Friday, October 19, 2012

Versatility, Safety Combine Nicely in Honda CR-V

 Honda's CR-V small crossover SUV has been a winner among consumers since hitting the market years ago, and with a redesign for 2012, those winning ways continue.

The exterior design doesn't get a radical makeover, just a freshening up of sorts. The front fascia has a larger grille and headlights, and the rear is more angular and less round, with the rear lights going higher up the tailgate.

The transmission and engine are virtually unchanged, but fuel efficiency is a bit better. The engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and is linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. Optional is an all-wheel drive system.

Honda has added an "Econ" button to the dash that can boost fuel efficiency when it is pressed by altering the acceleration response. The result is the CR-V getting 23 mpg city, 31 highway (or 22 and 30 with AWD), 2 mpg better than the previous model.


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