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Fun for All in the Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is part of the highly competitive compact crossover SUV segment, yet it still manages to easily stand out from the other models in New Jersey. The CR-V is known for its fun-to-drive feel and fuel efficiency, both of which are enhanced by the latest model’s turbocharged engine. Of course, the CR-V is also highly versatile and spacious despite being a compact vehicle. When you fold down the rear seats, the CR-V gives you 75.8 cubic feet of storage. Even with all five seats occupied, you have 39.2 cubes behind the second row.
Speaking of the second row, adults will find it spacious and comfortable, even on long road trips. The cabin is actually comfortable from any seating position with available leather trim, heated front seats, and 12-way power adjustment for the driver. The Honda CR-V is also among the safest models in its class, courtesy of the available Honda Sensing suite with its advanced features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Road Departure Mitigation System.
Updates You’ll Love in the 2017 Honda CR-V
The 2017 Honda CR-V can almost be described as all-new thanks to the wealth of changes for this model year. To start with, it is larger in multiple areas, including increasing ground clearance on the AWD models from 6.7 to 8.2 inches and gaining an additional 1.4 inches in width, wheelbase, and height. Overall, the CR-V looks more athletic than it did before, including new dual exhaust outlets. Despite numerous exterior changes, you will notice that the signature CR-V high-mounted taillights are still there, continuing a tradition from the late 1990s. Even with all the changes, you may need a well-trained eye to spot the exterior differences between the 2016 and 2017 CR-V. That should not be the case inside, where you get a more premium feel along with extra quiet and comfort. The materials are softer and more visually appealing with the steering wheel becoming more contoured.
The center console has also been redesigned in a way that opens up the interior space. You will find the traditional power point in the forward bin, spacious cup holders, and a movable tray over the deep bin that can fit a tablet. The EX trim and higher now have standard Android Auto, Apple Car Play, collision mitigation, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, a digital gauge cluster, and 4 USB ports. Thanks to the CR-V’s exterior growth, the interior of the 2017 has 2 extra cubic feet when the rear seats are in place or 5 more when they are lowered. There are also 2 extra inches of rear legroom. The big news under the hood of the 2017 CR-V is a new 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that is on all but the base LX trim, which gets the 2016’s engine. This new turbocharged powertrain has 190 horsepower and impressive fuel economy.
Creating the Current Model: CR-V History
The Honda CR-V didn’t hit the American market until 1997, two years after arriving in Japan. The CR-V was an immediate success, leading to Honda dropping their Passport, a similarly-sized model made by Isuzu. The CR-V had loose influences from the Civic and was geared towards young families. It had a unibody construction, 126 horsepower, and four-wheel independent suspension plus available Real-Time AWD. The 2002 CR-V got a new suspension and body for the second generation along with a new 160-horsepower engine with i-VTEC variable valve timing for efficiency. The third generation arrived as a 2007 model year with a more quiet and comfortable cabin, a new rigid body design, and a fully independent suspension. It actually got shorter overall, although it also got wider and more spacious overall.
Hondas Abound At Garden State Honda
The Honda CR-V is a favorite car among many drivers because of its compact versatility and the fact it is loaded with technology. To truly get a feel for this car, you need to take it for a test drive. You can try may different options at Garden State Honda in Clifton, NJ. Our dealership can answer all your questions, show you around the different models and trims and help you find the perfect vehicle for you and your family. Give us a call to learn more!