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Honda 2014 CR-V is a value packed winner in the small SUV sector

As Honda announces that CR-V sales are up 5.35% over vehicles sold in Nov. 2012, we take a look at why this small SUV continues to outsell the competition. In taking a close look at Honda’s pocket urban gorilla off-roader, I find CR-V EX to be affordable and value packed

While this reporter rarely finds himself captured by the specifications sheet of a small SUV, I must admit that I’m surprisingly impressed by the base price and standard features offered on the 2014 CR-V. 23,509 of my readers bought one from their local North American dealer in Nov.

Second in sales only to the Accord, America’s # 1 selling light vehicle, this Civic sized SUV continues to capture market share in an increasingly competitive segment. Today's smart buyer is not only concerned with sticker price, fuel economy and ergonomics, but also demands a vehicle that will provide them with years of trouble-free service; while looking good doing so. Honda’s done just that with the CR-V.

I like the body line and design cue of the 2014 CR-V. I find the aerodynamic nose to tail drop off of the roof line to work well with the tailgate, taillight integration. It tends to visually pull the body line a bit closer to the ground reducing the truck-look associated with many SUV’s. None the less, the CR-V does offer 6.5” of ground clearance in stock configuration. Wish to go dirt bogging? Go for it.

The interior shouts Honda quality human friendly ergonomics with ample space for 4 adults and accouterments. The sedan- like cab forward cockpit provides an infinitely adjustable driver’s seat, shotgun position with available dual-zone climate control. Featuring an Eco dash button for added economy ( 31 mpg highway,) drive-by wire throttle, ABS braking and Honda’s smart track AWD, the CR-V provides easy driving and top of class safety. As to road handling, McPherson strut front suspension with ample rear shock absorption provides a controlled yet civilized driving and riding experience.

As to exterior and road noise intrusion, Honda engineering’s done a good job here. A decent 160 watt stereo system is provided standard in all trim specifications to neutralize the drone of the 4 cylinder.

Also, for you techies, Honda’s backup camera, voice command satellite linked navigation, 7” touch screen dash monitor and Bluetooth compatibility will add enjoyment to your face-time with the CR-V.

As to cargo space the 60/40 rear fold down seats easily adjust for loading bicycles, skis, camping equipment, groceries, kid stuff, etc. I you wish to tow your toys, the CR-V is rated at 1,000 lb.

No longer than a 2014 Civic Sedan, this transformer is perfect for city and urban commuting. Negotiation parallel parking is not a problem.

Although the CR-V is offered in a 2 wheel drive model for those not requiring Honda’s smart all wheel drive assist, most will opt for the AWD LX or EX model offered at a base msrp of $24,195.

All Honda CR-V models present a more powerful 2.4 Liter 16 Valve DOHC 1-VTEC linked to a 5 speed automatic transmission. Claiming 185 hp and 163 lb-ft torque at 4400 rpm this is the most powerful CR-V to date. I have a close associate that owns a BMW X3. Now, while I won’t go as far as to say that the CR-V will out perform her BMW, I will say that in overall value for the purchase $, daily operation costs, dealership maintenance costs and return for dollar invested at trade-in time, The CR-V is a superior automotive investment.

Do you own a CR-V? If so, I’d like to read your personal assessment of the vehicle here at Torque News. Your thought provoking commentary is always welcome.


Parks McCants    December 6, 2013 - 4:49PM

There's no shortage of Honda CR-V's rolling around Western Oregon. As with most Honda's (all) I've watched this small SUV supper-size over the years. Yesterday I stepped a bit curious and took look. This car appears to be a great value for the $ spent and pencils out for long term, trouble -free ownership.