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Two Things The Euro-Spec Honda CR-V Hybrid Gets That Our US Model Does Not

We have discovered a couple of key differences between the Euro-spec Honda CR-V Hybrid and the American version. Here's what we found.

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Our recent test of the Honda CR-V Hybrid left us impressed. However, there were a few things we felt the new Honda CR-V Hybrid lacked that a crossover with its price point should have. Included in the list of what was missing were a head-up display and a towing rating. Interestingly, we have discovered that the Euro-market version of the CR-V Hybrid has both of these important things.

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Honda CR-V Hybrid Head Up Display
We discovered the head-up display entirely by accident. While we were reading over the posts in the Facebook Honda CR-V Hybrid club, we noticed that one new owner had posted the image at the top of our page. Paul Daniel Schneider said in his post that he loved his new Honda CR-V Hybrid Executive trim and we saw that all of his fuel economy numbers used SI units, there than MPG units.

His image clearly shows a head-up display, so we returned to our top-trim US-spec CR-V Hybrid and liked. Nope, no place for a HUD that we could see. The dash lacked the cut-out for the pop-up plastic screen the HUD uses. We enjoy using head-up multi-information displays, and we look forward to that feature being added to the US-spec Honda CR-V Hybrid at some future date.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Towing Rating
Whe we do any vehicle test at Torque News, we always review the specifications carefully. One we always not is the "Towing rating." Every sport utility vehicle should be able to tow a small trailer. Otherwise, it lacks the "utility" part of its name! Nearly every small crossover can handle a 1,500-pound trailer. However, the CR-V Hybrid's US-specifications say "N/A." As in "Not allowed." However, Honda was kind enough to supply us with the Euro-spec sheet for the CR-V Hybrid and it says "Townig Capacity (braked) = 750kg, and "Towing Capacity (unbraked) = 600 kg." So we have a suspicion that the US-spec model can actually tow a small trailer. Honda for some odd reason did not rate it that way.

Our thanks to Paul Daniel Schneider for allowing us to use his post. We hope that fellow Honda CR-V Hybrid owners and fans may find this information useful or of interest.

John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His was the role of battery thermal control designer. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from that career to chase his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on the Torque News Facebook Page, and view his credentials at Linkedin

Honda CR-V image courtesy of Paul Daniel Schneider

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