then power is automatically introduced to the rear wheels.
The Honda CR-V's Real Time 4WD system only comes into operation when required, remaining in front-wheel drive until the system senses the front wheels are losing grip then power is automatically introduced to the rear wheels. The Honda CR-V was never designed to seriously venture off road, it is more about lifestyle than need. We did take the Honda CR-V off - in fact up a Welsh hill side via a grassy track, with the permission of land owner. It coped surprisingly well, over the tougher sections you could feel change in traction but ultimately the Honda CR-V is handicapped by not having a low ratio gearbox, locking differentials, etc.
It's now easier and safer to tow using a Honda CR-V thanks to an increase in the towing capacity on models equipped with manual transmission. On the petrol-engined model it rises from 1500 to 1600kg, and on the diesel from 1500kg to 2000kg (braked trailer). All Honda CR-Vs are also fitted with Trailer Stability Assist, which will quickly restore stability by using a combination of reduced engine torque and precisely controlled braking should a towed trailer cause snaking.
It is easier to get in and out of the new generation Honda CR-V particularly due to reduction in the sill and ride height plus the doors open wider. The rear doors nearly open at 90 degrees to allow easy passenger access to the rear seats.
The front seats are wider, longer and have taller seatbacks, which is good news as the older generation CR-V seats were not that comfortable. The seats themselves are made up mostly of high strength steel, with composite components used in the base and the seatback to minimise weight.
Honda CR-V Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda TBA|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||110 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 year / 90,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 15/10/08)||£23,455 with fitted options|